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Deputy Commissioner's Office

picture of Christine BrennanChristine Brennan was sworn in as Deputy Commissioner on October 16, 2017. Her term runs through October 21, 2021. The role of the Deputy Commissioner is to provide overall leadership and management of the Department in implementing its services. The Deputy Commissioner manages the internal operations of the organization.

Brennan began her career in education in the Manchester School District when she was hired in 1987 to teach first grade at Wilson Elementary School. She was in that role for 20 years, then worked as a literacy specialist there from 2007 until 2010. As an administrator, Brennan served as assistant principal at Wilson and Jewett Street elementary schools before arriving at Beech Street in the same position in 2012. She had been principal of Beech Street since March of 2014.

Brennan’s time at Beech Street is highlighted by technology improvements, renovations that included putting up walls to close off the open concept classrooms of generations ago, and moving students and faculty into the “academy model” of instruction -- creating small schools within the larger school to enhance personalized learning and relationships. She says she is looking forward to the opportunity to make sure children across the state receive a quality education.

Brennan received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Bridgewater State College, a master’s in reading and writing from Plymouth State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in educational leadership, also from Plymouth State University.

The Deputy Commissioner's Office consists of 4 Offices

  • Office of Business Management has the lead responsibility for managing the Department's budget and maximizing resource utilization. The unit is responsible for providing budget management, procurement, and coordination with all other support groups on financial issues.
  • Office of Human Resources Management has the responsibility for improving the Department's human resource activities, processes and operations.
  • Office of Legislation and Hearings assists the legislature, school districts, and citizens regarding the laws, rules, and administrative hearings pertaining to education in New Hampshire.
  • Office of Public Information coordinates the development and management of all public relations efforts including the Department's website.

Christine Brennan
Deputy Commissioner
(603) 271-3801

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711