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National Board Certified Teachers

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards recently notified eight teachers that they had completed the highest credential in the teaching profession.

“We are extremely proud of teachers, counselors, media coordinators, and others who work beyond their assigned scope of duties and responsibilities to reach this incredible milestone in their educational careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps.

The following earned National Board Certification:

Karla Ford                    Baton Elementary

Lynn Bojko                   Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy

Kim Hindman              Collettsville

Carly Schwartz            Davenport A+

Emily Watkins             Davenport A+

Trisha Sigmon             Gamewell Elementary

Lucy Cook                    Sawmills Elementary

Breanna Shinault         Sawmills Elementary

This group brings the total to 297 who have earned national board certification while serving in the Caldwell County Schools.

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.

To assist with this arduous process, the school district provides support through the National Board Coordinator and Beginning Teacher Mentor Heather Puhl who leads a series of sessions for initial candidates.

“These meetings provide information on each of the components as well as targeted information about the writing process and evaluating the portfolio,” Puhl said. “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.”

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.