Lori Carlin is a lifelong educator with a deep commitment to North Carolina Public Schools. After graduating from Clemson University, she became a Theatre Arts teacher in Chatham County. During her tenure, she completed her doctorate in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at NC State University and served in a variety of leadership roles. In 2013, Lori became the Public Information Officer and Arts Education Coordinator for Chatham County Schools, where she led these areas and participated in state initiatives such as state standards writing and assessment. She has also served as an educational researcher and consultant focusing on student engagement, school culture, strategic planning, and professional development with a national educational research organization. In that role, she worked with school systems both in North Carolina and in various states across the country. Lori joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2019 as Section Chief for Social Studies and Arts Education. Lori lives in Pittsboro (for now, the beach is calling) and has a daughter (Emily) who is a freshman at NC State. Lori enjoys reading, movies, exercise, and catering to the whims of her demanding dog, Banksy.