Brian Schroeder was appointed Wyoming’s 23rd State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2022. Brian is constitutionally entrusted with general supervision of Wyoming’s public education system and also sits on critical state boards, including the State Board of Land Commissioners, the State Board of Education, the State Loan and Investment Board and the State Building Commission. The superintendent is also a non-voting member on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, the Wyoming Community College Commission and the School Facilities Commission.
Brian believes that for the student, the purpose of education is learning to think. Driven by the arts and the sciences, it’s about learning from others and thinking for oneself. In math, the learning side of it means computation while the thinking side means application. In history, learning is about what happened while thinking is about who told you what happened. In science, learning involves observation, thinking involves experimentation. The process of educating a child, however, has never just been about training the mind, but also cultivating the heart – prizing the value of virtue and prioritizing the importance of character.
He also sees the role of the local community schoolhouse as uniquely positioned between home and society. As an extension of the former and an incubator for the latter, American schools are uniquely poised to be a bridge between both.
Brian grew up in St. Louis, and was raised with his sister and brother in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin by his single-parent mother, Jane Schroeder, a nurse who made sure the family grew up in a stable, safe and strict home environment, with strong morals and lots of love.
He has worked as a teacher and administrator in private schools in California, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming and as a family and youth counselor. He most recently served as Head of School at Cody’s Veritas Academy, a private Christian school. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University and holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
The father of seven – Kelly, 35, Heidi, 34, Brian Jr. 28, Benjamin, 27, Grace, 25, Bruce, 23, Omega, 22 – Brian is married to his college sweetheart, Susie, who is a customer care associate with Guardian. His hobbies include camping, hunting, fishing, racquetball, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.