Mark Johnson, State Superintendent

North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson was elected to the post in 2016. His career in education began at West Charlotte High School where he taught through Teach for America before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Superintendent Johnson served as a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education for two years and was counsel at Inmar, an international technology company based in Winston-Salem. Having served as a teacher, an education leader, and as a father of a young daughter soon to start school, improving education in North Carolina is a personal mission for Johnson.

Maria Pitre-Martin, Deputy State Superintendent

Maria Pitre-Martin is the Deputy State Superintendent for NCDPI. Until March 2016 when she rejoined the Department as Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer, she was the Superintendent of Schools for the Thomasville City School District. Before joining Thomasville City Schools, Pitre-Martin served as the director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the Department of Public Instruction. She has held positions as the Chief Academic Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, and the Assistant Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. Pitre-Martin served as the director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas and the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. Pitre-Martin received a bachelor's degree in English and Speech in 1989 and a Master's in Organizational Communication in 1997, both from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisian at Lafayette. She obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in 2000. In 2008 Pitre-Martin graduated from the Broad Superintendent Academy.

Pam Shue, Associate Superintendent for Early Childhood Education

Pam Shue, who previously served as director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, began her career developing and teaching educational and clinical support programs for patients and families at a medical center. From there, she has served as a special education teacher, a researcher, and a professor focused on early childhood learning. Shue moved to North Carolina in 2004 to work at the Center for the Advanced Study of Excellence in Early Childhood and Family Support in Morganton. She holds a master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in early intervention, and a doctorate in education with an emphasis on language and literacy early childhood, both from Temple University.

Adam Levinson, Chief Financial Officer

Adam Levinson is the Chief Financial Officer for NCDPI. A member of the NCDPI senior leadership team since 2007, Levinson has served in several roles, including Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, Director of the Race to the Top Program, Chief Performance Officer, Interim Director of the Office of Charter Schools, and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining NCDPI, Levinson served as a Fiscal Analyst at the NC General Assembly for seven years and provided early childhood intervention and family support services in Orange, Person, and Chatham counties for four years. Levinson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Psychology from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Early Intervention & Family Support from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs & Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University, and a North Carolina teaching license in B-K Special Education.

Claire Miller, Director, Human Resources

Claire Miller is the Human Resources director having also served as its assistant director. Before joining NCDPI, Miller worked in Human Resources at Duke University in Training & Development where she offered supervisory/managerial training, and at UNC-Chapel Hill where she worked as the director of Training and Development and later as the senior director for Human Resources Services. She also has worked at NC State Agricultural and Technical State University and the NC School of Science and Mathematics. She has a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology from North Carolina State University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Albany where she graduated summa cum laude.

Jeani Allen, Director, Internal Audit

Jeani Allen has served as the director of Internal Audit for the NC Department of Public Instruction since August 2012. Allen attended NC State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting as well as a master's. After graduating college, Allen worked as an external auditor for a regional public accounting firm. She joined the state in 2010 as an internal auditor for the Office of State Budget and Management. Allen is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Internal Control Auditor.

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