Newport News Public Schools – Update July 2022

Charles Elementary librarian earns National Board certification 

Left to right: George Parker, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools, Karen Digiorgio and Douglas Brown, chair of the NNPS Board

Karen Digiorgio, library media specialist at B.C. Charles Elementary School, earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mrs. Digorgio completed the rigorous process to become recertified in Library Media, pre-K through 12.

National Board certification is a symbol of excellence in teaching and professional growth and the highest credential in the teaching profession. The certification process usually takes between one and three years. Candidates successfully complete the assessment process by preparing a career portfolio of good teaching practices, examples of student work and multimedia teaching samples. A reflective written component addresses teaching goals, methods and results. Candidates also must pass an extensive series of rigorous written exercises.

Warwick student earns state debate title 

Left to right: Superintendent Parker, Jan Fedyszyn and Douglas Brown

Jan Fedyszyn, a member of the Warwick High School Debate Team, has been named Virginia High School League Class 4 Lincoln-Douglas Debate State Champion. 

This debate season, Fedyszyn, a junior at Warwick, earned a top placement in regional and super regional competition, giving him the opportunity to advance to state competition. 

During the state competition, he competed in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. This year’s debate topic was “In a democracy, a free press ought to prioritize objectivity over advocacy.” Participants had to debate both sides. 

Fedyszyn outlined the pros and cons over a series of seven dates, receiving a final score of five wins and two losses, earning him the coveted state title.

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