'I Never Ever Make Decisions About K-12 Education Based on What’s Best for Adults'
Superintendent of Public Instruction, N.D.
During her 22 years with the school district, she worked as an instructional assistant, classroom teacher, library media specialist and assistant vice principal. She also served as president of the Mandan School Board for nine years.
Baesler was first elected state superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction in 2012. Now in her second term, Baesler says the role is “the best of both worlds,” using her background as a teacher as well as school board president. “What’s best for students is at the heart of every decision and every direction and every position that I take,” she says. “I never ever make decisions about K-12 education based on what’s best for adults.”