Sharon Twitty, 47, assistant superintendent for the Merced County Office of Education, was recently appointed as chairwoman of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, a group run by the California County Superintendents' Educational Services Association.
CISC is comprised of the 58 county offices of education and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. Twitty, a 20-year education veteran, is the second person in Merced County to serve as the CISC chairwoman. The first was Gordon Stallings in 2001.
The purpose of CISC is to work with school districts, the California Department of Education and other state partners to ensure programs, practices and services support success for all students.
"It was a great opportunity to represent Merced County and the Valley in general. It is a challenge and involves some travel, but the benefits far outweigh the cost," Twitty said.