June St. Clair Atkinson, State Superintendent

June St. Clair Atkinson was elected as the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2004, re-elected in 2008, and re-elected for a third term in 2012. Dr. Atkinson is North Carolina's first woman elected to this position. She heads the NC Department of Public Instruction, an agency which she served for nearly 34 years as a chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services. As a former business education teacher, Atkinson has been involved in instruction and curriculum development throughout her career. She is past president of the National Business Education Association, Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools that Work, and the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. Atkinson is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa and was inducted into East Carolina University's College of Education Educator Hall of Fame in 2008. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Education from Radford University in 1969, a Master's degree in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech in 1974, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University in 1996.

Rebecca Garland, Deputy State Superintendent

Rebecca Garland serves as the Deputy State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction. Prior to being named to this position in March 2014, she was the Department's Chief Academic Officer. In her 30-plus years in education, Garland has served as the executive director for the North Carolina State Board of Education, an associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Orange County Schools, a director of Middle Schools/Arts/Gifted Education for Alamance-Burlington Schools, a consultant for the NCDPI in content and gifted education, and a teacher with Harnett County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, a Master's degree in Education from Campbell University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from North Carolina State University.

Tracy Weeks, Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer

Tracy Weeks is the first Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer to serve the Department of Public Instruction. North Carolina is one of the first states in the nation to combine academics and digital learning in this way. Before joining the Department in March 2014, Weeks served as the executive director of the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also is a former high school math teacher, instructional technology specialist and adjunct assistant professor at the university level. She has strong experience in collaborating with teachers on integrating technology and online learning into their classes; leading teams in developing and implementing online curricula; and managing and organizing the business, financial and instructional aspects of the NCVPS, the nation's second largest virtual public school. Weeks has a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in instructional technology and doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from North Carolina State University.

Philip Price, Chief Financial Officer

Philip Price rejoined the NCDPI in November 2002 as Chief Financial Officer. Price originally joined the Department in 1978 after graduating with degrees in Accounting and Economics from North Carolina State University. He worked in various capacities within the accounting operations of the NCDPI until December 1999. From December 1999 until he returned to the Department in late 2002, Price worked with the Fiscal Research staff of the North Carolina General Assembly where he continued to concentrate on public schools.

Michael Nicolaides, Chief Information Officer

Michael Nicolaides is the Chief Information Officer for the NCDPI. Prior to joining the department in March 2014, he served as Virginia Beach City Public Schools' technology director where for the last decade he led a large team of IT professionals in maintaining, supporting and enhancing the entire IT infrastructure for the school district that served 87,000 users. In addition, he lead the implementation of enterprise application systems such as student information, instructional improvement, content and collaboration, and HR-Payroll systems. Prior to that he was vice president for Information Systems for Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network in Cyprus and Rome, Italy. Nicolaides is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds two bachelor of science degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Electrical Engineering, and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering.


Mike McLaughlin, Senior Policy Advisor to the State Superintendent
Rachel Beaulieu, Legislative and Community Affairs Director
Jeani Allen, Internal Auditor


Lou Fabrizio, Director, Data, Research and Federal Policy
Vanessa Jeter, Director, Communication and Information Services
Adam Levinson, Director, Race to the Top
Lou Ann Phillips, Director, Human Resources


Sneha Shah-Coltrane, Director, Advanced Learning
Tom Tomberlin, Director, District LEA Human Resources Support
Debora Williams, Special Assistant for Graduation and Dropout Prevention Initiatives
Nancy Barbour, Director, District and School Transformation
Lynne Johnson, Director, Educator Effectiveness
Donna Brown, Director, Program Monitoring and Support Services
Tammy Howard, Director, Accountability Operations
Carolyn Guthrie, Director, K-3 Literacy Program
John Pruette, Director, Office of Early Learning
Barbria Bacon, School Director/Superintendent, Governor Morehead School for the Blind
Carter Bearden, School Director, Eastern NC School for the Deaf
Audrey Garvin, School Director, NC School for the Deaf at Morganton


Tiffany Perkins, Director, K-12 Curriculum and Technology
Jo Anne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education
Sarah McManus, Director, Learning Systems
Eliz Colbert, Executive Director, North Carolina Virtual Public School
Verna Lalbeharie, Director, Digital Teaching and Learning
Bill Hussey, Director, Exceptional Children
Joyce Loveless, Early College High School Initiative


Sarah Harris, Director, Financial Services
Alexis Schauss, Director, School Business Administration
Ben Matthews, Director, Safe and Healthy Schools Support
Adam Levinson, Interim Director, Office of Charter Schools
Susan Ruiz, Section Chief, Licensure


Donna Roch, Deputy CIO and Director, Business Technology
Julien Alhour, Director, Architecture, Integration, and Quality Assurance
Paul Gebhardt, Director, IT Infrastructure