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.