One-third of North Carolina's teachers hold a master's degree or higher.
North Carolina accounts for almost one-fifth of the nation's National Board Certified Teachers - 19,193. In addition, six North Carolina public school districts placed in the Top 20 districts nationally for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers: Wake County Schools is first again with 2,194, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools moved up to third place with 1,854, Guilford County Schools remained in 10th with 731, Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools held steady in 16th with 513, Buncombe County Schools again placed 19th with 464 and New Hanover County Schools remained in 20th with 425. National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A voluntary process, educators achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. Certification is currently available to teachers in 27 fields.
For the 2011-12 school year, North Carolina employed 93,964 teachers. About one-third of new teachers currently come from other states, one-third through North Carolina colleges and universities and one-third through lateral entry.
Diane Frost, Superintendent of Asheboro City Schools, is the 2012 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.
Patrice Faison, principal of Oak Hill Elementary (Guilford County Schools), is the 2012 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
Darcy Grimes, a third grade teacher at Bethel Elementary School (Watauga County Schools), is the 2012-13 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.