Patrick Conetta has more than 25 years of experience as an educator and has spent the past 10 years supporting in-service teachers and pre-service teachers. Prior to serving as State Director of the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program and Director of Teacher Preparation and Development, Dr. Conetta served as an Instructional Coach, Regional Director, and Director of Curriculum & Instruction with NC NTSP and fully appreciates all of the important layers required to support beginning teaches through induction. Beginning his career teaching high school science, Conetta earned his B.S in Biology, followed by an M.Ed after spending six years in the classroom. He later returned to school to earn his Ph.D in Teacher Education/Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Conetta resides in Alamance county with his wife and two sons.