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Michael Maher is a respected advocate for public education in North Carolina, and a devoted husband and father.

As the son of a railroad worker who attended under resourced public K-12 schools, Maher fully grasped the importance of education when he became a first-generation college student. Less than 10% of his high school class went to college. Because there were teachers throughout his life who had a profound impact on him, Maher chose to become a teacher. As a teacher, Maher knew he would impact the lives of thousands of students.

After teaching high school science in Forsyth and Wake counties, Maher moved to a university career at Saint Augustine’s University, and then to N.C. State University in an administrative role. As the assistant dean of professional education at N.C. State, he was able to work with talented professionals to develop one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the nation. As a teacher educator, Maher knew he would impact the lives of thousands of teachers who teach thousands of students.

Maher 2020 Platform

Michael Maher plans to hit the ground running as State Superintendent. Learn how he plans to make NC a leader in public education by focusing on strategic priorities that place an emphasis on equity, excellence, and innovation.

Why Choose Maher?

Where does Michael stand on the issues that matter? Get his stance on all the educational hot topics from diversity and inclusion to charter schools, testing and vouchers.

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Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)

In checking out the credentials of all of our State Superintendent candidates, there's no one who can match Michael Maher.

Stacey Caskey

National Board Certified Teacher

I’m supporting Maher. P-12 teacher, university educator, policy wonk, and advocate for equity in education. He’s in this race for the right reasons.

Dr. Diana Lys

Assistant Dean

Michael once said to me, “What we do has meaning. What we do matters.” He has heartfelt conviction in education and sees how all the small tasks contribute to a greater whole.

Dr. Alison Winzeler

Alternative Licensure Director, NC State

Michael's intelligent, reflective and he's determined and honest. I trust him – it's that simple. But what I love best about Michael, is that he's got first-hand experience in our public education system.

Bill Ferriter

Author, Blogger and NC Public Ed Teacher

One name on every ballot that deserves your support? Michael Maher. A true mind at work with a long track record of evidenced-based innovation.

Greg Garner

Instructional Designer

Simply put, Dr. Michael Maher checks a lot of boxes and I would encourage voters to check his box in the election for State Superintendent.

Rodney Pierce


There is no one more qualified to lead the future of NC's public education system than Michael Maher. He is an exceptional educator.

Dr. Stephen Elrod

Assistant Superintendent of Schools (Ret.)

I value Dr. Maher's commitment to equity and it fills me with hope knowing that we have the opportunity to elect a superintendent with strong values and morals.

Monica Smith

Future Teacher Educator

Michael is a visionary. He can read the landscape and political context in order to anticipate new directions, while also thinking about the implications of implementation.

Dr. Erin Horne

Director of Professional Education, NC State

Micheal Maher sees each individual part of the education system. He knows children, parents, teachers, staff, administration, and legislators must all work together for a better future for NC.

Mildred M. Thomas

K-5 Classroom Teacher (Ret.)

What is the role of the NC State Superintendent?

The State Superintendent plays two equally important roles – the agency head for the NC Department of Public Instruction and the chief advocate for public schools in North Carolina.


Michael provides an explanation of the NC DPI’s key responsibilities, as well as how the Superintendent collaborates in strategic planning for our public schools:


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This weekend we headed back to see the Chatham County (NC) Democratic Party for a second round of Candi-dating!

In this "On the Road" episode, we're talking about our top five favorite concerts.

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Top 5: Pink Floyd at the old Tampa Stadium; Steve Earle and the Dukes at the Roxy, NY; The Honeycutters at the Grey Eagle in Asheville; Bebe Rexha (and, oh yeah, the Jonas Brothers) in Charlotte; and Maren Morris and Niall Horan in Charlotte. Oh, and I voted for both of you today (I had to write in Maddie). 😀

Woohoo! Just snuck in with #5!

Thomas Top 5 Concerts: Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Billy Joel, Alan Jackson, Tina Turner 😎🌻

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Tamara Lashe I thought that was your friend Dakota in the white when I first saw this pic

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