For Immediate Release - October 24, 2012

Governor Patrick Appoints Dr. Pendred Noyce to Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

BOSTON – Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced that he has appointed Dr. Pendred “Penny” Noyce to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"Dr. Noyce’s lifelong experience and commitment to education in Massachusetts makes her an excellent addition to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education," said Governor Patrick. "I am confident she will continue to be a great partner in our efforts to close the achievement gap and ensure that all of our students are prepared for success, and I thank her for her willingness to serve in this capacity."

Dr. Noyce, a former practicing doctor of internal medicine, currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Rennie Center for Education and Policy Research where she advocates on behalf of public education in Massachusetts, working to ensure that every child in the Commonwealth has access to high-quality public education. She is a also the co-founder and current trustee of the Noyce Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to public school improvement, with a focus on mathematics and science. In 2011, Dr. Noyce founded Tumblehome Learning, a company dedicated to helping immerse children in science and engineering through science-based fiction and accompanying activities and products. She has authored several educational children’s books as well a non-fiction piece on educational assessments and their relationship to student achievement. 

Dr. Noyce completed a degree in biochemistry at Harvard University and a medical degree at Stanford University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University before moving to the Boston area, where she practiced at a community health center for several years. Dr. Noyce is filling a vacancy on the Board left by Jeff Howard.

"I'm honored and excited to serve the children of Massachusetts in this new capacity,” said Dr. Noyce. “I hope to learn a great deal as well as to share what I've learned in twenty years of foundation work trying to improve public education, especially in math and science."

“As a children’s author, a physician, a philanthropic and educational leader, Penny Noyce brings an amazing portfolio of experience and expertise to her work with the Board,” said Education Secretary Paul Reville. “Penny has made thoughtful contributions to reform in this state for the past three decades, and she will be an invaluable asset to the Board as we address the urgent challenges of the future. It will be an honor to serve with her.”

“Penny Noyce has provided outstanding leadership to support the development and implementation of world-class standards in mathematics, science, and technology in Massachusetts public school classrooms,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. “In addition, she has demonstrated a passion and commitment to providing a strong education for each and every student. Dr. Noyce is an excellent selection, and I look forward to her contributions and her expertise on the State Board.”

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