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Craven County Schools

Hear from Gayle Hardy about the heart of the profession of teaching at Craven County Schools.

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Meet Gayle Hardy

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Growing up as a shy student in Craven County, I was not used to being with lots of children and didn't begin with a love of school. The strong, compassionate teachers accepted and encouraged me, and showed me that learning could be fun and meaningful. They taught me to expand my world and participate in my learning. As examples of hope, humor, diversity, and acceptance, they daily modeled love and perseverance. They saw in me what I didn’t see in myself. I have always aspired to be like them!


  • 9th-11th AVID Elective Teacher



  • 2020 Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year
  • 2019 New Bern High School Teacher of the year
  • 2019 AVID National Convention Speaker
  • 2015 New Bern High School Teacher of the Year

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

At the core of everything I believe about teaching and learning, lies the belief that all students - regardless of age, ethnicity, background, or culture - are created to learn, grow, and achieve, and impact our world. While there may be circumstances that contribute to or detract from their abilities to perform to pre-existing standards, the potential for unprecedented growth and success lies firmly rooted in their make-up. The heart of our profession is to search tirelessly along with our students to find that potential, to help them recognize their own worth and to help them see themselves as limitless. It is in the building of relational capacity that students not only grow academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Within those relationships lie my motivation, dedication, and commitment to my students. The world is ever-changing and subject matter may change over time. But one thing that never changes is our need for human connection and our student's need for guidance, encouragement, and the opportunity to exceed even their own expectations. What an honor!

Craven County Schools by the numbers

  • 953

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 14,000

    Engaged Learners

About Craven County Schools

  • About Craven County Schools

    Craven County is home of the first state capital, to historic Tryon Palace, and the birthplace of Pepsi Cola. Craven County School District consists of 25 schools and serves approximately 14,000 students from Pre-K to 12. Two schools are early colleges and are part of our strong partnerships with East Carolina University and Craven Community College. Our educational foundation, Partners in Education, is a school/business partnership that has over 1,000 members and supports new innovative programs in the schools.

  • Teaching in Craven County Schools

    Craven County Schools is proud to use the North Carolina Beginning Teacher Support Program, focused on helping new teachers promote high achievement among students. Our enhanced comprehensive system is based on the idea that learning to teach is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting and we provide one-on-one mentoring as part of that. We are committed to providing a seamless layer of support for beginning teachers.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Teacher salary is based upon a state pay school in accordance with your years of experience. Benefits in Craven County Schools flow generally from those offered to all state employees in North Carolina. Craven County Schools offers a variety of plans to accommodate your lifestyle needs. The agency which administers additional offered benefits is The Pierce Group.

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