MYRTLE POINT — Myrtle Point native Bridgett Wheeler has been named to Oregon’s State Board of Education.
Wheeler, who directors cultural and education programs for the Coquille Indian Tribe, was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Sept. 18. The four-year appointment will see Wheeler helping to set educational policies and standards for Oregon’s 197 public school districts and 20 education service districts.
An enrolled member of the Coquille Indian Tribe, Wheeler has been employed by the tribe for the past 19 years. She spent the first 10 years as a social worker and became Education Director in 2011. She now leads the tribe’s Culture, Education and Learning Services Department.