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Eric Saunders

Eric Saunders, EdD, serves as state assistant superintendent for district support with the Arkansas Department of Education. Previously, he was an assistant superintendent for Benton Public Schools in Benton, Arkansas.

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Eric Saunders

Eric Saunders, EdD, serves as state assistant superintendent for district support with the Arkansas Department of Education. Previously, he was an assistant superintendent for Benton Public Schools in Benton, Arkansas. He is the former assistant commissioner for research and technology at the Arkansas Department of Education. Before that, he served as superintendent at the East End School District. Since starting his education career in 1997, he has been a high school principal, mathematics teacher, and athletic coach in various schools across Arkansas. Eric is a results-focused educator with a passion for learning and student success. Outside of the K–12 setting, he has served as an adjunct professor for graduate education classes at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

As assistant commissioner, Eric presented across the United States on topics ranging from data-driven decision making to the future of education. Additionally, he worked with state and national leaders to support educators and students regarding student information systems, technology access, and the science of learning. Eric is a member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators Legislative Committee to help monitor and shape educational policy. He believes strongly in a results-based approach to education, which allows him to support schools and districts in increasing student achievement.

Eric received his bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate, both in education, from Harding University.