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ABOUT US

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HISTORY

PENC Celebrates Over 4 decades!

Over four decades ago The Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) formed in Charlotte. The group emerged in 1979 in response to a growing need for an alternative professional association in the state. PENC’s first president, Jan Carpenter, a media specialist at Rama Road Elementary School in Charlotte, stressed the newly formed organization’s opposition to collective bargaining and to closed shops. From its inception, PENC partnered with the Classroom Teachers Association (CTA). PENC opened their first office in 1983 at the back of the CTA office in Charlotte. The two groups merged at the beginning of the 1990s, but the relationship dissolved ten years later, in 2000. 

Today, PENC continues to serve as an alternative to other professional organizations in North Carolina. PENC remains state-based, with member dues remaining in North Carolina, independent, and non-partisan as they work to promote quality education reform. For more information on PENC, visit www.pencweb.org.

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PENC MISSION, VISION & VALUES STATEMENTS

The mission of PENC is to promote education reform for the benefit of all North Carolina children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators.


Our vision is to promote and support confident and effective educators capable of developing well rounded and responsible learners who aspire to achieve their full potential as adult citizens in our state. We will do this by working independently and collaboratively with all stakeholders in the North Carolina education system to improve schools and to advance knowledge, policy and practice in our state.

PENC values:

  • PENC is committed to equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity.

  • PENC is committed to advocating for members to advance and protect their interests and promote education reform for the benefit of students.

  • PENC recognizes the need to recruit and retain quality educators who are afforded fair compensation as well as a stimulating and safe work environment.

  • PENC is committed to building a vibrant and effective professional association

  • PENC strives for excellence through continuous reflection and improvement.

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WE ARE...

FOCUSED ON EDUCATION

Our mission is to promote education reform for the benefit of all North Carolina children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators.

INDEPENDENT

While we are a member of a nationwide coalition of independent associations, our focus is on education issues having an impact in North Carolina.

STATE-BASED

Member dues remain in North Carolina and are used to support member services and education initiatives.

NONPARTISAN

While we neither endorse nor contribute to political campaigns, we work with all education policymakers to ensure quality education reform.

AFFORDABLE

We believe educators should enjoy the best services and benefits at a reasonable cost. We continually strive to make protection and involvement accessible to all educators.