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New National Board Certified Teachers



LILLINGTON, NC – Dr. Aaron Fleming, superintendent, and the Harnett County Board of Education recognized the four newest National Board Certified Teachers during the February Board of Education meeting. Principals of the newest inducted National Board Certified Teachers were in attendance and shared a few words about their teachers. The newest National Board Certified Teachers include Samantha Fiala (Highland Middle School), Emily Denning Makhija (LaFayette Elementary School), Ruth Moore (Overhills Elementary School), and Jamie West (South Harnett Elementary School).

Six teachers were also recognized for the renewal of their National Board Certification. These teachers included Maria Brafford, Marcia Dickens, Eileen Farley, Gregory Griffin, Mary Lasater, and Jessica Moss. In order to renew certification teachers must go through a process that is based on rigorous standards where teachers are evaluated through performance-based standards. Throughout the process, teachers are able to develop professionally through deepening their content knowledge and reflecting on new techniques and to aid in teaching and working with their students in the classroom.

Teachers in North Carolina who achieve certification receive a 12 percent salary supplement to their regular pay that is good for the 10-year life of the certification. They also are awarded eight continuing education credits (CEUs).

North Carolina supports teachers pursuing national certification by providing low-interest loans to pay the $1,900 assessment fee and three paid release days from normal teaching duties for new candidates to develop their portfolios. Also, the State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who are employed in North Carolina and who possess the national certification.

Certification by the National Board is the highest credential in the teaching profession, and participation is voluntary. As a part of the certification process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Certification is currently available to educators in 25 fields.


Photographed (left to right): Samantha Fiala, Emily Denning Makhija, Ruth Moore, and Jamie West