About MDE

Heather Mueller, Ed.D.

As Minnesota’s Education Commissioner, Dr. Heather Mueller heads an agency of more than 450 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from pre-K through grade 12, adult education and library services. Dr. Mueller works closely with Governor Tim Walz to promote a wide variety of education policies and initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life.

Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Dr. Mueller served as the department’s senior director of teaching and learning, assistant commissioner and deputy commissioner.

Dr. Mueller started her career at Mankato Area Public Schools in August 1997, teaching social studies. During her time at Mankato, she worked as a continuous improvement coach, professional development coordinator and the director of teaching and learning. She earned her doctor of education in leadership degree from St. Mary’s University. She earned her specialist and K-12 administrative license, master’s degree in educational leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.