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Stacey Preis is Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Learning Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where she leads the offices of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services, College and Career Readiness, Data System Management, Educator Quality, Quality Schools and Special Education.

Prior to joining the Missouri DESE in July 2014 as the Assistant Commissioner of Early and Extended Learning, Dr. Preis spent six years with the Missouri General Assembly as Executive Director of the Joint Committee on Education. Her responsibilities included policy research, advising legislators on education issues, and serving as liaison to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

In addition to her education policy work, she has previously worked as a teacher and higher education advisor. She holds three degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia including a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.