The Lexington, N.C., school district recently honored its National Board Certified Teachers for going above and beyond in earning the prestigious credential. "It takes a lot of hard work and leadership," Superintendent Rick Kriesky said. "You demonstrated you truly are a professional. You are part of a select group. This does make you a better educator." About 20 teachers attended the event, and officials said another seven teachers have applied or are working on applications.

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