Michelle Blatt

Deputy Superintendent

Michele Blatt

Deputy Superintendent

Michele Blatt is a Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia. As a Deputy State Superintendent, Ms. Blatt provides organizational leadership to ensure the implementation of the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) strategic plan, directs daily operations for all WVDE Divisions, and facilitates coordination of support for the State’s fifty-five county school districts.

Ms. Blatt has enjoyed a distinguished career in education for over twenty-five years with experience as a teacher and principal prior to coming to the WVDE as the Leadership Development Coordinator. Since joining the WVDE in 2007, she has earned promotions through the roles of Executive Director of the Office of School Improvement, Chief Accountability Officer and Assistant Superintendent for the Division of Support and Accountability. Her professional focus has centered on turning around low-performing schools and providing a variety of strategies, tools and resources to meet the individual needs of these schools. Michele’s personal devotion to supporting every child’s well-being serves as her moral compass and has led to her professional success.

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus

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Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus

Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus is a Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia. As a Deputy State Superintendent, Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus will assist with the WVDE’s efforts to address teacher vacancies throughout the state and support student achievement and success.

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marshall University, and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). She proudly served as Superintendent of Upshur County Schools for five years and, in her 32 years of educational experience, has served as a teacher, special education teacher, counselor, and principal.

Dr. Sara Lewis-Stankus is also a Nationally Distinguished Principal, Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a certified Ruby Payne “Understanding the Structure of Poverty” trainer.