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California Department of Education
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Release: #17-31
April 25, 2017
Contact: Peter Tira
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints Melanie Schoeppe
as Director of Improvement and Accountability Division

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the appointment of Melanie Schoeppe as the Director of the Improvement and Accountability Division at the California Department of Education (CDE). She began her new assignment April 19.

“Melanie is an ideal fit to lead the Improvement and Accountability Division, which administers several Title I programs and other services to support some of our most vulnerable students,” Torlakson said. “Melanie has devoted her professional life to education and social welfare. As a former teacher and principal of an elementary school in East Oakland, she has a keen awareness of the challenges of serving students in poverty and also the strategies that can help those schools and students succeed.”

Schoeppe joined the CDE in June 2016 after serving three years as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Greenleaf Elementary School in the Oakland Unified School District. The school, which serves a student population that is 90 percent socioeconomically disadvantaged, experienced tremendous growth and improvement under Schoeppe’s leadership. Student test scores increased, and the school expanded from kindergarten to fifth grade to eighth grade as well as securing grant funding to become a dual-language school offering instruction to all students in both Spanish and English.

“I have been part of significant school improvement. I’ve seen it work,” Schoeppe said. “I’ve seen struggling schools improve and sustain that improvement over time, and I’m honored to play a statewide role in helping more of our schools experience similar success.”

Schoeppe began her career as a teacher at Greenleaf Elementary School from 2007 to 2010. She left to become Program Director for Teach for America, which recruits and trains teachers, and then served a fellowship with Education Pioneers. She moved on to New Leaders for Schools, which identifies talented teachers and administrators and provides them with intensive leadership training to advance their careers and impact, and returned to Greenleaf as an administrator in 2013.

Schoeppe was born and raised in Manteca. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

In her new role as Director for CDE’s Improvement and Accountability Division, she replaces Bob Storelli, who retired in December.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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