Alexander County School Board members and administration recognized ten certified staff members who completed National Board Certification during the February school board meeting. Five staff members from three of Alexander County Schools obtained certification for the first time. They include Payton Boyles (ACHS), Amanda Marshall (ACHS), Travis Crowder (EAMS), Toni Smith (EAMS), and Ashley Huss (WAMS). Five staff members were also honored that have renewed their national certification. They include Tara Geiger (TES), Angela Hickerson (ACHS), Cristi Julsrud (EAMS), Brian Lewis (ACHS), and Elisabeth Turner (ACHS). North Carolina continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers that have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The certification is rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. Teachers in North Carolina that achieve certification receive a 12 percent salary supplement to their regular pay that is good for the 10-year life of the certification. They also are awarded eight continuing education credits (CEUs).