Keith W. Rheault
Dr. Keith W. Rheault was appointed as Nevada's Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2004 and was reappointed for another three-year term that began in March 2010. He oversees a statewide school system that educates more than 400,000 students. Some of Dr. Rheault's areas of concentration include student accountability systems, the improvement of career and technological education programs, teacher licensure, and teacher effectiveness.
Before his appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Rheault had been employed with the Nevada Department of Education since 1986. During his tenure, he served as the Agriculture Education Consultant and State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor, as Assistant Director and Director of the Office of Occupational and Continuing Education, and as Deputy Superintendent for Instructional, Research and Evaluative Services. He also previously taught vocational agriculture classes and served as the FFA chapter advisor at two different schools in North Dakota.
Dr. Rheault has overseen several statewide education initiatives. Nevada was one of only six states recently awarded a $71 million, five-year competitive grant to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance the reading and writing skills of students, including students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. He also oversees the Nevada Pathway to 21st Century Learning, a collaborative project between all 17 Nevada school districts and the Nevada Department of Education that focuses on providing professional development to help teachers offer 21st century learning experiences to their students.
Dr. Rheault received bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from North Dakota State University. He also earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in agricultural education. While completing his doctoral studies, he worked as an adjunct professor in the agricultural engineering department teaching a variety agriculture mechanics courses.