Kirsten Baesler was elected North Dakota state superintendent of schools in November 2012. Baesler and her 100- member
staff manage the school funding formula, approve administrator and education specialist credentials, and monitor the
state's K-12 school programs in its 473 school buildings educating our 110,000 students. She serves on 15 state boards,
chairing two of them. Her 22 year career at Bismarck Public Schools placed her in roles as vice principal, library media
specialist, classroom teacher, and instructional assistant to students with intellectual disabilities. She also spent nine
years serving on the Mandan School Board serving as President seven of those nine years.
A native of Flasher, ND, Superintendent Baesler has earned two Associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree in Education and her
master’s degree in Education and Library Information Technology. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Baesler is
committed to providing the best possible learning environment and educational experience to every child to be successful
beyond high school. Superintendent Baesler makes her home in Mandan, where she raised her three sons and continues to serve
her community as a board member for several local public and non-profit organizations.