Title: State Government Executive, Former Deputy Commissioner
Company: Florida Department of Education
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Altha Manning, State Government Executive and Former Deputy Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration and education.
Growing up, Ms. Manning garnered a firsthand experience in education as her parents and her grandmother were educators. They advised her against pursuing a career in education for financial reasons, leading her to study sociology in her academic pursuits with a plan to serve in the Peace Corps. She graduated from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts, and when she received her acceptance to the Peace Corps., she realized her passion was truly based in education. From 1961 to 1966, Ms. Manning worked as a social studies teacher in the Marion County school system in Ocala, Florida, and spent a year teaching in Dade County. From 1967 to 1970, she served as a program associate for the Learning Institute of North Carolina, completing postgraduate coursework at the University of North Carolina in 1969.
In 1971, Ms. Manning graduated with a Master of Science in sociology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in 1972, she accepted a position as the regional coordinator of early childhood for North Carolina Education District Five. She completed further postgraduate coursework at Duke University from 1973 to 1974, and in 1976, she became a child development instructor at Daytona Beach Community College, where she worked until 1978. Ms. Manning held multiple administrative roles at the institution until 1983, when she began her career with the Florida Department of Education. She served as the coordinator of the Gadsden Demo Models program and the program director for dropout prevention and student retention. From 1992 until her retirement, she worked as the deputy commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, and additionally served as the director of the division of safety in the Florida Department of Labor. In addition to her professional pursuits, Ms. Manning authored the book “Slices of Life,” and is a member of the Florida Association of Alternative High Schools and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, among others.
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