CULLOWHEE, N.C. (June 23, 2020) – Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) has appointed Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) Julie L. Hart to the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.
“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Hart to the NCCAT Board of Trustees and appreciate her willingness to serve,” NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble said in an NCCAT news release.
A homegrown HCPS educator and West Henderson High graduate, Hart will be teaching English at North Henderson High School this year, transitioning from the 7th-grade classroom. She began her career with HCPS in August 2019 as an English teacher at Apple Valley Middle, upon graduating from UNC–Asheville with her Degree in Literature and Teacher Licensure.
“It was on my heart to serve and grow as a teacher beyond the classroom, but I was unsure how,” Hart said. “When Sen. Chuck Edwards told me earlier this year about the NCCAT Board of Trustees, I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to serve!”
In addition to teaching 90-minute blocks of class, Hart will be responsible for professional development, weekly mentor meetings, creating unit lesson plans using Next Generation Learning-Focused Lesson Plan, collaborating with educators of other core subjects, parent communication, and teaching/modeling the Leader In Me initiative at North.
“We are so pleased with Julie Hart’s appointment to the NCCAT Board of Trustees. Her commitment to quality teaching and learning aligns well with the NCCAT mission,” said HCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Jan King. “Just as she is fully committed to the students she serves, Ms. Hart will be a positive and contributing member of the NCCAT Board.”
Hart’s term begins July 1, 2020 and expires June 30, 2024.
Per Section 115C-296.6 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the NCCAT Board of Trustees is composed of the following membership: the Chairman of the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or their designees (both ex officio members); two members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; two members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and eight members appointed by the Governor, one from each of the eight educational regions.
Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices, and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.