Sandoval Names Canavero as State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - February 09, 2016

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has named Steve Canavero as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, effective immediately. Sandoval made this decision following interviews with each of the three candidates who were recommended by the State Board of Education. Prior to this appointment, Canavero was named Interim-Superintendent following the announcement that then-Superintendent Dale Erquiaga would join Governor Sandoval’s staff as Chief Strategy Officer.

“Steve has been instrumental is implementing the sweeping reforms and successfully fulfilling the mission behind the unprecedented investment recently made in Nevada’s public education system. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the unique initiatives passed in the last legislative session and a commitment to accountability for results,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Superintendent Canavero and I share the belief that every child can succeed and our communities are best served by high quality schools. I look forward to working with Steve as we continue to pursue the limitless possibilities and educational opportunities found within the new Nevada.”

“I am humbled to continue serving as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and offer my unwavering commitment to our students and improving and increasing education opportunities for every child who attends our schools,” said State Superintendent Steve Canavero. “As a father of two students enrolled in our public education system, I understand the frustration and see the potential found in our classrooms every day. I am eager to continue working with Governor Sandoval to implement his bold vision to modernize Nevada’s education system and would like to thank him for his belief in my ability.”

“This is an important time for public education in Nevada and the Governor has made it clear that he will assemble a team that shares his commitment to our students and schools. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I am grateful to continue working with Superintendent Canavero who I believe is a proven and effective leader,” said Elaine Wynn Chairwoman of the State Board of Education.

Steve Canavero, Ph.D. was previously tapped by Sandoval as the Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), effective September 4, 2015. Prior to that, Canavero served as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement at NDE and was previously the first Director of the newly created State Public Charter School Authority. Steve brings years of experience working in public education at the state and local level. He has a background in evaluation and planning and worked as a teacher and principal. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology, Steve earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. Steve lives in Reno with his wife and two daughters.

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