Michael Maher, Candidate for NC State Superintendent

Listen to Michael's story:

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 currently serves as the president of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators and also serves as vice chairman of the North Carolina Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. He’s also on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. Through his service with these organizations, Maher has directly impacted public education by collaborating with others to develop programs and policies that positively impact teachers and students. As state superintendent, Maher knows he would impact tens of thousands of educators who impact the lives of millions of students.

Michael and his wife Catherine, married more than 20 years, met at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC. After graduation, Michael began his education career as a science teacher at (Robert B.) Glenn High School in Kernersville, NC while Catherine attended graduate school at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. The Drs. Maher live in the town of Wake Forest with their two daughters who attend a public school in Wake County.  

Michael Maher has dedicated his career to positively impacting the lives of children throughout North Carolina. Not only is Michael an experienced educator, he is the candidate with the most experience in building effective educational programs and educational policy. He is the leader we need to drive the positive changes necessary to support and improve public education for the children, families, and teachers of North Carolina.

Equity. Excellence. Innovation.

We endeavor to return North Carolina to a leader in public education in the southeast and the nation by focusing on strategic priorities that place an emphasis on EQUITY, EXCELLENCE, and INNOVATION. On key performance metrics we expect North Carolina to rank in the top 25 by 2025.

Top 25 by 2025



We commit to equity by developing a comprehensive plan to address systemic inequity to ensure that the academic failure or success of our children is not predictable based on race or socioeconomic status.



We commit to excellence by restoring North Carolina as a leader in public education through programs and policies that serve the needs of all children and provide districts and teachers professional autonomy.



We commit to innovation by working with stakeholders and thought leaders to identify ways to engage in innovation and continuous improvement in North Carolina’s public schools.