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NHCS Teachers Achieve and Renew National Board Certification
Ranking Among Top 30 Districts in the Nation for NBCTs

This year, twenty-three New Hanover County Schools educators have achieved National Board Certification and 15 additional educators renewed their certifications. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

The 2017-18 class ranks the New Hanover County Schools district 23rd in the nation and 6th in the state for total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), with 498 NBCTs district-wide. North Carolina continues to lead the nation with 21,460 total NBCTs, with 21.6% of N.C. teachers earning National Board Certification.

Congratulations to the following educators for earning National Board Certification during the 2017-2018 school year:

Sandra Behrmann, Noble Middle School
Annie Brinkley, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Tricia Christmas, College Park Elementary School
Whitney Coonradt, New Hanover High School
Savannah Crangle, Williams Elementary School
Catherine Edmonds, New Hanover High School
Jessica Eliot, New Hanover High School
Lisa Gattuso, Holly Shelter Middle School
Melissa George, New Hanover High School
Donald Hall, Eaton Elementary School
Peter Hunt, Carolina Beach Elementary School
Lisa Klingensmith, Codington Elementary School
Brandi Laney, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Jeremy Milligan, Holly Shelter Middle School
Janine Romero, Forest HIlls Global Elementary School
Caitlyn Rosander, Sunset Park Elementary School
Christine Sawyer, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Amy Steelman, Murray Middle School
Sarah Veit, Williston Middle School
Mallory Weeks, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Virginia Wheeler, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Mary White, Parsley Elementary School
Cheryl Williams, Williston Middle School

National Board Certification must be renewed every ten years prior to expiration by submitting a Profile of Professional Growth, demonstrating that teachers are up to date on the knowledge and best practice in their certificate area. These teachers have successfully renewed their National Board Certification:

Stefane Beddard, Lead Teacher- English Language Arts, K-8
Bryan Bishop, Isaac Bear Early College High School
Jennifer Booher, Alderman Elementary School
Nancy Brewer, Winter Park Elementary School
James Budd, IV, Hoggard High School
Teresa Conoly, J.C. Roe Center
Sarah Gould, Ogden Elementary School
Pamela Jones, Williams Elementary School
Jessica Mazzaglia, Noble Middle School
Kimberly O’Rourke, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Jennifer Raspet, Hoggard High School
April Schnatterly, Roland-Grise Middle School
Jordan Steinhilber, Murrayville Elementary School
Jessica Taylor, Blair Elementary School
Melinda Wiggins, Wrightsboro Elementary School

Celebrate your school’s National Board Certified Teachers on Twitter using the hashtag #teamNBCT.

About National Board Certification:

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.

National Board Standards define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. They represent 16 different subject areas and four developmental levels and are applicable to most teachers in U.S. public schools.

The Five Core Propositions set forth the profession’s vision for accomplished teaching. Together, these 5 propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards and the foundation for National Board Certification:

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

Board-certified teachers prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers and have an even greater positive impact on minority and low-income students. Board Certification also encourages teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are characterized by better teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement. Districts and schools that want to drive student learning recognize the power of Board certification and are taking steps to empower and raise the status of accomplished teachers. Because Board-certified teachers are recognized as experts, they are often sought out for leadership positions in their schools and districts.

Posted: 01/12/18