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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.

2024 - 2025 NCARE  Officers & Board of Directors


Dr. Judy Penny 

Retired-Guilford County Schools

2025 Conference Chair

Dr. Jimmy Leak

Guilford County Schools

Immediate-Past President: 

Dr. David Lynn

UNC Charlotte /
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools


Dr. Stella Kim

UNC Charlotte

Communications Director: 

Dr. Jennifer McGee

Appalachian State University

NC DPI Representative:
Dr. Erin Manuel

At-Large Representative:

Dr. Karen Martin-Jones

Higher Education Representative: 

Dr. Scarlett Zhang

UNC Charlotte

K-12 Representative

Dr. Clark Wright

Guilford County Schools

At-large Representative

Dr. Tarra Ellis

Wingate University

Graduate Student Representative

Jodie Roberson

NC 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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