by Mark Curtis, ABC6 Chief Political Reporter
"I am back and I am feeling great," said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is back on the job full time, after having surgery for a benign brain tumor in September.
"Everything was very successful. And I am fully recovered and expect to not have to deal with it again, so that's very positive news," Gist added.
While she was away on medical leave, she received hundreds of get well cards and letters, especially from students across the state. One little girl's really stood out.
"She said, 'My teacher said that you like adventures. And so I was thinking that when you get better, maybe we could go on one.' Absolutely, we should go on an adventure."
ABC6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Commissioner Gist says that now that her health is back, and she's back on the job, her focus returns to the kids and making Rhode Island education better."
The Education Office is getting ready to implement some new curriculum initiatives and teacher evaluation procedures this school year and Dr. Gist says it's all right on target.
"In fact here in my office, we break things down quarter by quarter, and exactly what needs to get done. So, the team didn't skip a beat and I can come back in and know exactly where we are, and what I need to pick back up again," said Gist.
Dr. Gist says she is extra thankful for her good health and all the support this thanksgiving week.