Governor McCrory announced his new Education Adviser this week to replace Eric Guckian. Her name is Catherine Truitt and no one I’ve spoken to has ever heard of her.
That doesn’t bode well.
Some details From the Press Release:
Prior to joining the International Center for Leadership in Education in 2012, Truitt was an English teacher at West Johnson High School in Benson. She came to that position after teaching English Literature and Media Studies at Uxbridge College Academy in London, England where her husband was stationed with the JAG Corps at US Naval Activities in Ruislip.
Truitt was also a co-founder and served as Curriculum Director for Ridge Academy, a private, parent-founded elementary school.
Truitt and her husband have three children who attend schools in the Johnston County Schools system.
Ok, well that gives us a little something to go on but her LinkedIn page gives us more:
“Skilled at assisting schools in implementation of Common Core State Standards Initiative and Essential Learning standards.”
Well of course she is. Governor Rebrand would want to pick someone who loves Common Core and comes from an outfit that is into the “digital learning” push. Don’t be shocked when the moms don’t turn out to help your campaign in 2016, Governor.
Here’s what I pieced together on Ms. Truitt on the fly:
- Her full name is Catherine Lauterbach Truitt.
- There is a question as to whether she is related to Dr. Cathy E. Truitt who ran for Wake School board unsuccessfully in 2009. Cathy E. Truitt, according to a bio of her that I found, also was with the International Center for Leadership in Education at one time.
- She, unlike Eric Guckian, is a Republican. However, these days what doesn’t mean Conservative.
- Her husband is Jeffrey James Truitt; also a Republican. He is an attorney with Smith Anderson Law firm. He was also appointed by Governor McCrory to the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners in February 2014.
So, the Governor appointed the husband to a post and therefore it begs the question if his being an appointee somehow got his wife’s name to be put into the mix. Actually, it also begs the question of what were the other names on the list?
A set of questions we’ll likely never know the answer to.