SOURCE: SETDA

March 16, 2006 09:00 ET

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Names a New Executive Team

Mary Ann Wolf, PhD Will Take the Reigns as Executive Director and Sara Hall Named Deputy

ARLINGTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Wolf, PhD will lead SETDA after the resignation of Melinda George last week.

Ms. Wolf will be responsible for leading the direction of the organization, including policy recommendations regarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB), development of membership professional development services, and sharing data about the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant program to federal policy makers in the Administration and on Capitol Hill. She will also continue to work with key partners emphasizing the role of educational technology in data and accountability, teacher quality, and student achievement.

Ms. Wolf has more than 13 years of experience in educational leadership, administration, and policy planning. Prior to this position she was SETDA's Deputy Executive Director. She obtained her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, taught 5th grade in a Virginia public school, and was a consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick for federally funded grant programs. At the University of Virginia, she conducted extensive primary research on teacher time and opportunities for administrators to support teachers to improve student learning. She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the George Washington University and received her Bachelors in Accounting and Marketing from Georgetown University.

Additionally, Sara Hall was named the Deputy Executive Director where she will further develop the organization's corporate partnership program, tools and resources, conferences, and partnerships. Prior to this position, Ms. Hall was SETDA's Director of Strategic Relations, and previously was the Executive Director of the Children's Web Surfing Alliance and the Director of Membership & Marketing for the Software Publishers Association (now known as SIIA). She has her Bachelors in Political Science from the George Washington University.

"We are fortunate at SETDA to have a very strong team to carry on the important work of SETDA," said Lan Neugent, SETDA Chairman of the Board. "The SETDA Board of Directors and Leadership Team have every confidence that Mary Ann will take SETDA's efforts in promoting the benefits of education technology to the next level without missing a beat on providing quality membership services."

About EETT

Authorized as Title II-D of the NCLB, EETT enables schools to address core teaching and learning needs through technology tools, by: allowing access to courses online otherwise not available to rural and urban students; equipping teachers to take advantage of new and emerging technology tools; providing students with the tools to compete in a highly competitive global employment market; allowing continual assessment of student progress through computer-based testing; and disaggregating and reporting of student adequate yearly progress (AYP) data.

About SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. For more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit http://www.setda.org.

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