Minnesota’s education commissioner heads an agency of more than 450 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from PreK-12. Commissioner Cassellius works closely with Governor Mark Dayton to promote a wide variety of early learning and K-12 education policies and initiatives designed to challenge Minnesota students with rigor and relevance, while maintaining accountability for results.
As Chief of Staff, Charlene oversees actitivies for the Office of the Commissioner. As Director of Communications, she oversees internal and external communications for the Minnesota Department of Education, and is the main contact for members of the media.
Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano is responsible for the day to day operations of the Minnesota Department of Education, including establishing fiscal policy, agency management and human resource operations as well as oversight of the legislative agenda, special education compliance, Q Comp and accountability issues.