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Caleb Sausville and Dr. Candice McQueen Caleb Sausville and Dr. Candice McQueen
Dr. Candice McQueen and Angela Lawson Dr. Candice McQueen and Angela Lawson
Sheena Newman, Chase Carroll, Braeden Wiggins and Whitney Hardin Sheena Newman, Chase Carroll, Braeden Wiggins and Whitney Hardin
Becca Brnik, Angela Lawson and Candice McQueen Becca Brnik, Angela Lawson and Candice McQueen
Candice McQueen and Angela Lawson with Michigan Ave. students Candice McQueen and Angela Lawson with Michigan Ave. students
Tennessee's new Education Commissioner, Dr. Candice McQueen says she has met with some three thousand teachers since taking office in January, and she's just getting started.  McQueen has pledged to visit every school district in the state this year, and she's using the opportunity to get first-hand reports on accomplishments and needs.

Tuesday, McQueen visited Bradley County's Michigan Avenue Elementary, a state Reward School that has been recognized for innovative reading programs.  Principal Angela Lawson showcased several classes and students that have benefited from the emphasis on reading.

McQueen succeeded Kevin Huffman, who had come under fire from some lawmakers and educators for what some called an over-reliance on testing and teacher evaluations.

According to McQueen's official state biography, she she served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. McQueen began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools.  She also served as a higher education faculty member and department chair before being named dean in 2008.    

While at Lipscomb, McQueen served as a member of the university's executive leadership team and oversaw both her college and the 1,300 pre-K-12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy. Under her leadership, Lipscomb's college of education and teacher preparation program were consistently highlighted as one of the top teacher training programs in the state of Tennessee for quality and effectiveness based on the Tennessee Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs and was most recently pointed out as the second highest ranking program in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  McQueen also founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb.  The institute has a focus on improving professional learning for teachers by focusing on embedded professional development, coaching and new approaches to leadership training and support. 

Prior to joining Lipscomb University, Dr. McQueen was awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school. Dr. McQueen has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee and the Board of the Tennessee Board of Regents.  
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