Johnston County Schools Celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

The Johnston County Board of Education Recognized seven teachers who recently completed their initial National Board Certification at their February Meeting. Photographed (from left) are West Clayton Elementary teacher Samantha Lam, Clayton Middle teacher Rebecka Mercer, North Johnston High teacher Lindsey Johnson, Polenta Elementary teacher Kirstin Parker, Corinth Holders High teacher Venus Little, and Cleveland high teacher Benjamin Williamson. Not pictured: Riverwood Middle teacher Shannon Joseph.

Johnston County Public Schools honored the hard work of the district’s National Board Certified Teachers during the February Johnston County Board of Education meeting on Feb. 12.

Of the 557 North Carolina teachers who recently earned their National Board Certification, JCPS had seven teachers complete the process for the first time. In addition, the district had 12 teachers successfully complete the renewal process. Johnston County Public Schools now has 199 employees who are National Board Certified.

Johnston County Public Schools welcomed the newest certified National Board Certified Teachers as well as newly renewed teachers.

Initial Certification

  • Lindsey Johnson – North Johnston High
  • Shannon Joseph – Riverwood Middle
  • Samantha Lam – West Clayton Elementary
  • Venus Little – Corinth Holders High
  • Rebecka Mercer – Clayton Middle
  • Kristin Parker – Polenta Elementary
  • Benjamin Williamson – Cleveland High

Renewed Certification

  • Laura Burke – Riverwood Middle School
  • Russ Ann Cook – Princeton Elementary School
  • Karen Covey – West View Elementary School
  • Karen Johnson – South Johnston High School
  • Richard Nixon – Corinth Holders High School
  • Amber Parker – Benson Elementary School
  • Melissa Pearce – Cleveland High School
  • Brandy Peters – South Johnston High School
  • Holly Reece – Princeton Middle/High School
  • Kelli Sanderford – River Dell Elementary School
  • Tania Taylor – Johnston County Early College
  • Casey Tetterton – South Smithfield Elementary School

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the organization that sponsors National Board Certification, advocates for the advancement of student learning and achievement by establishing standards for certifying accomplished educators.

National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession and is achieved through successful completion of a rigorous performance-based assessment.

Candidates create a portfolio, which includes student work samples, assignments, videos, and a thorough analysis of classroom teaching. This voluntary and self-reflective process truly tests the capacity of educators to meet the needs of their diverse learners.