Saturday , 24 February 2018
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Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin Named North Carolina Deputy State Superintendent

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.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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