JCS Pre-K Teacher Achieves National Board Certification

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Samantha Janes, a Pre-K teacher at T.A. Lowery Elementary School, has achieved National Board Certification, a program that signifies a teacher has developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional.

The State teacher credential program sets the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified teachers must demonstrate the skills required for this certification. National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program and cannot be completed in fewer than three years.  To be successful, candidates must complete four components of the program:  Content Knowledge, Differentiation in Instruction, Teaching Practice and Classroom Environment, and Effective and Reflective Practitioner.

 Janes has been employed as a teacher at Jefferson County Schools for the past ten years.  She is a graduate of West Virginia University.  Janes said she loves working in Jefferson County. 

“I believe Early Childhood Education is crucial in creating a solid foundation for the holistic development of children, and I look forward to using what I have gained from this experience to further instill a lifelong love of learning in my current and future Jefferson County Schools Pre-K students,” She said. “The time and dedication involved in achieving this certification are definitely worth it as I feel this will be a turning point in my career. The whole process has allowed me to reflect on my practices and grow as an educator, especially in literacy education. I’m excited to take what I have learned to stay up to date and relevant in the classroom.”