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Education notebook: 9 Roanoke-area teachers earn board certifications

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Nine educators around the region have become National Board Certified Teachers, which is one of teaching's most rigorous honors.

The area teachers join more than 100,000 educators across the country to earn the distinction. Teachers who obtain the certification go through a multiyear process where they compile a portfolio that analyzes their teaching.

According to a news release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the rigor of certification is comparable to that of certification processes for the medical, legal and other major professions.

The following local teachers earned certification this year:

>> Kerin Mikowicz in Roanoke City Public Schools

>> Candace Holdren in Roanoke City Public Schools

>> Heather Balsley in Roanoke County Public Schools

>> Colleen Anderson in Montgomery County Public Schools

>> Heather Oberg in Montgomery County Public Schools

>> Kristen Cunningham in Bedford County Public Schools

>> Heidi Ward in Bedford County Public Schools

>> Sherry Wiese in Bedford County Public Schools

The certification lasts for 10 years and can be renewed. About 125 local teachers currently hold the certification, including several dozen in Montgomery County and Roanoke.

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The Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference recently honored first-year William Fleming High School Principal Archie Freeman.

Freeman was honored with one of the group's Drum Major for Justice awards at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Banquet, according to the Roanoke City Public Schools website.

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