CCPE Commissioner Dr. Deborah Frison of Omaha has been selected to fill a newly created leadership position at the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). Frison will begin her duties as Deputy Commissioner of School Improvement this fall. She will continue her work with the Coordinating Commission, as well.
Frison currently is principal at Omaha Burke High School, a position she has held since 2008. Prior to Burke, Frison was principal at Morton Middle School and King Science and Technology Magnet School, both in Omaha. She began her career in education as a music teacher.
As one of 11 commissioners, Frison works with CCPE staff to fulfill the Commission’s many duties, which are spelled out in both the state’s constitution and in statute. She represents District 2, which covers north Omaha. Frison has served as a commissioner since 2012.
Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature. They are not paid for their services.
In her new position, Frison will provide leadership and oversight of NDE's programs and services to Nebraska’s schools and educational service units. There will be a strong focus on school improvement, boosting student achievement, and the development and integration of “next generation” systems that support school districts.