Former NBPTS Board member Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board as Executive Vice President in December 2014, and was named President & CEO in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She joins the National Board from the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, which she co-founded in 1994 and where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor.
Courtney Cochran, NBCT is a Spanish teacher in the Van Buren School District, and was named the 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year during a surprise event at her school. Cochran has taught Spanish since 2008 at Van Buren High School, where she teaches six levels of Spanish, began the Pre-AP Spanish program, and wrote district curriculum for Spanish Heritage Learners I and II courses. She implemented the Organic World Language program at Van Buren High School.