- Venessa Keesler - Deputy Superintendent, Accountability Services

Venessa Keesler is Deputy Superintendent of Education Services at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  The Education Services division includes offices and programs that oversee state content standards and instruction, school improvement, state and federal programs, career and technical education, and services for the state’s lowest performing schools.  Venessa previously served as Director of the Office of Evaluation, Strategic Research, and Accountability at the MDE and as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts, teaching seventh-grade social studies.  Venessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in measurement and quantitative methods from Michigan State University.