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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: FEBRUARY 13, 2006


Dr. Rebecca Garland, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Orange County Schools, was named the executive director of the State Board of Education today. Garland previously served as the assistant director of the Board from 1998 until 2002.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Garland back to the State Board of Education as our Executive Director," Board Chairman Howard Lee said. "She brings to the Board a wealth of experience from the classroom, the local central office and from the state policy levels."

Garland will begin her new position in April.

The executive director organizes and supports the work of the State Board and its staff and works in close partnership with the chairman, board members and leadership of the Department of Public Instruction.

Garland began her education career in Harnett County Schools in the 1970s as a middle school teacher, including service as a teacher for academically gifted students. During the 1990s, Garland served at the Department of Public Instruction in several capacities as an instructional specialist and consultant for gifted education.

In 2002, she went to Alamance-Burlington Schools as director of middle schools, arts and gifted education. From there, she moved to Orange County schools.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Garland has a master's degree in education from Campbell University and a doctorate in education from North Carolina State University.

Garland has served the state as a member of the Board's Compliance Commission for Accountability and as a member of DPI's Advisory Committee for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Honors Courses. She also is active in a number of education organizations, including the NC Association of Curriculum Development and the NC Association for Academically Gifted and Talented.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.