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The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that 53 teachers in West Virginia achieved National Board Certification this year, demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for success in college and career.

For 2013, West Virginia ranks 20th in the number of teachers who certified this year. The total number of National Board Certified Teachers in the state is 749, making it 25th in the nation.

Berkeley County leads this year's list of newly certified teachers with 16 new NBCTs this year, bringing their total to 60, passing Cabell County for second place for counties with the most NBCTs. Wood County certified four teachers this year and keeps the top spot in the state in total number of NBCTs per county with 86. The top five counties are: Wood, 86; Berkeley, 60; Cabell, 59; Monongalia, 52; and Putnam, 36.

West Virginia's 53 teachers receiving national certification in 2013 are:

Berkeley - April Bageant, Samara Bennett, Jessica Butcher, Teresa Campbell, Helen Colburn, Rachel Eversole, Rhonda Foreman, Laren Funderburk, Elizabeth Hamman, Brande Hockensmith, Amy Mason, Cheryl Reid, Michele Santos, Candee Schneider, Colleen Shipley and Kimberly Starner

Boone - Marsha Raker

Cabell - Michele Goodson

Greenbrier - Jeffrey Owens

Hancock - Donna Carnes, Lynn Elliott, Jennifer Hardy and Rikki Regan

Jackson - Kelley Adcock

Jefferson - Amanda Rinard

Kanawha - William Dorsey, June Klassen, Emily Patterson and Kelly Plutro

Marion - Toni Poling

Mercer - Laura Presley

Mineral - Misty Benedict

Monongalia - Kevin Colistra, Melissa Forinash and Jessica Nelson

Ohio - Gail Adams, Meredith Dailer, Courtney Troullos and Kristy Villani

Putnam - Sherri Lyons, Maureen Miller, Keisha Runion and Marjorie Snyder

Raleigh - Jamie Harvey and Allison Shriver

Taylor - Corey Humphrey and Stacy Ward

Upshur - Brent Kimble

Wood - Linda Hindman, Candace Lewis and Vicki Ruble