Deputy State Superintendents for NC Department of Public Instruction to Speak at UMO

Deputy State Superintendents for NC Department of Public Instruction to Speak at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the annual Braswell Lecture on Monday, April 8, at 7 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin.

Dr. Pitre-Martin serves as one of the Deputy State Superintendents for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and has years of experience in the field of education. Her extensive career has included service as Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer at NCDPI, Superintendent of Schools for the Thomasville City School District, State Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Chief Academic Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, Assistant Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish, and Director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas. She was named to the College Boards 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing AP participation and student success on AP exams.  Dr. Pitre-Martin, a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow, holds a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

In her lecture, Dr. Pitre-Martin will discuss how the digital classroom should embrace integrated technologies that boost student connectivity and student engagement throughout the day.  The lecture will center on a wide range of strategies used to create a dynamic digital learning environment and a combination of collaboration and communication tools that can support personalized learning, increase student engagement and provide digital content.

The Braswell Lecture was established in 1998 to honor Jessie Dail and Walker Vernon Braswell who established a scholarship endowment memorializing Mrs. Braswell’s 34-year teaching career in Princeton, North Carolina. The Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Endowment funds the Braswell Scholars at UMO.

The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Amanda Bullard-Maxwell at

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