LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key is pleased to announce that Dr. Kiffany Pride has been named the new assistant commissioner for the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Learning Services division. Pride will assume her new role July 1 after the departure of Stacy Smith.

“Dr. Pride brings a wealth of experience to our leadership team, especially in the area of literacy,” Key said. “During the brief period she was assigned as a literacy coach for LRSD under the Office of Coordinated Support and Service, the schools in which she worked saw dramatic improvements in student outcomes. Since coming to the agency, Dr. Pride has helped build and maintain the momentum of the RISE Arkansas reading initiative. She is a dynamic leader of learning, and we are excited to have her leading the Learning Services team at the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education.”

Pride started working for DESE as a Response to Intervention coordinator for literacy, a position she held from August 2018 until February 2019. She then served as a R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) assessor until August 2019, when she assumed her current role as the director of curriculum and assessment.

Prior to joining DESE, Pride was the program administrator for the Pulaski County Special School District’s Department of Learning Services from July 2012 to June 2018. Her previous experience also includes serving as a teacher, literacy coach, and athletic coach for the Little Rock School District.

Pride has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Hendrix College in Conway, a Master of Science in Middle Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Science in Reading and Literacy from Walden University in Minneapolis, and an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from Harding University in Searcy.

In addition, Pride is a member of several professional organizations, including the Mid-South Educational Research Association, the Arkansas Reading Association, and the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.

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