Assistant State Superintendent to Take on Deputy Duties

June 25, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jorea Marple, who heads the state Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, was named Thursday as state deputy superintendent, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Currently an assistant superintendent, Marple will begin her new role as the No. 2 person overseeing the West Virginia Department of Education on July 1. She will replace Jack McClanahan, who is retiring after 46 years as an educator in West Virginia.

“I am excited about this opportunity and humbled to be chosen for such an important position,” Marple said. “West Virginia’s educational system has made great strides in improving student achievement and I look forward to the opportunity to help the state continue to improve.”

Jorea Marple has held positions at almost every level of the school system from teacher and principal to county superintendent and state department official. Under her leadership, her division has been recognized for its commitment to use technology in schools. Marple also has worked diligently to collaborate with educators in special education and other Title programs, assessment professionals, library media advisers and technology experts, to meet the goals of the West Virginia Department of Education. She has helped spearhead efforts to provide professional development and curriculum resources for teachers with the Teacher Leadership Institutes, and the Teach21 and Learn21 websites.

“The West Virginia Department of Education is fortunate to have someone already on board with Jorea’s experience,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “With Jorea already part of the leadership team, she will be able to make a smooth transition and help all of us proceed with our continuing efforts to improve education in West Virginia.”

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