Chris Lee Nicastro has worked for over 40 years in the public schools of Missouri. Her career spans experience as a high school social studies teacher, school and district administrator, superintendent and chief state school officer. Throughout her career she has focused on advancing the cause of women and underserved populations including children of color and those who live in poverty. Her leadership has been noted for her inclusive approach to problem-solving and planning. In addition, her use of data and data systems to improve results has been recognized at the local, state and national levels. In 2009 Dr. Nicastro was awarded Missouri Superintendent of the Year. She is recently retired as the fifth person to serve as Missouri's Commissioner of Education. Her hallmark has always been her relentless insistence on quality schools for every child. 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. at St. Louis University.