Chris Nicastro

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Chris Nicastro
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Missouri Commissioner of Education
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - December 31, 2014
Base salary$185,904
Elections and appointments
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University
Master'sUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis
Ph.D.St. Louis University
Office website
Chris Nicastro is the former Missouri Commissioner of Education. She served in this position from 2009 until she left office in December 2014.[1] In September 2014, Nicastro announced her plans to step down by the end of the year, stating "This is exactly the right time both personally and professionally for a change in leadership."[2]

Nicastro decided to resign as head of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education amid ongoing tensions with, and criticism from, the state legislature and other government officials primary about her handling of the department's implementation of the newly adopted Common Core academic standards in Missouri schools.[2]


Prior to her appointment by the State Board of Education in 2009, Nicastro worked as a teacher and administrator in the Missouri public school system for nearly four decades. Her credentials as an educator include certifications as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the state of Missouri, as well as a Ph.D in educational administration.


  • Bachelor's degree in history - Indiana University
  • Master’s degree in educational administration- - University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Ph.D. in educational administration - St. Louis University.

Political career

Missouri Commissioner of Education (2009-2014)

Nicastro was appointed to the state executive position of Commissioner of Education for the state of Missouri in July 2009. She reported to, and served at the pleasure of, the State Board of Education, the body responsible for her appointment.[1]



The State Board of Education appointed Nicastro Missouri's 5th Commissioner of Education in July 2009.[1]


Nicastro and her husband, Charles, have three children and seven grandchildren.[1]

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Preceded by
Missouri Commissioner of Education
Succeeded by
Margie Vandeven