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Rebecca Fishman Lipsey named to state education board

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed a former teacher and Teach for America leader to the State Board of Education.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, 32, of Aventura, served as the executive director of Teach for America in Miami-Dade from 2008 to 2012. Before coming to South Florida, she taught fourth- and fifth-grade students in the New York City public schools.

“With an exceptional career in education, Rebecca is committed to student success and accountability, and it is clear she will be a tremendous advocate for all Florida students," Scott wrote in a statement. "Rebecca will help continue to ensure we are holding students to high standards in Florida and giving them the support they need to succeed in college and their career.”

Said Lipsey: “As a life-long educator, I am deeply committed to what is best for children and could not be more humbled to bring my experience to the table.  Having worked closely with principals, parents, educators and students from diverse backgrounds, I know that it is possible for all students to succeed.”

Lipsey will succeed Kathleen Shanahan, a one-time chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush. Shanahan's term is up at the end of December.

Lipsey's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.