JCPS celebrates district’s National Board-certified teachers


Johnston County Public Schools honored the hard work of the district’s National Board certified teachers during the Johnston County Board of Education meeting on Feb. 11.

JCPS had 11 teachers complete their National Board certification process for the first time. In addition, the district had 22 teachers successfully complete the renewal process. Johnston County Public Schools now has 214 employees who are National Board certified.

Initial certification

Alison Deese — Dixon Road Elementary

Karen Kenney-Lassiter — Four Oaks Elementary

Denise Sumner — Four Oaks Elementary

Carmen White — McGee’s Crossroads Elementary

Laura Warren — Micro Elementary

Miranda Lewis — Pine Level Elementary

Robin Dudash — River Dell Elementary

Shelly Thompson — Riverwood Elementary

Jessica Joshchak — Smithfield-Selma High

Elizabeth Gurkin — West Johnston High

Patricia Selah — Wilson’s Mills Elementary

Renewed certification

Rhonda Rhodes — Archer Lodge Middle

Ellen Bergdolt — Clayton High

Kristy Myers — Cleveland Elementary

Allison Redinger — Cleveland Elementary

Courtney Renfrow — Cleveland Elementary

Joseph Capps — Cleveland High

Kenneth Franklin — Cleveland High

Jennfier Froning — Corinth Holders Elementary

Dina Swales — Corinth Holders High

Leigh Ann Freeman — Dixon Road Elementary

Beth Van Horn — Glendale-Kenly Elementary

Beth Gurganious — Meadow School

Joanna Hendershott — Meadow School

Kevin Sevigny — Micro Elementary

Garfield Baker — North Johnston Middle

Allyson Flemer — Princeton Elementary

Elizabeth Price — Smithfield Middle

Bethany Jones — Smithfield-Selma High

Kaye Menjivar — Smithfield-Selma High

Suzanne Sweat — Smithfield-Selma High

Karen Collins — West Johnston High

Shemika Banuelos — Wilson Mills Elementary

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 tests the capacity of educators to meet the needs of their diverse learners.


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