The State Board of Education hired Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, former NCDPI chief academic and digital learning officer and Thomasville City Schools’ superintendent, last week as the new deputy state superintendent at the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Pitre-Martin has assumed her new duties.
State Board Superintendent Advisor Freddie Williamson praised the selection of Pitre-Martin. “I am extremely satisfied by this choice,” he said. “Dr. Pitre-Martin’s experience as a local superintendent and also as a state education leader will serve the local school districts well. She understands the critical role of collaboration and ongoing communication with the local districts and schools. This makes such a difference.”
Wake Superintendent and in-coming State Board Advisor Jim Merrill congratulated the Board on the selection. “We look forward to working with Dr. Pitre-Martin in her new capacity as deputy superintendent,” he said. “Her experience in DPI and in a local school district as superintendent brings great knowledge and credibility to the role. The superintendents in North Carolina look forward to working with her.”
In addition to her professional roles in North Carolina public schools and at the state education agency, Pitre-Martin has held positions as the chief academic officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and the assistant superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. Pitre-Martin served as the director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas, and the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. In 2002, Dr. Pitre-Martin was the Texas Middle School Principal of the Year.
Pitre-Martin received a bachelor’s degree in English and speech in 1989 and a master’s degree in organizational communication in 1997, both from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She obtained a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from Texas A&M University in 2000. In 2008, Pitre-Martin graduated from the Broad Superintendent Academy.
For more information, please contact the NC Department of Public Instruction Communication division at 919-807-3450.