|Rhode Island Commissioner of Education|
|July 1, 2009-present|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||July 1, 2009|
|Bachelor's||University of Oklahoma|
|Master's||Harvard University Kennedy School of Government|
University of South Florida
Gist began her career teaching in Fort Worth, Texas, and later taught in Tampa, Florida. She founded a center on environmental education and initiated the Hillsborough Reads program in Tampa. In both Fort Worth and Tampa, Gist won "Teacher of the Year" awards at her schools.
After teaching, Gist served as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, the marketing and development director of the Discovery Creek Children's Museum, and in the Office of the Mayor in Washington, DC.
- B.S. in early childhood education, University of Oklahoma
- MA in elementary education, University of South Florida
- MPA, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Commissioner of Education (2009-Present)
In 2010, Gist was named by TIME as one of the 100 people who most affect the world.
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- Rhode Island Department of Education, "Biography," accessed November 3, 2012
- GoLocalProv, "NEW: Gist To Begin Contract Negotiations with Tulsa," February 3, 2015
- Ride.RI.gov, "Office of the commissioner: Biography of the commissioner," accessed September 19, 2011
- TIME, "The 2010 TIME 100 - Deborah Gist," April 29, 2010
- Broad Center, "Deborah Gist," accessed March 5, 2013
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