SDOC celebrates Four National Board Certified Teachers

The School District of Oconee County is proud to announce that, in addition to the 98 Oconee County teachers who are already certified under the stringent National Board process, four more teachers have met the requirement. This brings Oconee County’s number to 102 teachers who are National Board Certified.  Congratulations goes out to Chandra Black of Fair-Oak Elementary, Katherine Elliott of Walhalla Middle School, Brandy Head of Walhalla Middle School and Kelley Smith of Keowee Elementary for being the newest National Board Certified Teachers in the District. The process is a stringent one that can take one to three years to complete. The teachers receiving this certification are analyzed and critiqued by national assessors for their classroom teaching, their work with students, community/professional activities, and their ability to pass a comprehensive examination in their teaching area. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification receive several incentives including up to a $7,500 a year pay increase for every year they teach after receiving certification for the 10-year life of their certificates.