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Missouri Chief State School Officer – Commissioner of Education, Chris Nacastro
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
The mission of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is to guarantee the superior preparation and performance of every child in school and in life. Dr. Chris Nicastro has been a teacher and administrator in Missouri public schools for 34 years. She is the fifth person to serve as Missouri’s Commissioner of Education. The University of Missouri in St. Louis and St. Louis University have recognized Dr. Nicastro as a Distinguished Alumnus. Many community organizations have acknowledged her service to children and families, and she has received recognition statewide and nationally for her work to promote women and minorities. Dr. Nicastro earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Indiana University; a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and a Ph.D. in educational administration at St. Louis University. She holds Missouri certification as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Dr. Nicastro and her husband, Charles, have three children and six grandchildren.
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102