Catawba County Schools, is a district with a bold vision for today—and an eye toward our future. We are committed to Engage, Inspire and Empower both our students and our teachers. By engaging with unique opportunities to learn and lead while inspiring curiosity through exploration and research, we are empowering students and staff. Located in the foothills of North Carolina, Catawba County Schools is a mid-sized district of 15,700 students and 2000 employees. We are centrally located and approximately 45 minutes north of Charlotte and an hour east of Asheville. Living in Catawba County is a pleasure! Find out more about the area through the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.
Teachers in Catawba County Schools are supported throughout their careers. New teachers engage in our Beginning Teacher Induction (BTI) program, one of the top in the state. As part of the BTI program, mentoring is provided for all new teachers at each school site and through the Master Mentor program. All teachers benefit from job-embedded professional development and district-wide sessions focusing on creating personalized and flexible learning for students. Teacher voice and choice is very important in determining what is offered during our Modern Classroom Conference each year. Opportunities abound for leadership development whether a teacher wants to lead within his or her school as a mentor or coach, at the district level as a Professional Development instructor, or as an aspiring administrator. Catwaba County Schools wants you to be successful and make a difference in the lives of our students.
Catawba County Schools provides an eight percent yearly supplement on top of each teacher's salary. We participate in the Teachers and State Employees Retirement System as well as the State Health Plan. Full-time employees receive paid sick, annual and holiday leave. In addition, we offer many choice-options for other financial and insurance programs.
The Beginning Teacher Induction program for Catawba County Schools is very strong. We offer a multi-tiered system of support for Beginning Teachers. Every Beginning Teacher has a mentor and the mentors work together as a team. First year teachers participate in a week-long summer professional development workshop at the district level as well as differentiated monthly sessions. Second and third-year teachers meet twice a year together at the district level. Master Mentors are also provided to Beginning Teachers who may be struggling with aspects of their work. Master Mentors are retired master teachers and can spend more focused time through observation and reflection. Catawba County Schools also hosts an Outstanding First Year Teacher award at the end of each year.