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BCS Ranked 17th in Nat'l Board Certified Teachers
BCS Ranked 17th in Nat'l Board Certified Teachers
Posted on 12/12/2018
High standards for teachers result in effective learning for students.By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Dept.

High standards for teachers result in effective learning for students. As of December, Buncombe County Schools (BCS) proudly ranks 17th in the nation and fourth in the state for the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Furthermore, North Carolina leads the nation in the number of teachers holding this credential from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. BCS currently employs 584 NBCTs.

“The National Board Certification process is reflective of the high commitment to quality teaching here in Buncombe County,” said Associate Superintendent Ms. Susanne Swanger, who oversees Curriculum and Instruction. “I am so pleased that many of our teachers go above and beyond to improve their practice of teaching through this reflective process. It results in better learning experiences for students and is an integral part of why BCS is a national leader in education.”

BCS already maintains high employment standards, requiring all teachers to be licensed through the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction. This licensure ensures quality of classroom instruction through continuing education and accountability, and keeps educators on the forefront of their fields. The voluntary NBCT certification adds an additional layer of rigor to a teacher’s ongoing training, typically requiring one to five years to complete initially.

At the heart of the of the NBCT certification is development of the National Board’s Five Core Propositions:
1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

New NBCTs (as of 12/12/2018):
Michael Buckner
Britney Clubb
Angela Ensley
Elizabeth Ford
Barbara Gulick
Christi Hurd
Philip Justen
Laura King
Lucia Lorenzo
Rebecca McCord
Stacey Pavlina
April Puett
Cheryl Rhodes
Sarah Rhymer
Alan Wilson
Kathryn Wohlford
Karen Yutzy

Renewed NBCTs (As of 12/12/2018):
Shawn Beam
Patricia Berzinski
Charla Bradshaw Greene
Stefanie Buckner
Christine Cutshall
Richard Deloughery
Mark Fulkerson
Aimee Gaston
Jennifer Griffin
Janean Haggard
Margo Hale
Cynthia Hallman-Morris
Amy Harris
Sharon Hawkins
Natalie Henry-howell
Suzanne Hoppes
Mackenzie Inman
Cammy Jacobelly
Lisa Lemus
Robyn Pass
Alison Rhodes
Ruth Shivers
Jennifer Tatum
Mary Thoreen
Jeffrey Titley
Jennifer Vann
Jessica Vernon
Jennifer Williams

Congratulations to this school year’s new and renewed NBCTs!

BCS teachers interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher may learn more on the National Board website.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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