Catherine Edmonds, Ed.D., recently joined NCDPI this year as deputy superintendent of the Office of Equity, where she ensures that the state’s education systems approach all decisions through an equity lens. She brings more than 28 years’ experience in public education in North Carolina at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Prior to serving as superintendent for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, she served as superintendent of Bertie County Schools, the director of educational leadership and development and director of the NC Principal Fellows Program at the University of North Carolina System. Prior to assuming a position in higher education, Edmonds had an extensive career in K-12 education on both the local and state level and was named Teacher of the Year for her school in 2001. Edmonds earned her Bachelor of Sciences in mathematics education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She holds a Masters of School Administration and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from NC State University.