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.
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.
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.
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)
National Board Certified Teacher
Alternative Licensure Director, NC State
Author, Blogger and NC Public Ed Teacher
Assistant Superintendent of Schools (Ret.)
Future Teacher Educator
Director of Professional Education, NC State
K-5 Classroom Teacher (Ret.)
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: