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FARMINGTON — Three teachers in the Farmington Municipal School District have become National Board Certified Teachers and one educator in the district renewed his certification.

The certification is the highest national certification credential for teachers, according to a press release from the New Mexico Board Certified Teachers Network. In New Mexico, educators who reach the status can move to the highest level of teacher licensure in the state, the release states.

The three newly certified teachers are Lisa Holmes, Shannon Gill and Lori McGaha. David Cain renewed his certification.

They are among 23 educators in New Mexico who earned the certification this year and 40 who renewed it. In New Mexico, there are 1,050 teachers with the certification.

Teachers who earn the credential spend more than a year studying their teaching, the release states.

Evelyn Sanchez, president of the New Mexico National Board Certified Teachers Network, congratulated the teachers in a prepared statement.

"These teachers are committed to the profession and raising the quality of teaching for their students," she said.

The newly certified teachers will be recognized at a reception and conference next month in Albuquerque. They will be also honored at the state Legislature.

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