National Board Certified Teachers

As of December 2017, -  101 of  Dare County's current (several retired teachers had certification) teachers have successfully completed the National Board Certification or renewal process, approximately 24% of our faculty. The Board recently changed its procedures and it now involves a three-year process to become certified. 

National Board Certification, offered by the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a way to recognize the accomplished teaching that is occurring in the nation's classrooms. The certification process is based on high and rigorous standards that evaluate teaching practice through performance-based assessments; the ultimate result is improved performance and achievement for students.

The number of North Carolina teachers receiving the certification has grown dramatically since National Board Certification was first offered in 1994 when eight North Carolina teachers received this important professional credential.  

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
  • providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and
  • advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

At the core of the National Board certification process are standards that describe the highest level of teaching in different disciplines and with students at different developmental levels. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and other education experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

To achieve National Board Certification, these Dare County Schools teachers have passed rigorous performance-based assessments including teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough scrutiny of their classroom teaching including student performance. As successful National Board applicants, they have also completed a series of written exercises that gauge their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.


Doug Potter   NHES
Jenna Gray    NHES
Jeanne Mouser  KHES
Krystal Goris    FFES
Elaine Marrion  FFMS
Susan Sawin  FFHS
Shay Crook   KHES
Hannah Magee   MMS
Triva Day       MMS
Steve Hanf   FFHS
Stacey Hanf   FFMS
Shea Bunn    FFES
Emily DiNoto   MHS

John Buford FFHS
Crystal Smith  KHES

New Hire 2014-2015
Tracey Jones FFMS

Ellen Bryson KHES
Melody Cuthrell  KHES
Nicole Farrell KHES
Kristin Dyer NHES
Jessica Lenhart  NHES 
Joanne Juco  MHS
Jessica Polk CHSS
Tod Ray CHSS

Erin DelMonte CHSS
Karen Morgan NHES
Page Sorey NHES
Pam Yelle MES

2013 New Hire 
Lauren Deal, FFHS

Suzanne Blackstock  FFMS
Marcia Finn  MES
Penny Pugh  FFES
Mary Winstead  FFES
Pat Baker  MES
Debbie Hester  NHES
Christy Spinella  MMS
Lee Beasley  NHES

2012 New Hire 
Lea Dixon MHS (R)

Mari Beth LaRose MES
Shannon Brinkley NHES
Anna Thomas MHS
Hunter Will  FFHS
Katherine Baum  MES
Sean McCroskey  CHSSCS
Christine Lively  FFES
Deb Sauls  DCAS
Suzanne Pack  MHS
Stephanie Tenpenny  CHES

2011-2012 New Hires 
Tricia Tawes KHES
Shelly Gregg KHES

Sherry Smalley  FFES
Cindy Beacham NHES
Hillary Szalkiewicz MMS
Jessica Witter MMS
Leslie Wiles FFES
Esther Doxey MES  
Christy May FFHS
Sherree Price MES
Maria Wise FFMS
Chavaleh Nophsker FFES
John Welch FFMS

Marcie Haywood MES
Dorlene Evans MES
Katie Neller FFHS
Laurie Parker  CHES
Carol Dunn  MES
Hope Guiley  MES
Helen Corbett  MES R
Mary Jo Windley FFES R
Susan Blackwell  FFHS
Cathy Copes  CHES
Sharon Crane  FFHS
Kristin Gray  CHES
Tamara Jones NHES
Lisa Johnson   MMS
Licia Kee  CHES
Shauna Leggat  CHES
Colby Voight MES
Jennifer Walston  MES (R)
Kristy Wescott FFMS

Linda Jernigan KHES (R)
Deanna Thornley MES (R)

Beth Kelly FFMS (R)
Kim Creef  MES (R)
Lisa Earley MES (R)
Becki Rea MMS/MHS R
Kevin Cox DCAS
Dawn Tillett MMS R

Tami Harper MES R
Carrie Houseknecht MMS R
Jodie Mitchum FFES R

Emilè Cumpston MHS R
Kathy Heinrich FFMS R
Laura Piland NHES R

Cindy McNeill FFMS R

Linda Austin CHSS R

Allison Rollison MMS R
Bev Twyne MES R

Diane Childress KHES R
Mary Ann Hodges MMS R
Wanda Jordan FFMS R

Angela Gard FFHS R
Amy Powell FFHS R