Ten teachers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. North Carolina has 20,677 National Board Certified teachers — the highest number of teachers in a state with board certification in the country.
Board certification is not a requirement to teach in North Carolina. It is a volunteer-based certification that recognizes teachers that have reached certain standards of knowledge and practices established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
CHCCS now has 273 board certified teachers. Haley Wamble, a science teacher at East Chapel Hill High School, was one of the ten that received certification this year.
“It’s a mark of a good educator,” Wamble said. “The board certification process makes teachers reflect on the teaching practices. Because of the reflective process, it makes teachers better.”
Wamble said she has nine years of teaching experience and a masters degree, but a board certification is more of a nationally recognized certification.
“It’s a comprehensive-type of licensure,” she said.
Teachers are also required to submit a portfolio of student work and submit a video of their teaching practices. The application process can take between 200 to 400 hours to complete.
Bear Bashford, a sixth and seventh grade science teacher at McDougle Middle School, also received board certification this year.