Candidate for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

Meet Jen Mangrum

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Dr. Jen Mangrum, a native North Carolinian, has spent her whole life in public education following in the footsteps of her parents who were elementary school teachers. Her parents, strong advocates who fought to break convention in order to improve the lives of their students, raised her to value public service and instilled in her the strength of diverse perspectives. 


After receiving her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Jen left eastern North Carolina to teach second and third grade in a rural community outside of Greensboro. Jen excelled and became a literacy facilitator, with a reputation for her abilities growing throughout the district. This led Jen to become a member of the National Paideia Center Faculty and earn a position in the district’s administration.  For the past 25 years she has collaborated with schools nationally to improve classroom literacy practices.


In 2001, Jen returned to UNCG, where she earned her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction. Upon graduation, she was hired by NCSU to create its Elementary Education Program and Department.  She remained there for several years leading the program. Currently, Jen is an Associate Professor at UNCG where she teaches researched-based approaches to education, promotes STEM practices in elementary grades and coordinates the elementary education program, the largest program in the School of Education. 

Jen is running to be our Superintendent because our children and school communities deserve leadership that will make them a priority, advocate boldly on their behalf and create a world-class education system.

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