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NHCS Teachers Achieve and Renew National Board Certification

This year, 23 New Hanover County Schools’ educators have achieved National Board Certification and 33 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 achieving National Board Certification during the 2019-2020 school year:
Lauren Applewhite, Parsley Elementary School
Mary Barnes, New Hanover High School
Corbin Clay, New Hanover High School
Leah Creswell, Winter Park Elementary School
Andrew Croom, Williston Middle School
Carie Elliott, Holly Tree Elementary School 
Krystal Eure, Eaton Elementary School
Erin Gebbia, Bellamy Elementary School
Sheri Green, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Samantha Keller, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Rachel Kirk, Holly Shelter Middle School
Cynthia Laliberty, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Alyssa Langley, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Katy Leonard, Trask Middle School
Kylee Maarschalk, New Hanover High School
William McKibbin, Roland-Grise Middle School
Kathryn Owens, Parsley Elementary School
Kristal Saporito, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Taylor Secco, Sunset Park Elementary School
Crystal Shook, Murray Middle School
Lacey Somech, Parsley Elementary School
 Andi Webb, Forest Hills Global Elementary School
Lucy Wilcox, Parsley Elementary School
National Board Certification must be renewed every 10 years by submitting a Profile of Professional Growth, demonstrating that teachers are up to date on the knowledge and best instructional  practice in their certificate area. These teachers have successfully renewed their National Board Certification:
Travis Beatty, Ashley High School
Sara Butcher, Hoggard High School
Richard Cameron, Bellamy Elementary School
Lisa Causey, Eaton Elementary School
Meredith Collins, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Buffy Constantine, Blair Elementary School
Clary French, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design
Christopher Garner, Hoggard High School
Sheila Hardison, Anderson Elementary School
Catherine Harkema, Holly Tree Elementary School
Candace Hart, Parsley Elementary School
Lawrence Herrick, Lake Forest Academy
Kimberly Houser, Anderson Elementary School
Christen Howe, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Lesley Jernigan, Pine Valley Elementary School
Caroline Kanzler, Eaton Elementary School
Tammie Key, Bellamy Elementary School
Kelli Kidwell, Ashley High School
Megan Labeau, New Hanover High School
Alison Linkner, Castle Hayne Elementary School
Elaine McIntyre, Anderson Elementary School
Elisabeth Mciver, Noble Middle School
Lisa Miskech, Ogden Elementary School
Jessica Moore, Winter Park Elementary School
Marissa Neely, Winter Park Elementary School
Nan Powell, Blair Elementary School
Melanie Rhyne, Sunset Park Elementary School
Jennifer Sulloway, Castle Hayne Elementary School
Denise Summerlin, Murray Middle School
Edward Terzian, Hoggard High School
Kimberly Thompson, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Stephanie Titzel, Roland-Grise Middle School
Christel Williams, Williston Middle School
New Hanover County School was recently recognized as one of the 81 districts across the country named as a National Board Accomplished District and ranks 25th in the nation with 530 NBCTs. 
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 22,653 National Board Certified teachers, with more than 20% of NC educators achieving National Board Certification.  
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 3,831 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 4,787 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2019. These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now 125,990 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. 
NHCS understands the value of accomplished teaching and supports teachers to be their best and supports National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning.  Many teachers state that the process of achieving National Board certification was the best professional development they have ever had. NBCTs often take on school, district, or state leadership roles, and research has indicated that NBCTs are more committed to the teaching profession, staying in the classroom longer than other teachers.
High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards launched this recognition program to celebrate districts that act as beacons for others around the country. 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. 
Teachers must complete an assessment overview based on the following four components:
  1. Content Knowledge
  2. Differentiation in Instruction
  3. Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
  4. Effective and Reflective Practitioner