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Top-tier teaching rippling throughout district

Gary L. Leonard, Catherine Oldham, Michelle Scott,  Dr. Salita Callicutt, Charity Clark, Dr. Randy Bridges

PITTSBORO — North Carolina leads the nation with 23,090 teachers having earned certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and Chatham County Schools bolstered that number. 

The district’s educators most recently earning national board certification are: 

  • Chatham Middle School educator Kevin Bishop, who earned certification in social studies and history for middle and high school students
  • Dr. Salita Callicutt is an itinerant teacher, who earned certification as an exceptional needs specialist for students in elementary through high school
  • Horton Middle School educator Charity Clark earned certification in mathematics for early adolescents

That makes 74 Chatham County Schools educators with national board certification.

North Carolina teachers with national board certification receive a 12 percent supplement to their salary, as well as eight credits for continuing education. The certification — the highest credential in the teaching profession — requires candidates to build a portfolio that includes work samples from students and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. 

Chatham County Schools teachers who earned national board certification during the 2019-20 school year are:

  • Catherine Oldham, who teaches at Moncure School and Pittsboro Elementary School; she earned certification in literacy for reading and language arts for elementary and middle grades 
  • Michelle Scott, an educator at Silk Hope School; she earned certification in school counseling for students in elementary through high school  
  • Sydney Sportelli, an educator at North Chatham Elementary School; she earned certification as an early childhood generalist
Pittsboro Elementary School educator Karen Jeremiah renewed her certification in library media for students in elementary school through high school. 

Chatham Middle School educator Theresa Joyner renewed her certification in social studies and history for early adolescents. 

Chatham Grove Elementary School educator Emily Richardson renewed her certification as an elementary school generalist. 


Published March 22, 2021