On November 19, 1979, Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) was formed by a small group of educators in Mecklenburg County. The group emerged in 1979 in response to a growing need for an alternative professional association for educators in the state. PENC’s first president, Jan Carpenter, stressed the newly formed organization’s opposition to collective bargaining and philosophy of non-partisanship. Today the objectives of PENC remain much the same as they were forty years ago. All PENC board members and staff, proudly serves to fulfill the mission of PENC which is to promote education reform for the benefit of all North Carolina children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators