Carey M. Wright, Ph. D., has been appointed chief academic officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools system. The former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent comes to DCPS with more than 30 years experience in Maryland.

In her new capacity, she will serve on the schools’ management team, overseeing the offices of Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, School Restructuring, Youth Engagement and several others.

At the same time, Wright will continue to anchor the work of the Office of the Chief Academic Officer around the Teaching and Learning framework, as well as increase early and adolescent literacy, according to a recent DCPS press statement.

“We wanted a problem solver with a proven track record for success whose high expectations and laser focus on quality instruction would provide solid support for all students and teachers,” stated Chancellor Michelle Rhee. “After an extensive search, we concluded that Dr. Wright had all the qualities and characteristics we wanted.”

Wright began her career as a teacher in for Prince George’s County Public Schools. She has also worked in Howard County, where in addition to being a teacher, she served as a principal for 15 years. Wright, who has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Systems, later went to work for Montgomery County where from 2003 to 2009, she served as an associate superintendent.