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Marthaa Torres

Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education

Marthaa Torres has twenty years of experience as an educator in a number of roles, including math teacher, high school principal, and teacher educator. Most recently, she served as the Director of K-12 Instruction for the Oakland Unified School District, where she was responsible for leading the core content area teams across all school divisions.

Prior to this, Marthaa was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU, where she helped to develop and teach a number of courses for graduate students working towards a Master of Arts in Teaching, on topics such as designing assessments, teaching reading and writing across content areas, and creating a strong classroom culture.  She also serve as the Director of the NYU Teacher Residency in San Francisco, and in this capacity worked closely with cohorts of pre-service teacher residents and their mentor teachers across schools to create rich clinical experiences that would prepare them to be effective teachers

Marthaa holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and a master's degree in Education from Stanford University, and earned a doctorate in Education at the University of Southern California.

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