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Thurmond Appoints Stephanie Gregson, Sarah Neville-Morgan as CDE Deputy Superintendents

June 12, 2019

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced on June 5 that he has appointed Stephanie Gregson, EdD, as the Deputy Superintendent for the Performance, Planning, and Technology Branch (PPTB) at the California Department of Education (CDE).

Dr. Gregson is the former Director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division at the CDE. During her tenure as Director, her division developed frameworks for history and social science and health education. Dr. Gregson also led the largest state adoption of instruction materials for kindergarten through grade twelve science and the development of standards updates, including the first-ever state kindergarten through grade twelve Computer Science content standards.

“Stephanie is a dedicated and dynamic educator who brings a tremendous level of knowledge and expertise to her new role,” said Thurmond. “Her guidance was critical to the success of the Department’s most recent curriculum updates and adoptions, and she will bring that same leadership and experience to her new branch. I am pleased that she will take the helm and continue the innovative work that the branch is doing to improve student success throughout the state.”

Dr. Gregson started her education career as an elementary school teacher in the Sacramento Unified School District. She also worked as a district coordinator of reading and intervention programs and was an elementary school principal in Tracy. Prior to joining CDE, she was a Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Learning at Davis Joint Unified School District.

As the Deputy Superintendent for PPTB, Dr. Gregson’s duties include managing the development and administration of all statewide assessments, such as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP); school and district interventions; and the collection and reporting of educational data.

Dr. Gregson earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. She received a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.

Dr. Gregson replaces Keric Ashley, who retired in March. She started in her new role as Deputy Superintendent on May 31.



State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced June 6 that he has appointed Sarah Neville-Morgan as Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education (CDE).

Neville-Morgan is the former Director of the CDE Early Learning and Care Division. In that role she provided leadership and support to the early learning community, providers, and contractors statewide.

“Sarah is an advocate and champion for learners of all ages throughout the state,” said Thurmond. “Her background and collaboration with partners in the field of early learning and care is unparalleled, and she brings those skills to her new position. Under Sarah’s leadership and strategic focus, her branch will continue the work that ensures students from birth to age twenty-two have access to a quality and equitable public education.”

Neville-Morgan started her career at CDE as a Child Development Consultant in 2011. In 2013 she left to become the Deputy Director of Program Management at First 5 California. There, she managed a team and funding focused on closing the achievement gap and supporting quality early learning. Neville-Morgan also worked as the Deputy Executive Director of the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council during the Schwarzenegger and Brown administrations and as an Academic Child Development Specialist at the University of California, Davis Center for Child and Family Studies. She also has worked in a child care resource and referral agency, with foster care education programs, and has supported school teen parent programs. She returned to the CDE in 2017 to lead the Early Learning and Care Division.

As the Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch, Neville-Morgan will oversee a branch that is responsible for helping all students – from early learners to adults – reach their academic potential and goals by providing the necessary support to early educators and providers, teachers, administrators, school and district leaders, and community-based organizations. She will continue the work of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch to ensure that inclusion practices are established during classroom hours, before and after school, and in early learning and care programs, and that the programs and instructional resources and supports reflect diversity, accessibility, and equity.

Neville-Morgan earned a B.A. in Psychology at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a M.S. in Child Development at the University of California, Davis.

Neville-Morgan replaces Deputy Superintendent Tom Adams, who retired in May. She started in her new role on May 31.

Source: California Department of Education

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