Michael F. Easley

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Dempsey Benton

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: December 10, 2007

  Contact: Carol Schriber

DHHS teachers receive National Board Certification

RALEIGH The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Education Services (OES) has announced that seven DHHS teachers were certified as National Board Certified Teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during the 2007 certification cycle.

The teachers certified this year teach in programs across the state: Linda Wooten from the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh; Rhonda Butler from Murdoch Center in Butner; Cindy Boyd from the Early Intervention Program for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Wilson; Sharon Smith from the Division of Services for the Blind in Raleigh, and Kim Griffith, Kimberly Kennedy, Susan Meready, Paula Moffitt, and Kim Tyndall from Caswell Center in Kinston.

The newly certified teachers bring the DHHS total to 47. North Carolina has 12,770 National Board Certified Teachers, more than any other state. Nationally, there are 64,000 NBCTs.

Currently, teachers in all DHHS educational programs are eligible to participate if they hold a continuing North Carolina teaching license, have been employed by the state as a teacher for at least three years, and are currently in a state-paid teacher position.

Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A teacher-driven, voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.  

“Our department is extremely fortunate in attracting and retaining a significant number of high-quality teachers to serve in the educational programs that we provide,” said Dr. Dwight Pearson, acting superintendent of the OES. “The quality of teachers working with the diverse group of children and adults served by DHHS is evidenced by those achieving National Board Certification each year.” 



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