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Governor Stitt Names Nellie Tayloe Sanders as Education Secretary

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Today, Governor Kevin Stitt named education advocate Nellie Tayloe Sanders to serve as Secretary of Education.

“Nellie has championed innovative paths in education, particularly for those with dyslexic thinking and unique learning styles,” Gov. Stitt commented. “Her advocacy, rooted in her personal experiences and her journey as a parent, has led to impactful and sustainable changes. I am enthusiastic about her bringing this dedication and creativity to the Oklahoma school system, as we strive towards an educational framework that effectively supports and empowers every student.”

Since 2013, Sanders has worked at the Center of Family Love, a nonprofit serving neurodivergent individuals and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She worked to expand resources and opportunities for those who learn and develop differently.

"It's a privilege to be part of Governor Stitt's cabinet as the Secretary of Education," said Sanders. "In an era where one-size-fits-all education falls short, my mission is to revolutionize our approach, ensuring every child finds a pathway to success tailored to their unique needs. My goal is to empower parents with choices and support teachers in unleashing their full potential – moving beyond the constraints of politics and bureaucracy. Governor Stitt's commitment to educational freedom resonates deeply with me. It's about creating a landscape where every student, irrespective of their background or learning style, is valued and prepared for the future. I'm thrilled to contribute my insights and experience, championing reforms that will equip Oklahoma's students not just for today's job market, but for the dynamic opportunities of tomorrow."

As a dyslexic thinker and advocate, Sanders has first-hand experience navigating the school system as a dyslexic child and later as a parent. She passionately supports education freedom and individualized learning environments including public, charter, and private schools.

Her dedication extends to her role as co-director and concept producer of a documentary that highlights the resilience of individuals with cognitive development differences. Sanders, who began her career at Conde Nast Publications, holds a degree from Salve Regina University and resides in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, with her husband and their two sons.

Sanders appointment order can be found here.

Last Modified on Jan 24, 2024
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