State Board of Education

The State Board of Education consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer and eleven members appointed by the Governor for eight-year, overlapping terms, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. Eight of the appointed members of the Board represent the eight education districts of the state. These districts are drawn by the General Assembly. Two high school students also are appointed as advisors to the State Board of Education. A high school junior is appointed each year for a two-year term. The current and prior year’s North Carolina Teachers and Principals of the Year serve as advisors. Other advisors include a local superintendent and a local school board member.

State Board of Education Members

NC District Map

State Board of Education Staff

Mailing Address: 6302 Mail Service Center / Raleigh, NC 27699
Main Number: 984-236-2250 | 984-236-2251
Fax Number: 984-236-2349

Name Title Office Phone
Townsend-Smith, Deanna Director of Operations and Policy 215 984-236-2252
Petrus, Henrietta Administrative Specialist 2102 984-236-2245
Ziko, Tom General Counsel, State Board of Education 214 984-236-2249
Lloyd, Stephanie Assistant Attorney General 212A 984-236-2262
Lucas, Tiffany Special Deputy Attorney General 212 984-236-2247
Tiffany Goodson Paralegal 2108 984-236-2259
McKinney, Freebird SBE Director of Legislative and Community Affairs 213 984-236-2248
Murtha, Anne Legislative Specialist 2103 984-236-2256
West, Betsy Legal Assistant 2109 984-236-2260
Martin, Lou Research Assistant 2106 984-236-2257
Vacant Assistant General Counsel 211  

NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)

Mailing Address: 276 NCCAT Drive / Cullowhee, NC 28723
Main Number (828) 293-5202
Fax Number (828) 293-7832

Name Title Phone
Womble, Brock Executive Director (828) 293-5202
Pattillo, Sam Chief Administrative Officer (828) 293-5202
Sumner, Kare Chief Academic Officer (828) 293-5202
Wilson, Tina Chief Business Officer (828) 293-5202
Masson, Dorcas Development Associate (828) 293-5202
Vinyard, Todd Public Communications Specialist (828) 293-5202
Jones, Susan Executive Assistant (828) 293-5202
Shuler, Ted Business Officer (828) 293-5202
Fox, Lora J Accounts Payable (828) 293-5202
Bradley, Gail Teacher Services (828) 293-5202