Beginning Teacher Leadership Network

Bringing together educational practice and policy to empower beginning teachers

The Wake County Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) is a teacher-led young professionals network that aims to empower and retain beginning teachers in the Wake County Public School System.

The BTLN was created by the Public School Forum of North Carolina to help teachers develop leadership skills, learn education policy and advocacy, and participate in valuable professional development experiences early in their careers. By empowering teachers to effectively advocate for themselves, their profession, and their students from the start of their teaching journey, educators are more likely to stay in the profession longer.

Learn more about BTLN

Wake BTLN Leadership Council

Educators are empowered to lead in every facet of the BTLN program. With guidance from WCPSS educators on the Leadership Council, participants choose their professional development topics.

2017-2018 Leadership Council:

America Moreno-Jiminez, Sanderson High School

Christina Kern, Dillard Drive Elementary School

Christina Spears, Apex Friendship High School

Erica Everett, Moore Square Middle School

Taura Simmons, Zebulon Middle School

Wake BTLN News

Apex Teacher Calls on Fellow Educators to Accept Challenges

(via EdNC) Wake BTLN Leadership Council member Christina Spears shares her teaching journey and her advice for beginning teachers. Read More

Wake BTLN Blog: November 2017

Beginning teachers learned about the Google Explore tool, which can help teachers streamline lesson planning and enhance students’ learning experiences. Read More

Wake BTLN: A Unique Perspective of Eastern Wake County

Beginning teacher Jeremy Hodges reflects on the history of East Wake High School and opportunities for BTs through Wake BTLN. Read More

Wake BTLN Blog: October 2017

Our featured panelists, Bill McNeal, Jr. and Tom Oxholm, presented highlights from the rich history of WCPSS. Read More

Wake BTLN Blog: September 2017

Dr. Crain, the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Wake County Public School System, led us through various levels of local and state policies that affect education. Read More


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Email Teresa Pierrie, Director of Programs, to find out how you can be part of Wake BTLN.