On September 26, 2019, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recognized  school districts across the country that work hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching. The National Board honored 81 districts nation-wide with at least 20% of its teachers have achieved National Board Certification. The 81 Accomplished Districts come from only ten states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. The top three districts by percent of NBCTs are Piedmont City School Districts in Alabama, Bellevue School District 405 in Washington and Nashville Community HSD 99 in Illinois.

“In Haywood County Schools we are proud to be among the top districts nationwide being recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts. We know teachers drive student learning. One way we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage and support teachers in becoming National Board certified. These teachers teach to high standards and reflect on their practice to get better every day,” said Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent.

“High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning. The 81 National Board Accomplished Districts understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because it has a measurable impact on student learning. What parent doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?” said Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Jason Heinz, Human Resources Director said, “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our teachers who have attempted and received National Board Certification. This is a very difficult, year-long process that improves their skills. We thank them for the time and effort they have put into becoming even more effective. We also appreciate Joy Sollie, Sandie Strahan, and Lynn Carter for their willingness to coach our teachers and help them with the process.”


Contact:          Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent