Eight Licking Heights schools are listed among the top tier of teaching professionals in the United States.

Eight Licking Heights schools are listed among the top tier of teaching professionals in the United States.

The teachers were named national board-certified teachers Dec. 15 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

They are the first NBCT in Licking Heights.

Only about 3 percent of U.S. teachers are board-certified, according to information from the NBPTS. Fewer than 3,300 board-certified teachers are employed in Ohio's more than 600 school districts.

Eighteen Licking Heights teachers participated in a district-sponsored graduate school cohort last year through National University, where they prepared four work portfolios, complete with example lesson plans and student work, videos of their instruction and reflective writing.

The one-year application process takes up to 300 hours outside the workday.

Superintendent Thomas Tucker said about only one third of teachers are granted certification after one application.

With eight teachers accepted on their first try, the district's acceptance rate is above average, he said.

"That also speaks volumes about the quality of the individuals," Tucker said.

The certification is a sign of the teachers' expertise, he said.

"It's important in that it demonstrates that our teachers have a mastery of knowledge of pertinent subject matter," Tucker said. "The more knowledgeable and the better educated our teachers are, that's going to pay dividends in the classroom."

The following teachers were awarded certification: Vicki Willet (LH West), Lin Maeder (LH West), Mandy Rubino (LH South), Galen Kendrick (LH South), Brooke Hoskinson (LH South), Jamie Bowsher (LH Central), Cathy Satterwhite (LH High) and Nathan Clark (LH High).

The district will host a celebratory breakfast for the teachers and their spouses at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the high school library.

Tucker thanked those involved in the teachers' accreditation.

"It's a community effort," he said. "Special thanks go the dedication of those teachers and their families because these teachers took quite a bit of time away from their families to complete this endeavor and to the administration and students who were a part of this project as well."