Nestled in the center of North Carolina, just a thirty-minute drive from Raleigh, the Harnett County School system offers a small town atmosphere with BIG opportunities for students, staff and communities.
Our location is great—we are a short drive from both the coast and the mountains, as well as amusement parks and recreational activities along the Cape Fear River. Cost of living expenses in our area allow our teachers to maximize their disposable income.
We serve more than 20,000 students in our 28 schools. We pride ourselves in rich technology and robust professional development. To assist, each school is assigned an individual Instructional Coach to support teachers and their approaches to instructional practices. Each school is also provided a Recruitment and Retention Coach who serves new teachers within the district. Harnett County Schools will be the North Carolina model for developing globally competitive and highly productive citizens. Led by a progressive superintendent, knowledgeable school administrators and skilled teachers, our students and their success guide our mission each day.
Instructional Coaches, Instructional Technology Facilitators, Exceptional Children Coaches, and Recruitment and Retention Coaches provide multiple opportunities and tiered approaches for professional development within our district. Teachers are encouraged to lead in their schools by serving as department chairs, team leaders and on committees and in clubs.
Novice teachers are each assigned a mentor at the school level as a point of contact for support and teacher development. Teachers with more than three years experience are encouraged to pursue National Board Certification or mentor support and training at the district level.
Campbell University supports our school district in a variety of ways. Technology is widely available to enhance instructional practices and data analysis. Individual school administrators work diligently to build positive climates and promote learning opportunities for students. Professional development for aspiring leaders is provided in our district for teachers who desire to serve as building-level administrators.
In addition to the state salary schedule, our district provides a supplement for certified staff members twice a year. Harnett County Schools publishes Work Perks as a service to employees. Work Perks is a list of businesses that have informed the district that they offer HCS teachers/employees a discount over their regular rates or other financial incentives. Teachers who are pursuing alternative licensure can apply for reimbursement of coursework and/or testing annually.
Growing Greatness from the Ground Up: our own campaign targeting high school students in hopes they will enter the teaching profession. Within that Future Teacher Forum, there's a specific goal of recruiting college students interested in teaching within our district.
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