Leadership Noted Among Top Qualities of the State Superintendent of Schools

June 14, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple received high marks today during her first job evaluation as the state’s top educational leader.  

“Dr. Marple approaches all of her work with an unwavering commitment to students and educators,” said Board President Wade Linger. “She is an outstanding visionary and leader. In just over a year, she has brought national recognition to our state and worked diligently regarding teacher quality, school nutrition, pre-k education and organizational leadership.”

As superintendent, Marple oversees West Virginia's public school system, which includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Marple, who has a doctorate in education administration from West Virginia University, has more than 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, university instructor, principal, assistant county superintendent, county superintendent, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Fairmont State and a master of arts in reading from WVU. She also is a published author on effective school leadership. Marple has experience in West Virginia schools in Marion, Monongalia, Greenbrier and Kanawha counties.

Her responsibilities have included working to create the state's 21st century learning program, "Global 21: Students deserve it. The world demands it." Marple also has been involved in the state Department of Education's work with pre-K programs, school technology implementation, school leadership development programs, reading initiatives, school nutrition initiatives and teacher quality efforts.

Nationally, Marple served as a leader within the National Urban and Suburban School Association. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Council of Chief State School Officers, other state departments of education, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the National Association of Test Directors, the National Association of Special Education Teachers and the National Staff Development Council.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.  

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