CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia now has nearly 750 nationally certified teachers.
The state Department of Education says 53 teachers received National Board Certification in 2013. That brings the state's total to 749.
The department says National Board Certification means the teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.
Four teachers from Kanawha County -- William Dorsey, June Klassen, Emily Patterson and Kelly Plutro - and four from Putnam County -- Sherri Lyons, Maureen Miller, Keisha Runion and Marjorie Snyder - are among the new board-certified teachers.
Wood County leads the state with 86 nationally certified teachers, followed by Berkeley County with 60 and Cabell County with 59.