December 1, 2022


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Governor Lamont Nominates Charlene Russell-Tucker as Schooling Commissioner

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Governor Lamont Nominates Charlene Russell-Tucker as Schooling Commissioner

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont right now introduced that he is nominating Charlene M. Russell-Tucker to serve as commissioner of the Connecticut Point out Department of Education. The nomination follows a unanimous vote before in the working day by the Condition Board of Education recommending her appointment to the governor under a approach expected by condition statute.

Russell-Tucker has been serving at the Condition Department of Instruction for more than 20 yrs in quite a few roles, like most a short while ago as deputy commissioner, in which she has been dependable for overseeing academic supports and wellness priorities. Because March, she has been serving as the agency’s performing commissioner at the request of Governor Lamont due to the resignation of Miguel Cardona, who still left his posture as commissioner soon after becoming appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as secretary of the U.S. Office of Education and learning.

Governor Lamont reported Russell-Tucker’s leadership through this interim interval has been so impressive that he questioned her to permanently fill the place.

“Charlene has lots of many years of working experience working with college districts throughout Connecticut and I’ve heard very little but praise about her leadership design and efficiency,” Governor Lamont explained. “Our administration has established powerful ambitions when it will come to strengthening outcomes for our following era so they are organized to fill careers that direct them as a result of prosperous careers. I take pleasure in Charlene’s perseverance to the students and households of Connecticut, and I’m thrilled to have her continuing in this management capacity.”

“I am thrilled that Governor Lamont has nominated Charlene Russell-Tucker to provide as commissioner of the Point out Department of Education,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz explained. “For the earlier 5 months, she has admirably stepped up to fill Secretary Cardona’s shoes and has played a significant part in acquiring Connecticut’s youngsters back again to school properly. Connecticut’s family members are lucky to have her primary the State Division of Instruction.”

“I am humbled to be presented the chance to proceed to direct the remarkable workforce at the Connecticut State Office of Training as we be part of forces with educators and stakeholders to build a country-top education and learning program that is resilient to the problems we experience and inclusive of all our learners and households,” Russell-Tucker said. “Thank you to Governor Lamont and the Point out Board of Education their self confidence in my leadership.”

Throughout her occupation, Russell-Tucker has passionately supported spouse and children and community engagement in education and learning and led school attendance and faculty discipline initiatives with a potent emphasis on equity and diversity.

In the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she has been a crucial voice in supporting student attendance and engagement as universities have executed hybrid and remote mastering. Moreover, she has spearheaded the collaboration attempts with the Connecticut Office of Public Well being to ensure provision of technological aid and steerage growth for a productive, wholesome, and harmless university year.

Prior to serving as deputy commissioner, she was main functioning officer and division chief for the agency’s Office environment of Student Supports and Organizational Efficiency. She also served as associate commissioner of instruction and bureau main, overseeing a portfolio of courses and companies that provided student health, family members and community engagement, nutrition and security, magnet and constitution colleges, adult schooling, and specific instruction.

Through her job, she has participated in a assortment of state and national committees, which includes with the Chronic Absenteeism Strategic Motion Team for the Connecticut Typical Assembly’s Committee on Kids, and she has served as an expert panel member on committees of the Countrywide Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Drugs. She also served as president of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and as a member of the national Academy of Diet and Dietetics.

Russell-Tucker also has extensive training experience, previously serving as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus School Faculty of New Dimensions. In 2015, she was named to the inaugural class of 100 Females of Shade in Connecticut. In 2018, she was welcomed to the Campaign for Grade-Degree Reading’s Council of Champions. Recognizing mentoring associations are critical to protecting students’ correction to college, she has endeavored to uphold mentoring as an intervention in combating long-term absenteeism and was named MENTOR National’s 2021 Excellence in Mentoring Honoree in Condition and Neighborhood Public Provider.

“Charlene’s nomination guarantees that a target on excellence and fairness will go on inside of the condition,” State Board of Schooling Chair Allan Taylor and Vice Chair Erin Benham stated in a joint assertion. “This nomination will make it possible for us to sustain and grow our initiatives to ensure all residents, irrespective of race and ethnicity, are equipped to acquire the education and learning they require to be successful users of culture.”

“As performing commissioner of the Condition Section of Education, Charlene Russell-Tucker has offered fantastic leadership to Connecticut educational facilities during an extremely complicated time,” Glenn Lungarini, govt director of the Connecticut Association of Faculties and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Convention, reported. “Her collaborative tactic to leadership has given a voice to all education and learning stakeholders. It has been grounded in positioning the finest desire of students at the center of the department’s choice-producing. Whether or not we are working as a result of the challenges of COVID-19 or statewide diversity, equity, and inclusion, or providing excellent education-based mostly studying encounters that advertise each individual kid’s cognitive, social, emotional, mental, and physical wellness, Connecticut is privileged to have Commissioner Russell-Tucker as our brave academic leader.”

“During her time as interim commissioner, we have found Charlene to be passionate, knowing, and welcoming of enter from all schooling stakeholders, and we search forward to continuing to work collaboratively with her as she normally takes the helm of the State Division of Training and tackles the unparalleled troubles experiencing public education,” Connecticut Training Affiliation President Kate Dias stated. “As a previous educator herself, Charlene understands the requirements of our students. She is especially concerned about students’ social psychological mastering and properly-staying, particularly in light-weight of the trauma prompted by the pandemic and other outside influences that weave their way into our children’s life and school rooms. She respects educators as the professionals that they are, trying to find teachers’ voices in endeavours to make improvements to community educational facilities, and she is a winner of a racially and socially just and equitable schooling process that assures all learners have the chance to do well, no matter of exactly where they stay.”

“As acting commissioner, Charlene Russell-Tucker has had very large footwear to fill,” Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, claimed. “Our customers enjoy her determination to acquiring our shared objectives of safe, balanced faculties, and community schooling workspaces. We may perhaps not always concur, but I am self-assured she will keep collaborative, open, and clear conversation with instruction stakeholders. That is how we have taken on so several of the worries this pandemic has prompted, and how we will productively tackle those people that continue to be unresolved. Congratulations!”

“As training advocates who have regarded and labored with Charlene for decades, we are delighted that she will has turn out to be the up coming schooling commissioner,” Connecticut Association of Boards of Schooling Executive Director Robert Rader and Deputy Director and Typical Counsel Patrice McCarthy said in a joint statement. “Charlene has very long been an advocate for public education, significantly our most susceptible, disenfranchised, and needy learners. We seem ahead to strengthening our get the job done with the commissioner, State Board of Schooling, and the Condition Department of Training.”

“Charlene is a superb decision for instruction commissioner at this time,” Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Affiliation of Public College Superintendents, explained. “She is a proficient leader who is experienced, collaborative, and professional. Most importantly, the achievements of Connecticut’s learners will be and usually has been front and heart of all her perform. We are fortuitous to have her as our academic chief at this vital time.”

Russell-Tucker will provide as commissioner-designate helpful right away. Her nomination is remaining forwarded to the Connecticut Common Assembly for its tips and consent.


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