May 7, 2010 5:37 PM by KXLH News (Helena)

Juneau to receive honorary doctorate from Carroll College

Denise Juneau, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Carroll College.

The honorary doctorate will be conferred on Juneau at Carroll's graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8th, where 265 Carroll students will receive their degrees.

Juneau said, “I am honored to receive this distinguished award and look forward to continuing to contribute to the advancement of academic excellence in Montana.”

Denise Juneau biography from the OPI website:

Denise Juneau became Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 5, 2009. She most recently served as the Director of Indian Education for OPI, overseeing the Indian Education for All program and working on student achievement issues.

Her teaching career began in New Town, North Dakota on the Fort Berthold Reservation Juneau taught 9th and 10th grade English, and coached the speech and debate team, before returning to Browning to teach at her alma mater.

Denise served as Indian Education Specialist for OPI before attending law school. Graduating from the University of Montana Law School gave her an understanding of how the law influences and affects our education system.

In 2004, she became Supreme Court Clerk. Working in the legal profession has sharpened her principles for fairness, integrity and respect for others.

Juneau is the first American Indian to serve in a statewide executive level office. She graduated from Browning High School, in Browning MT. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Montana State University; her Master's of Education Degree in "Risk and Prevention for School Aged Children" from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana. While at MSU, she received a Rockefeller Brother's Foundation Fellowship.

Denise credits Montana teachers with showing her that she could achieve her dreams and goals, and is grateful for their lessons. She is honored to serve as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction and looks forward to continuing her work with Montana's schools and education community, for the benefit of all students.