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Teachers Complete National Certification

Caldwell County teachers continue to seek the highest level of teaching credentials as more teachers in the school district complete the distinguished national board certification of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

“We are extremely proud of these teachers and their commitment to work toward this goal, which is a very demanding process that may take several years to complete,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps.

The newly certified teachers join an esteemed group of 280 educators and counselors that completed the national certification requirements while serving in the Caldwell County Schools.

Congratulations to the following who recently received notification in 2019:

Jeannie Robinson from Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy

Freda Parker from Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy

Emilee Aldaco from Hudson Elementary School

Stefanie Keller from Happy Valley School

“The NBPTS process is truly a journey that makes you completely rethink what you teach and how you teach it,” said Hudson Elementary art teacher and 2019 national certified teacher Emilee Parker. “Overall, it helped me become a more humble and reflective teacher. I don't think I would have been able to wrap my mind around the process without the help of our county's NBPTS support group. And I'm very grateful to my family and coworkers for supporting me along the way."

National Board Support Coordinator and Beginning Teacher Mentor Heather Puhl leads a support session held as often as two or three times a month for initial candidates. “These meetings provide information on each of the components (facilitated by recent candidates) as well as targeted information about the writing process and evaluating the portfolio,” said Puhl. “These sessions also promote collaboration among teachers and provide a distraction-free environment to independently plan and seek answers to questions that arise throughout the process.”

National certification includes a demonstration of knowledge and skills through a series of performance-based assessments, teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and analyses of classroom teaching and student learning.

As an incentive for teachers, North Carolina continues to offer an attractive 12 percent salary supplement to teachers’ regular pay, good for the 5-year life of the certification, and teachers are awarded eight continuing education credits (CEUs). The state also offers a low-interest loan to pay the $1,900 assessment fee along with three paid release days from normal teaching duties for new candidates to develop their portfolios. The State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who are employed in North Carolina and who possess the national certification. Participation in the national certification process is voluntary and certification is currently available to educators in 25 different fields.

North Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned national certification with 22,653 teachers now certified or nearly one-fifth (18 percent) of all teachers nationally. The total number of nationally certified teachers among all states is nearly 126,000.

The Caldwell County Board of Education will recognize the 2019 national board certified teachers at the January 13 School Board meeting.