Two teachers from Harrisburg are among five South Dakota teachers to achieve National Board Certification in 2017. They all join over five thousand elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to be honored.

The achievement raises the number of National Board Certified Teachers in South Dakota to 111.

“National Board Certified teachers demonstrate a deep knowledge of their content and a commitment to improving their instruction. It’s no easy task, and I congratulate them on the accomplishment,” South Dakota Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard said in a statement.

South Dakota’s 2017 recipients include:

•    Chelsey Coverdale, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Harrisburg School District
•    Carla Diede, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Harrisburg School District
•    Crystal McMachen, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Rapid City Area School District
•    Ann Noyes, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Pierre School District
•    Andi Ward, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Summit         School District

National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of a teacher's teaching skills and content knowledge. The certification process takes one to three years to complete. National Board Certified teachers demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices similar to the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine.

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