State Superintendent's Back To School Message
Welcome back to another school year. I hope you had a great summer. I have seen from recent visits how excited you are to get classes started.
Your excitement is infectious. Thank you for everything you do for our students and your service to our state. North Carolina is fortunate to have you.
I have been a student, a teacher, a local school board member, and now I have the honor and privilege of serving as State Superintendent. But everything becomes different for me this school year. In just a week, I become a parent of a child in our public schools when I drop my daughter off to start kindergarten.
At DPI, we wake up every day focused on making sure we better support you. I know that the best way to enhance my daughter’s education, and that of all our students, is more support, flexibility, and innovation for our educators.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to fill out the surveys we send. Your feedback is guiding my work.
This year, we will have updates for you on our progress to reduce high-stakes testing, improve school safety, highlight and encourage all career pathways for students, and recruit, retain, and reward our educators. I also want to share some highlights from last school year.
This school year, I am excited about continuing the conversation about how best to transform our public schools for parents, educators, and students. Through school visits, the NC Educators Perspective Surveys, and the work of the staff at DPI, we will continue to gather your thoughts and ideas about what we can do to serve you better.
Have a great school year. We appreciate everything you do for all of North Carolina’s students.