Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE) Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe is the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. DOE. He will begin this presidential appointment in Washington D.C. at the end of April.
“Ronn has demonstrated his leadership in the department and opened collaborations across K–12 and higher education institutions,” said Dean Donald B. Young. “We wish him well in his new position and in continuing positive relationships between Hawai‘i and the Federal Department of Education.”
Nozoe earned a master of education in teaching (MEdT) degree from the College of Education in 1995. After teaching language arts and social studies at King Intermediate School, he would go on to serve as Mōkapu Elementary School Vice Principal, Keolu Elementary School Principal, and Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area Superintendent before his appointment as Deputy Superintendent in 2010.
As Hawaiʻi’s chief academic officer, Nozoe has been responsible for the leadership and supervision of the 15 complex area superintendents. He has also overseen the executive sponsorship of many of the DOE’s strategic initiatives, including the six Priority Strategies and Complex Area Support Team initiative, the Educator Effectiveness System, the Strive HI Performance System for school accountability and improvement, and the Deputy’s Principal Roundtable. Externally, he represents the state’s education system as executive liaison to the military community.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to the USDOE as its Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education,” stated Nozoe. “I believe my experiences could be of benefit to the USDOE as they continue to develop and refine the ways in which they interact with states and districts on their improvement efforts. One of my goals will be to cultivate stronger relationships and trust between the USDOE and state chiefs, deputies, and program staff.”