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Interim Commissioner

Desi D. Nesmith

Mr. Desi D. Nesmith was appointed as Interim Commissioner of Education by Governor Ned Lamont on June 28, 2019. Before his appointment as Interim Commissioner, he served as the Chief Turnaround Officer at the Connecticut State Department of Education. Prior to joining the CSDE in 2015, he was principal of Metacomet Elementary School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. As a former student of Metacomet Elementary School, he had a personal history with the school. Being able to return to the community that raised him and having an integral part in educating future generations, was invaluable to him. Mr. Nesmith was also served as principal of SAND Elementary School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mr. Nesmith is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he attained his B.A., M.A., and Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership and serves as the president of the Neag School of Education Alumni Association at the University of Connecticut. In 2010, Nesmith was awarded Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society, Connecticut Association of Schools First Year Principal of the Year, and was also the recipient of University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Promising Young Professional Award. Mr. Nesmith’s most notable achievement was being awarded the Milken Educator’s Award in 2014, the only educator from the state of Connecticut to receive the award that year.