Margaret Vandeven selected as Missouri Commissioner of Education
The state of Missouri will have a new Missouri Commissioner of Education starting Jan. 1.
Margaret Vandeven will take over the helm in 2015 as current Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro prepares to retire Dec. 31.
“We believe in the positive impact of the Top 10 by 20 plan on Missouri’s children,” said State Board President Peter Herschend. “We strongly believe that Dr. Margie Vandeven is the right person to accomplish the goals of the plan.”
The state’s Top 10 by 20 plan focuses on getting student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states by 2020.
Vandeven has worked for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the past nine years, where she recently worked as the deputy commissioner for the division of learning services.
Prior to that, she worked as an English language arts teacher and administrators in schools in Missouri and Maryland for 13 years, according to DESE.
“I am honored to serve as Missouri’s Commissioner of Education, and I am committed to and focused on doing what’s right for the children of Missouri,” said Dr. Vandeven. “I stand ready to support our school districts and charter schools, working together to move Missouri into the top 10 in student performance.”