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NHCS Teachers Achieve and Renew National Board Certification

This year, 17 New Hanover County Schools educators have achieved National Board Certification and 17 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.

Congratulations to the following educators for earning National Board Certification during the 2018-2019 school year:

Justin Armstrong, The International School at Gregory
Emily Austin, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Brittiany Barden, Pine Valley Elementary School
Jennifer Booth, The International School at Gregory
Andrea Britt, Williams Elementary School
Jennifer-Jon Choate, Codington Elementary School
Andreea Croom, Holly Shelter Middle School
Lauren Flythe, Murrayville Elementary School
Mary Fischetti, Eaton Elementary School
Ashley Hawkins, Pine Valley Elementary School
Olivia Jarman, Hoggard High School
Leslie Keegan, Noble Middle School
Rebecca McHenry, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Caroline Page, Ogden Elementary School
Gretchen Parker, Forest Hills Global Elementary School
Kaleigh Wagner, Williston Middle School
Jessica Ward, Eaton Elementary School

National Board Certification must be renewed every 10 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:

Jennifer Andersen, Pine Valley Elementary School
Susan Baker, Murrayville Elementary School
Kimberly Bierstedt, Hoggard High School
Jennifer Burdette, New Hanover High School
David Dimuro, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Ryan Hauck, Ashley High School
Sara Haukos, Parsley Elementary School
Angela Hewett, Ashley High School
Tonya Jones, Laney High School
Janna Lennon, Bellamy Elementary School
Kelly Meddock, Holly Shelter Middle School
Randy Miskech, Holly SHelter Middle School
Sheridan Moffitt, Lake Forest Academy
Kellie Shanahan, Eaton Elementary School
Ann Suttles, Pine Valley Elementary School
Stephanie Tew, Forest Hills Global Elementary School
Robert Turk, Hoggard High School

The State of North Carolina encourages and supports teachers who achieve National Board Certification with a 12% salary increase. As a result, North Carolina ranks as the top state with 21,985 National Board Certified teachers, with 21.13% of NC educators achieving National Board Certification. New Hanover County Schools ranks 24th in the nation with 514 NBCTs.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 3,907 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 4,446 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2018. These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 122,000 strong across all 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

Teaching to the highest standards, NBCTs impact students every day: leading from their classrooms, mentoring colleagues, leading school, district, and state systems, working in higher education, policy environments and unions and other associations to advocate for strong policy and practice.

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.