- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two South Dakota teachers have made the grade themselves and achieved National Board Certification.

Sarah Gross teaches mathematics to early adolescents in the Rapid City Area School District and Jody Neugebauer is a generalist/early childhood teacher in the Garretson School District northeast of Sioux Falls.

They’re among more than 4,000 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve certification in 2014 and 106 educators in South Dakota who have done it.

State Education Secretary Melody Schopp says the certification process is rigorous and includes a comprehensive look at their instructional practices and a commitment to continual improvement.

Three other South Dakota teachers renewed their National Board Certificates: Ellen Cooch of Spearfish School District, Vikki Hasche from Arlington School District and Nichole Melius of Faulkton Area School District.

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