"N" is for Nielsen, Barbara Stock [b. 1942]

Jan 31, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"N" is for Nielsen, Barbara Stock [b. 1942]. State Superintendent of Education. A native of Ohio, in 1984, Nielsen became the curriculum specialist and director of business-community partnerships for Beaufort County Schools. In 1990 she was elected state Superintendent of Education on the Republican ticket—the first woman to hold that position and only the second woman elected to a constitutional office. Her accomplishments included the development of frameworks for all subjects and grades and new performance-based assessments for statewide tests. She oversaw the introduction of computer technology and access to the Internet in all schools, the implementation of full-day kindergarten for all children, and the introduction of pre-kindergarten for at-risk three and four-year-olds. Supporters and critics agreed that Barbara Stock Nielsen helped bring national recognition to the state in several areas of educational reform.