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February 01, 2016

Nationally Recognized Superintendent Appointed NIET President

Dr. Patrice Pujol to lead services division

Santa Monica, CA (February 25, 2016)—Dr. Gary Stark, CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), has appointed Dr. Patrice Pujol as the new president of services and partnerships. NIET's initiatives advance educator effectiveness through teacher leadership, professional development, educator evaluation and certification, and performance-based compensation.

Pujol joins NIET after a prestigious career in Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana, where her leadership and the district's significant learning gains propelled her to state and national recognition. She was selected as Louisiana's 2015 Superintendent of the Year and was among one in four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year, an honor presented by AASA: The School Superintendents Association.


Patrice Pujol: Rise to National Recognition

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2015 Louisiana Superintendent of the Year

2015 Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

During her career in education, Pujol served in a variety of capacities, including a teacher, administrator and district director. She took the helm of Ascension Public Schools six years ago, making history as the parish's first female superintendent.

Ascension Parish has been a model district for the state and nation in the area of educator effectiveness. Ascension Public Schools earned an A district rating for four consecutive years in Louisiana's accountability system and is currently ranked fourth in the state. The district's work has been cited in national reports outlining federal policy recommendations to improve America's K-12 educational landscape.

Pujol brings expertise of NIET's services to her new position, having implemented the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement in several Ascension schools over the past years. Lessons from TAP are shared with the other schools.

The efforts earned Ascension Public Schools a TAP Award of Distinction in 2013, and Donaldsonville High School and Lowery Intermediate School received TAP Ambassador Awards in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, Pecan Grove Primary School earned the TAP Founder's Award, NIET's highest honor, for its efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System. Only one school is presented with the award every year.

"Dr. Pujol is a proven education leader with an interest and commitment to advancing educator effectiveness, which is central to our mission at NIET," said Stark. "I look forward to her contributions."

"I am tremendously excited to be joining the NIET team as president of services and partnerships," added Pujol. "Having focused throughout my career on building teacher and leader capacity, I am energized by this incredible opportunity. I am passionate about the work of NIET and look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue to advance educator effectiveness in the service of students across America."

A two-time graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Pujol earned a Bachelor of Science in French education and a doctorate in educational leadership. She also received a Master of Education in curriculum and supervision from Louisiana State University.

Photos are from the 2015 National TAP Conference. At the top, Dr. Patrice Pujol is featured on a plenary panel with Tennessee Board of Education Executive Director Dr. Sara Heyburn and Texas Tech College of Education Dean Dr. Scott Ridley to discuss polices and practices that advance educator effectiveness. At the bottom, she is pictured with teacher Jennifer Rudy at the celebration of Pecan Grove Primary's TAP Founder's Award.

Based on the knowledge and experience gained from over a decade of on-the-ground implementation with TAP, combined with the growing demand for proven reforms in teacher and principal effectiveness, NIET supports schools, districts, universities and states with educator evaluation training, evaluator certification modules linked to learning platforms and human capital management systems as well as tools and resources for educator preparation.