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Established in 1974, the North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE) works to improve the quality of education in North Carolina through research and evaluation.

NCARE members include teachers, principals, school system administrators, university faculty and staff, graduate students, staff of the Department of Public Instruction, members of local education agencies, and people working in private research organizations.  NCARE activities are implemented through its elected officers and board of directors.


2022 - 2023 NCARE  Officers & Board of Directors


President: Dr. Monica E. Allen

N.C. A&T State University





President-Elect: Mr. David Lynn Doctoral Student- UNC Charlotte




Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Judy Penny 

Retired-Guilford County Schools






Higher Education Representative: 

Dr. Diana Betts

Gardner-Webb University




K-12 Representative

Ms. Sonya Wagstaff

Guilford County Schools





NC DPI Representative: 

Dr. Thakur Karkee



Graduate Student Representative:

Ms. Shanta Lightfoot

Doctoral Student






At-Large Representative:

Dr. Stella Kim

UNC Charlotte




At-Large Representative:

Mrs. Gwynne Shoaf

Doctoral Candidate- Appalachian State University





At-Large Representative:

Dr. Sharon Lassiter

Guilford County Schools




Past-President: 

Dr. Tempestt Adams

Appalachian State University



NCARE is an affiliate member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) through the Consortium of State and Regional Educational Research Associations (SRERA).


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