About Dr. Heather Mueller
Originally from Yuma, Arizona and the daughter of two educators, Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller moved to Minnesota to attend college in Mankato. Upon graduation, she started her career at Mankato Area Public Schools in August 1997, teaching social studies. During her time in Mankato, she also worked as a continuous improvement coach, professional development coordinator and the director of teaching and learning.
Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Dr. Heather Mueller served as the Minnesota Department of Education’s senior director of teaching and learning, assistant commissioner and deputy commissioner. She earned her doctor of education in leadership degree with an emphasis in organizational analysis and change 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. Dr. Mueller’s husband teaches middle school math, and they have two children who are both in high school.
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About the Agency
The Minnesota Department of Education provides an excellent education for Minnesota students by striving for excellence, equity, and opportunity. They focus 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. The Minnesota Department of Education develops, builds, and maintains collaborative relationships with schools, districts, and other stakeholders through a wide variety of advisory boards, councils and committees.
Minnesota’s Commitment to Educational Equity
Educational equity is the condition of justice, fairness and inclusion in our systems of education so that all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potentials. The pursuit of educational equity recognizes the historical conditions and barriers that have prevented opportunity and success in learning for students based on their races, incomes and other social conditions. Eliminating those structural and institutional barriers to educational opportunities requires systemic change that allows for distribution of resources, information and other support depending on the student’s situation to ensure an equitable outcome.
Equity is different from equality. Equity is a principle that is based upon justness and fairness, while equality demands everyone be treated at the same level.
The Minnesota Department of Education is committed to educational equity for all Minnesota students. See our Ten Minnesota Commitments to Equity.
MDE Executive Organizational Chart - 6/23/21
Updated June 2021