3 The City of Jacksonville has a new Education Commissioner. Mayor Alvin Brown announced today... Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette will serve as Jacksonville's education commissioner. In case you are unfamiliar with the position- the education commissioner serves for a term of two years, advocating for education with a focus on K-12 public education in Duval County schools. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem spoke to the new commissioner about her plans for the next two years. 3 3 00-0823-3046-53110-117121- 13045:21 Nat pop of clapping Meet Annmarie Kent-Willette, the City of Jacksonville's new appointee as the City's Education Commissioner.The position is at no cost to tax payers- the money for her salary comes from Jacksonville University.. She's on loan for a dollar from the college. Kent-Willette will succeed the current commissioner Dr.Donnie Horner and will focus on improving Duval County Schools ...Superintendent Dr.Nikolai Vitti, Duval County Public Schools 02:06 The school district and children need as many advocates as possible and I think this partnership with the Ed Commissioner is just another example of us working together 34:33 BUT this position isn't just for public schools- Students who are home-schooled or enrolled in private schools are also included in the commissioner's mandate to positively affect education.Some of the things the past Education Commissioner did...Annmarie Kent-Willette, New Education Commissioner for the City of Jacksonville 53:55 We have JROTC in our high schools and football in our middle schools because how successfully Dr. Donnie Horner was able to make sure they had the funding that was needed.Kent-Willette will work on making more programs like the mentoring program available to Jacksonville students ...The Mayor says this position allows the city of Jacksonville to get closer to their education goals.Mayor Alvin Brown 58:23 I want a 100 percent graduation rate in our schools I don't want any more high school drops outs. I want to make sure in Jacksonville we have a 50 percent of the population have a college degree right now it's only 25 percent.CLOSE: 34:59 The education commissioner reports directly to Mayor Brown and acts as his senior policy advisor for all matters pertaining to education. AM C4 TLS.