Deputy Commissioner's Office
The role of the Deputy Commissioner of Education is to provide overall leadership and management of the Department of Education in implementing its services.
Christine Brennan was sworn in as Deputy Commissioner on October 16, 2017. Her term runs through October 21, 2021. 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 enance 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:
- Office of Governance assists the Legislature, school districts, and citizens regarding the laws, rules, and administrative hearings pertaining to education in New Hampshire.
- 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.
- Early Childhood Education in New Hampshire includes children Birth – Grade 3 and their families.
- Summer Learning Challenge - The New Hampshire Department of Education has launched the Summer Learning Challenge in an effort to help students sustain and improve their skill levels and minimize the “summer slide” – the decline of achievement levels and retention of information while they are out of school.