The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.


Board of Directors

 Christopher Brown, State President
Teresa Sawyer, State 1st Vice-President
Regina Davis, State 2nd Vice-President
 Lisa Soard, State Secretary      
Carolyn Barringer, State Treasurer
Candace Herring, State Historian
Jerry Sadler, Advisor to the President

District Presidents:

Regina Chappell, District 1 President
Sharon Best, District 2 President
Carnetta McKey, District 3 President
Charles Corbett, District 4 President
Sandra Strupe, District 5 President
Sandy Borders, District 6 President
Dawn Bradley, District 7 President
Vacant, District 8 President

Committee Chairs:

Michelle Bailey, Legislative Chair
 Marjorie Moore, PDP Chair
Frederick McClamb, EHR Chair
Regina Davis, Conference Chair
Andrea Cranfill, Conference Co-Chair

Management Team

Melinda K Zarate, Executive Director
Jennifer F. Tysinger, Financial Director
William K. Johnston, Jr., Conference Director

PHONE EXTENSIONS for (800) 979-2077:
0 – NCATA Office- Melinda Zarate, Executive Director
1 – President Chris Brown
2 – 1st VP Teresa Sawyer
3 – 2nd VP Regina Davis
4 – PDP Chair  Marjorie Moore
6 – Conference Director - William K. Johnston, Jr.

700 – Finance Director  - Jennifer Tysinger
701 – Legislative  Chair - Michelle Bailey
703  - EHR Chair - Fred McClamb
702 – District 1 President Regina Chappell
704 – District 2 President Sharon Best
705 – District 3 President Cornetta Mckey
706 – District 4 President Charles Corbett
707 – District 5 President Sandra Strupe
708  - District 6 President Sandy Borders
709 – District 7 President Dawn Bradley

Upcoming events

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Membership Issues and Questions:

Legislative Issues and Questions:

PDP Issues and Questions: 

TAOY and Scholarship Program Questions:


District Issues:
  • Contact your district president.

Teacher Assistants

"Teacher assistants are remarkable individuals! They share not only their knowledge and love for students, but bring a nurturing spirit to the classroom that inspires learning every day. I hold a great respect and appreciation for the diverse responsibilities they assume to assist teachers, students, parents, and the school community! Thank you NCATA for supporting teacher assistants in North Carolina and ensuring that their work in the classroom continues to be instrumental in moving our schools to greater heights! NCATA Rocks!"

Tanya Head, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Bladen County Schools

Become a member!
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As a teacher assistant actively employed in North Carolina's public schools, you can have access to great educational opportunities, legislative information, professional development, and networking with colleagues across the state, all for less than 13 cents per day! If you are a friend or family member of a TA, a teacher, parent, principal, school administrator, retired TA, you can join as an Associate Member.
Professional Development Opportunities
Demonstrate to students, colleagues, parents, and supervisors that you are the best Teacher Assistant you can be! Maintain the highest professional standards through NCATA’s Professional Development Plan (PDP) certification program/ Discounted rates for NCATA annual conference and educational workshops.

The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants is proud to sponsor a scholarship program for its members’ children. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of up to $1,500.00. Members of NCATA are eligible to apply for a scholarship for their son or daughter. Scholarship recipients are honored at the annual NCATA conference.

Teacher Assistant of the Year
NCATA selects a Teacher Assistant of the Year (TAOY) annually from finalists in each of the eight districts. The recipient of the State TAOY award is recognized as an exemplary representative of NCATA and teacher assistants of North Carolina. It's quite an honor to be selected by your peers to represent them as Teacher Assistant of the Year!

Critical News & Information
NCATA news & updates on informative newsletters and on web site
Complimentary subscription of newsletter to all NCATA Members
Legislative updates and reports designed to inform/mobilize

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
Fax: 1.800.979.2077

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