Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2012, charged with transforming learning and schools using technology integration to spur innovation and prepare students for 21st century careers. “Technology is transforming the way we learn, live, and work. Our schools must teach digital learners in the way they learn best,” Dr. Truesdale believes. “We expect students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to graduate with strong foundational skills in academics as well as technology integration, prepared for college and careers. Our responsibility is to provide aligned, 21st century learning environments that stretch students to their highest possible level of achievement, engaging our community in this important goal.”
Dr. Truesdale spent most of her career in public schools in South Carolina. In addition to serving over nine years as a superintendent in two counties (Beaufort County and Oconee County), she served as a chief instructional services officer in Lexington/Richland 5 District. She previously led the policy division of the South Carolina State Department of Education, supervising student assessment, educator licensure, technology services, and policy departments.
Dr. Truesdale is a former high school principal and teacher at high school and college levels. She worked in retail management before her education career. Dr. Truesdale holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Truesdale’s contributions to education have been recognized nationally and regionally. She is a past president of the international Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and was the first recipient of the national Women In School Leadership Award, conferred by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 2011. She was named state Superintendent of the Year in 2009 by the SC Association of School Administrators and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In 2015, Valerie was named one of the nation’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education and received the Volunteer Hall of Fame award from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). In 2016, she was named Charlotte Business Journal’s CIO of the Year for contributions to education technology. Dr. Truesdale currently serves on Charlotte’s Digital Inclusion steering committee and on the board of directors for the National Dropout Prevention Center.