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Lillian Lowery( Noah Scialom, Baltimore Sun Media Group photo / June 21, 2013 )
58, Superintendent of schools, Maryland State Department of Education
Since becoming state schools superintendent last July, Lillian Lowery has visited all 24 counties. Twice. Canvassing Maryland's landscape comes with leading a school system that Education Week proclaims the nation's best and trying to make inroads as she succeeds former Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. Lowery, formerly head of the Delaware school system, is now challenged to meet federal Race to the Top requirements, implement Common Core curriculum standards and navigate changes in teacher assessments. Coming into an environment of excellence, Lowery said, "and still trying to have a discussion on what we need to do to improve ... is an interesting conversation to have."
-- Joe Burris