NGA Names New Interim Education Director

WASHINGTON —The National Governors Association has announced Aaliyah Samuel as interim director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.

Samuel most recently served as a program director within the division. Prior to that, she was the senior director for family support and literacy at the statewide children’s agency First Things First in Arizona. She also served as a principal, assistant principal and instructor at elementary schools in Arizona and Florida.

“Aaliyah Samuel’s diverse background both in state government and as an educator and administrator make her well qualified for the role of interim director of the Education Division,” NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison said. “Early childhood education remains one of the most topical and critical issues in America today, and Aaliyah’s experience will help to enrich NGA’s work in that area.”

Samuel holds a doctorate in organization leadership as well as an advanced degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, a master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tuskegee University.