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Atkinson Honored with Trailblazer Award

We are excited to announce that our own CEO, Dr. June Atkinson, was awarded the Trailblazer Award by the North Carolina chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NCASCD).  This award is given annually to a prolific educator who has shown life-long dedication to education. This award celebrates dedication to the Whole Child initiative as well as serving as a mentor to educators and students alike. We are so proud of Dr. Atkinson and the wonderful things she has achieved during her celebrated career. 

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November 9, 2017

Former State Superintendent June Atkinson to Lead New Start Up Company

RALEIGH—Former North Carolina Superintendent June Atkinson has been named Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Education Inc., a new start-up company dedicated to addressing education leadership development at the state, district and school levels.  

As CEO, Atkinson brings extensive education leadership experience to benefit public education systems across the nation. Atkinson served three terms as North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, capping a public education career that also included leading standards and curriculum development, developing strategic partnerships with government and non-government organizations, career technical education leadership and successful state-level policy development and implementation. Atkinson also served as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers.  

“State and district education leaders need strategic support and leadership development rooted in research and enhanced by practical experience,” Atkinson said. “That’s what Emerald Education provides. I am excited to help fellow educators create innovative environments for students to excel.”   

Emerald Education was launched this spring by Dr. Jennifer Curtis, a long time education leader with proven results in school transformation and K-12 mathematics.  She has a national reputation as a champion for high standards, collaboration, and advocacy on behalf of students, teachers, and leaders. Emerald Education provides school and district leader development, leadership consulting and strategic planning for schools, school districts, and state agencies across the country. Emerald Education’s leadership team brings together more than 110 years of collective leadership experience to provide customized solutions to help educational leaders improve their practice and embrace innovation to benefit students.   

For more about Dr. Atkinson, Emerald Education, and Dr. Jennifer Curtis, please go to    

Contact:Jennifer Curtis, President/Founder

(540) 223-3100

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