Dr. Monica Ann Beane was named Executive Director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission effective June 1, 2016. Beane is serving as only the fourth executive director of the agency, which was established in 1965. Her primary role is to continue the Commission’s commitment to equity, implement the legislatively-approved licensure redesign, update professional practice standards and oversee the movement to national accreditation for all Oregon educator preparation programs. She is charged with continuing to transition the system to ensure that it is efficient and effective at providing credentials to licensed educators who bring the tools students need to classrooms across Oregon.
Beane brings with her over a decade of state education agency experience, including her most recent position as Executive Director in the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure in the West Virginia Department of Education. In that post, she was directly involved in efforts to elevate the education profession through educator preparation program reform and the implementation of a state-wide educator evaluation system. She was instrumental in shaping education policies through the engagement of stakeholders. Her professional experience includes posts as an elementary school principal, a middle school English and reading teacher, an elementary school teacher, and a pre-school special needs teacher in North Carolina and West Virginia public schools.
Beane holds a doctorate in educational leadership and is a three-time recipient of Arch Coal's Golden Apple Achievement award for excellence in teaching. As a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), Beane is passionate about enhancing the continuum of educator development from pre-service to professional growth. The Commission approved the Executive Director's goals for the 2016-2017 year during the November 2016 meeting.