Hamson receives national certification

Nealy Boyd Hamson, a former Union County resident, is one of more than 730 Illinois teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2009.

Hamson teaches science, as well as adolescence and young adulthood, at Carmi-White County High School.

She is a 1997 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Hamson is the daughter of Connie and Steve Boyd of Anna.

Hamson’s certification is good through November 2019.

Illinois ranks fourth among U.S. states in the number of teachers who achieved the voluntary professional certification in 2009.

Teachers must pass tests in the subject they teach and analyze their teaching strategies to get the credential.

Certification typically takes one to three years to complete.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently released certification numbers.

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