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National Board Certified Teachers

Dare County Schools Elementary teacher reads to classroom while young male student points to page.

About National Board Certification

National Board Certification is a highly respected certification for PreK-12 educators that identifies teaching expertise through a performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment. This advanced professional certification offers numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. The mission of National Board is to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Currently there are 77 NBCTs working in Dare County Schools.

Elevating teaching, empowering teachers

Dare County Schools is one of the top National Board Accomplished Districts in the country with 77 National Board certified teachers.

National Board Certified Teachers

Erin Basilone Kristin Gray Tricia Nicewonger
Hilaire Baxley Jenna Gray Kelsey Oglesby
Suzanne Blackstock Stacy Hanf Suzanne Pack
Katie Blanchard Steve Hanf Laurie Parker
Shannon Brinkley Tami Harper Laura Piland
Ellen Bryson Macie Haywood Jessica Polk
John Buford Kathy Heinrich Sherree Price
Kallie Byrum Debbie Hester Penny Pugh
Diane Childress Shelly Honeycutt Sabrina Ramirez
Helen Corbett Carrie Houseknecht Sherry Smalley
Kim Creef Rachael Isler Amanda Songer
Melody Cuthrell Linda Jernigan Christy Spinella
Triva Day Lisa Johnson Hillary Szalkiewicz
Lauren Deal Tracey Jones Stephanie Tenpenny
Patricia Decker Beth Kelly DeAnna Thornley
Erin DelMonte Kaley Kiffner Dawn Tillett
Kimberly Dickson Holly King Colby Voight
Emily DiNoto Jennifer Kresicki Jennifer Walston
Lea Dizon Mari Beth LaRose John Welch
Esther Doxey Hannah Magee Leslie Wiles
Kristin Dyer Casey Mascio Hunter Will
Lisa Earley Christy May Michelle Winters
Nicole Farrell Sean McCroskey Maria Wise
Evan Ferguson Evan Mechak Jennifer Wittter
Angela Gard Tess Meekins  
Krystal Goris Jeanne Mouser  


Benefits for Students

  • Students of NBCTs demonstrate evidence of deeper learning, nearly three times more frequently than their peers
  • Students of NBCTs gain one to two months of additional learning compared to their peers in other classrooms
  • Positive impact on minority and low-income students.

How Dare County Schools Supports
National Board Certification

  • Mentorships with NBCTs in Dare County
  • National Board study groups and support sessions
  • Educator grants available through the Dare Education Foundation
  • In North Carolina, NBCTs move to a new salary schedule upon achieving National Board Certification, resulting in a 12 percent salary increase.

For more information, contact Diane Childress