HCPS Honors 24 National Board Certified Teachers

A collage of 10 photos of Teachers that received a new national board certification. There is text that says "New NBCTs!"

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. Feb. 12th – Henderson County Public Schools today announced that 24 educators have earned the most nationally respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified 10 HCPS educators for the first time, while an additional 14 HCPS educators achieved re-certification.

The optional intensive certification process has extremely high standards for teachers. The rigorous performance-based assessment typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do.

To keep certification active, NBCTs must successfully complete a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) every five years. This 40-60 hour investment requires NBCTs to provide a written commentary describing professional growth experiences in their careers that have significantly impacted student learning and involved collaboration, and illustrate the expectation that the educator has continued to grow professionally since certification.

The achievements of all 24 educators will be recognized during the regular monthly meeting of the Henderson County Public School Board on Monday, Feb. 12 at 4 pm.

Earning 2023 certification for the first time, are the following HCPS educators:

Holly Kolarova – Clear Creek

Brittany Garber – Dana

Teresa Rhodes – Etowah

Ivy Graham – Glenn C. Marlow

Kayla Fadden – Hendersonville Elementary

Rachel Stertzbach – Mills River

Wayne Nock – North Henderson High

Molly Wright – Rugby

Jessica Bubenzer – Rugby

Rachel Lampros – West Henderson High


The following teachers earned their 2023 NBCT certification through the recertification process:

Wendy Riley – Bruce Drysdale

Erica Van Autreve – Bruce Drysdale

Linda Carrillo – East Henderson

Jennifer  Quinn – East Henderson

Joel Thiery – Flat Rock

Kathryn Prochilo – Hendersonville Elementary

Anne Boyette – Hendersonville Middle

Zoe Faircloth – North Henderson

Kristen Johnson – Rugby

Angela Peters – Rugby

Kelly Risley – Rugby

Janet Covington – Sugarloaf

Karla Lindsey – Upward

Dena Rashkover – Upward

As a part of the initial certification process, new candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes, and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

“The pursuit of National Board certification is time intensive, but these teachers have seen the value of the work and  the benefit that reflecting on their craft brings them, and ultimately, their students,” said Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Shannon Marlowe.

“In Henderson County we believe the National Board process allows teachers to grow as professionals. It also enhances their work as educators in the classroom, benefitting our students. This is a key reason we arrange  for ongoing support for candidates throughout the year with former HCPS teacher Lynn Carter.  Teachers who pursue National Board certification are true teacher leaders, and we are proud to support them in their journey.”

Currently in HCPS,192 teachers are National Board Certified.

With 24,243 teachers in the state with the certification, North Carolina leads the nation in having the most teachers with the credential, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Of the 3,527 teachers who earned national certification for the first time in the 2022-2023 school year, North Carolina came in second only to Maryland with 549 educators achieving certification for the first time.