Steve Canavero, Ph.D
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Steve Canavero, Ph.D., is the superintendent of public instruction for the State of Nevada. Steve was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in February of 2016 to oversee the state’s education system serving nearly 450,000 students. Steve previously served as the deputy superintendent for student achievement at the Nevada Department of Education where he played a major role in the development and passage of a comprehensive suite of educational investments and reforms successfully passed in the 2015 Legislature. Steve previously served as the first director of Nevada’s newly created State Public Charter School Authority. His initial work there resulted in Nevada’s state charter school policy becoming one of the highest rated in the nation. Steve is serving his second term as a board member and treasurer at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He earned a bachelor’s in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.