Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Anne Carloss, Director of Special Education for the Hood River County School District, to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.
"I was surprised and honored," Carloss said, acknowledging that technology itself is not her background.
"But they told me they absolutely want the perspective of the people who are really working in the trenches in education," she said.
"And I am willing to learn," said Carloss, noting that the council will make its first presentation to state legislators in November.
Carloss also has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools in Illinois and Oregon.
She is currently completing an Education Specialist degree in educational leadership at Lewis & Clark College.
"I think I do have a really good perspective on public education, age zero through 21 ... early intervention ... all the way through.
"That special education perspective is really unique, and technology is the wave of the future, especially for kids who have challenges to communication."
Changes in statewide assessments over the coming decade, along with ways to fund broadband technology when public funds are sparse, are the key challenges facing the council, especially for rural area, according to Carloss.
"We'll be looking at how it is we need to build that broadband pipeline," she said. "It should be exciting."
Carloss is a native of Chicago, Ill., where she graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in special education. She then earned a Master's degree in education administration from Aurora University.
"We are very excited about having someone with Anne's background become a part of Oregon's Broadband Advisory Council," said Joseph Franell, CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, and Chair of the Council.
"As broadband technologies become more and more a part of the classroom, having someone join the OBAC who has both K-12 experience and educational leadership skills will certainly help us meet the challenge of making Oregon the leader in the deployment and utilization of broadband in education."
The mission of the Council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities.
The Council is also charged with reporting to the legislature on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state.
The Council members are leaders representing Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Native Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission, and the Oregon State Legislature.