Hear from Megan Ford about having your voice heard at Henderson County Public Schools.
Watching a student's eyes light up because you took the time to get to know them on a level outside of being their teacher is amazing. When schools shut down in March due to Covid, my students were devastated that they were not in my classroom everyday and would get on just to talk. That to me, is what teaching is all about, the relationships.
I teach to touch the lives of my community. I grew up in this community and it molded me into the person I am today. Past teachers are the ones who helped lead me to reach the dreams that I aspired to. I teach because I want to be the stepladder for students to acheive their dreams. I want to make a difference. I want students to know they are capable of anything they set their minds to and that they have my support along the way. I want to teach them to love, to forgive, to strive, and to have courage not just the standards that we are asked to teach. To show them they must lead by example.
Henderson County Public Schools is located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are very proud of our school system and the accomplishments of our students and staff. We have a reputation for being one of the top school systems in the state, and we want to continue to achieve at high levels and provide a rich learning environment for our students. The success of our school system is due to our hardworking professionals, our parents, and the support of our community.
Our vision is that every student will achieve success and graduate as a life-long learner, globally competitive, prepared for career, college, and life. We continue to have one of the highest graduation rates in the state, and our dropout rate continues to decline. All four of our middle schools have received national recognition for their emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to adolescents’ needs and interests, and commitment to equal access to high-quality education, thus earning the designation as Schools to Watch. Our SAT and ACT scores continue to be above the state and national average. Our schools continue to receive positive recognition for student performance on the North Carolina ABCs accountability model. Our students excel in many extracurricular areas such as band, chorus, and athletics.
We take great pride in hiring, retaining, and growing great teachers. We have a robust Beginning Teacher program that starts before the school year and meets monthly. Our goal is to provide support, encouragement, and guidance for all teachers. We value collaboration, communication, consistency, commitment, and compassion. We believe these characteristics are the framework for positive school culture.
Henderson County has a reputation for being one of the top school systems in North Carolina. We provide support, free of charge, for teachers who want to obtain their National Board Certification. The pass rate for Henderson County teachers is much greater than the state average.
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