Monica Minor Gant, PhD serves as the associate secretary of Delaware Department of Education’s Academic Support team. Also known as the Chief Academic Officer, Monica is directly responsible for many of Delaware’s most critical academic efforts including increasing the rigor of coursework and learning statewide for all learners, overseeing our student assessment system, and the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Committed to equitable access to opportunities for all, she supports the department’s vision of every learner ready for success, in college, career and life through leadership of the following work groups:
- Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
- Office of Assessment
- Exceptional Children Resources
- Language Acquisition
- Career and Technical Education/STEM
- Higher Education
Prior to this role, Monica held several district-level positions in the Clarke County School District in Athens, GA, including executive director of secondary teaching and learning and, most recently, associate superintendent of instructional services and school performance.
After teaching for ten years and serving as a building principal for 16 years in the Columbus City School District in Columbus, Ohio, Monica served as a school transformation coach with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, providing coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, and onsite support for school principals and district leaders.
Monica earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, her Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.