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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106 or Judith Reardon 781-338-3105

Certification Review Panel Members Recognized

MALDEN - Fifteen educators who serve as members of the Department of Education’s Certification/Licensure Review Panel were recognized Friday for their years of service.

The Certification Review Panel process has been in place since 1987. Peter Capernaros, a founding member, is still on the panel.

“It is an honor to recognize these volunteers who have assisted us in identifying the most qualified professionals to teach our students,” said Education Commissioner David Driscoll. “They have volunteered countless hours, and are committed to helping us achieve our goal of finding a high quality teacher for every classroom.”

The panel meets three times each month to interview professionals seeking an alternate route into the teaching profession. Candidates who come to the panel have significant professional experience but not all of the specific requirements for certification. Those approved are able to move through the certification process quickly so they can bring their expertise to the public schools.

Each panel member serves on eight sessions each year, and spends a total of 10 hours reviewing the materials and conducting interviews for each session. The panel interviews about 150 candidates each year.

Members of the Certification/Licensure Review Panel recognized include:

Paul Andrews, Woburn; Peter Capernaros, Acton; Mary Alice Garza-Samii, Belmont; William Hurley, Lexington; Mary Ann McKinnon, Bridgewater; Charles Martin, Melrose; Richard Neal, Andover; Joanne Newcombe, Auburn; Susan Nutting, Weymouth; Malcolm Patterson, Wenham; Bernard Roderick, Fairhaven; Mary Ann Simensen, Lowell; Lorne Ranstrom, Quincy; Jack Whelan, Lynn; Michele Zide, Fitchburg.

Last Updated: October 2, 2002
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