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Three Local Teachers Receive National Board Certification

Sarah Meijiao Chen (South River High), Sarah Fran Freeberg (Southern High) and Rosemarie Santare Schwer (Southern Middle) each earned the honor.

Forty-five educators at Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) recently attained the prestigious National Board Certification—the highest teaching credential given to educators in the country.

Among those were three educators from the southern portion of the county, including two from the Southern High School cluster.

More than 6,200 teachers nationwide earned the honor, and Anne Arundel County’s 45-member class put it seventh in the nation among school systems with certification recipients, according to an AACPS release. 

The list of local recipients included teachers from South River High, Southern High and Southern Middle. 

Approximately five percent of all AACPS educators earned the certification, and with the 45 new additions, the county’s grand total reached 355 for 2012, according to the release. Additionally, four members of the 2012 class of recipients earned the certification for their second time—renewing the original honor after 10 years.

“I continue to be incredibly impressed by these teachers who go above and beyond to better themselves and their instructional practices,” said AACPS Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. “Their dedication and passion to be the best helps every child in their classroom and beyond, because it also benefits other teachers in our schools.”

The national average for National Board Certified teachers in county school systems is about three percent, putting Anne Arundel’s five percent total above many districts throughout the nation, and second overall in the state of Maryland. 

Below is a list of the educators from southern Anne Arundel County who earned the honor and where they teach:

  • Sarah Meijiao Chen, South River High School
  • Sarah Fran Freeberg, Southern High School
  • Rosemarie Santare Schwer, Southern Middle School

For the full list of recipients in Anne Arundel County, check out the article on Anne Arundel Patch.

Makayla F. January 09, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Mrs. Schwer is an awesome reading teacher!! She rocks!!! Kristin P. & Makayla F.

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