NCEA Announces Executive Director for Academic Excellence

Jill Annable will design professional development to foster academic excellence with an emphasis on Catholic identity and values.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) welcomes Jill Annable as the executive director of academic excellence. As a key thought leader, Ms. Annable will be responsible for leading professional development for Catholic school teachers and establishing and monitoring micro-credentialing programs in the area of academic excellence, a core competency required under the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS). Ms. Annable will begin her position on November 2, 2020.

"With a renewed emphasis on the NSBECS as an effective instrument to guide the work and self-assessment of Catholic school educators, we are excited to have Jill on board. She is an important addition to NCEA as we work to implement the NSBECS and all relevant resources and professional development unique to Catholic school mission and identity," said NCEA Interim President/CEO Kathy Mears.

Ms. Annable is a proud graduate of K-12 Catholic schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education in English and mathematics from Western Michigan University and Master of Arts in education in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in secondary education from Grand Valley State University. She has taught in public and Catholic schools at the middle, high and collegiate levels.

Most recently, she was an assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology integration for the office of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Ms. Annable led initiatives on academic excellence for the 31 schools in the diocese. She established networks of teachers and school leaders so that embedded, ongoing professional development became a norm among diocesan educators. Additionally, her initiatives ignited growth in inclusive education, culturally-responsive teaching practices, and faith formation in the Theology of the Body. She also served as a regional coordinator for accreditation for the Michigan Nonpublic School Accrediting Association and as an adjunct instructor at Aquinas College.

Ms. Annable will be working remotely from her home in Michigan where she and her husband are raising their children as third-generation Catholic school students. They are parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

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