PENC serves as an affordable and viable alternative to other professional organizations in North Carolina. And, PENC remains nonpartisan, independent and state-based, with member dues remaining in North Carolina as we work to promote quality education reform.
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
PENC Vision Statement
Professional Educators of North Carolina is a professional organization that serves as THE voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student.
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.
While we are a member of a nationwide coalition of independent associations, our focus is on education issues having an impact in North Carolina.
Member dues remain in North Carolina and are used to support member services and education initiatives.
While we neither endorse nor contribute to political campaigns, we work with all education policymakers to ensure quality education reform.
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.