Beginning Teachers

  • OUR WHY?  

    Beginning Teacher Support is crucial for the retention of our teachers in their first through third years.  In Orange County Schools, we acknowledge and embrace that the single most important factor in assisting beginning teachers with professional growth is successful mentorship.  We view the mentorship of beginning teachers as the collective responsibility of our entire school community.  OCS Beginning Teachers will receive the support of Lead Mentors, Instructional Coaches, Administrators, and the Central Office.  It is our goal to create a learning environment where new teachers can grow and flourish.  OCS not only wants you to start your career with us, but we want you to stay in Orange County Schools for years to come. 


    The primary goal of the Orange County Schools (OCS) Beginning Teacher Support Program (BTSP) is to help new teachers improve their skills and build confidence to become successful educators.  We want to ensure that our newest faculty members have every opportunity to achieve success.  The BTSP seeks to build a qualified, experienced group of teachers who will improve student achievement.  In compliance with provisions established by the North Carolina State Board of Education under TCED-016, OCS will structure its service delivery focused on the following standards.





    The North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NCNTSP) 

    NC NTSP is implemented by the University of North Carolina General Administration, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The program is organized and administered through a central NC NTSP office and four regional anchor sites located at UNC Institutions; East Carolina University, the UNC Center for School Leadership Development, UNC Greensboro, and UNC Charlotte. Orange County Schools values its partnership with the NC NTSP and will designate funding to serve beginning teachers.  

    Partnering with NC NTSP is crucial in providing structured, targeted, and timely support to the unique needs of beginning teachers. Not only will the NC NTSP coaches work directly with identified beginning teachers, but the NC NTSP will also collaborate with school-based administrators, coaches, and lead mentors to engage in weekly coaching sessions with beginning teachers.  Furthermore, NCNTSP will provide professional development for our mentors throughout the calendar year to address specific topics unique to the growth of beginning teachers.  

    For more information on Beginning Teacher Support for Orange County Schools, check out the OCS Beginning Teacher Support Plan


    Rhonda Wood

    Beginning Teacher and Mentor Support Coordinator

    920 Corporate Dr., Hillsborough, NC 27278

    (919) 245.4100 ext. 17507 | Website



teachers engaging in beginning teacher support training
  • Congratulations to Sarah Woody, 23-24 OCS Beginning Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Sarah Woody, 2022-2023 OCS Beginning Teacher of the Year.  

  • Xavier Adams, NCCAT 2021 BTOY

  • Check out our BTs hard at work at the Beginning Teacher Institute!