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Vol. 44, No. 85

December 15, 2010

DESE Fills Two Key Leadership Vacancies

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro announced today the promotion of two staff members to fill leadership vacancies at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The appointments are effective immediately.

Sharon Hoge Stephen Barr
Sharon Hoge
Stephen Barr

Sharon Hoge, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as assistant commissioner of the Office of College and Career Readiness; and Stephen Barr, Ed.D., has been named assistant commissioner of the Office of Special Education, a

position he held nearly a decade ago.

Most recently, Hoge has served the Department as coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment. Prior to joining the Department in 2006, Hoge was a teacher and administrator at both the school and district levels. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In her new duties, Hoge is responsible for overseeing the implementation and technical assistance to school personnel for state education standards, curriculum development, the Missouri Assessment Program, and career and technical education programs.

Barr, a former teacher and school administrator in eastern Missouri schools, received his doctorate in education administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He originally joined the Department in 1984 as coordinator of federal programs after years of experience as a teacher and school administrator. He later served as assistant commissioner of Special Education until 2002, when he took a leadership position in school improvement at the Ohio Department of Education. Barr returned to Missouri earlier this year to oversee the state’s federal education programs.

The Office of Special Education administers state and federal funds to support services for students and adults with disabilities.

“We are most fortunate Sharon and Stephen have agreed to serve in these important leadership posts,” Commissioner Nicastro said. “They bring a high level of technical knowledge, experience and leadership to the state agency at a time when our schools and students need it most. We have a lot of work to do, and I am grateful for their continuing service.”