Mike Ceballos shares a laugh with an employee at the Secretary of State's office on Thursday, May 15, 2014 as he files as a candidate for Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction. Photo provided.

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Former Qwest Wyoming President Mike Ceballos has filed with the Secretary of State’s office to run for the office of Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“The actions of the current Superintendent, and the attempted remedies that were struck down by the Supreme Court have all contributed to what is now a dysfunctional department, which is badly in need of leadership,” Ceballos said. “I can be that leader.”

Mike’s 30-year career with Qwest included a broad base of experience in telecommunications having worked in network provisioning, retail marketing, product and market management, human resources, and legislative, regulatory, governmental, and community relations.

He said his campaign will focus on three priorities:

  1. 1.Communicating the importance of parents, community organizations and citizens in improving the success of students through increased collaboration between the state and communities, including school districts. We need to help students answer the question, “In real life, why do I need this knowledge?”
  2. 2.Creating a common understanding of the knowledge and skills that students must possess to be successful in a global arena. Many job opportunities that existed for baby boomers are gone. We need to help students prepare for current and future jobs.
  3. 3.Increasing instructional time by relieving educators of non-teaching duties. We must look to reassign these non-instructional mandates and provide more face-to-face time between students and teachers.

Mike earned a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Northern Arizona University. He is currently working on an EdD in Educational Leadership at the University of Wyoming.

Mike serves on several boards including Wyoming Business Alliance, University Of Wyoming College Of Business Advisory Board, Wyoming National Teacher Certification Advisory Board, McREL Board of Directors, and Leadership Wyoming Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of inaugural Leadership Wyoming’s Class of 2001, Telephone Pioneers, and HOPE (Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education).

Mike is married to Addie. They have a son and daughter, Kelly and Samantha, both of whom graduated from public schools in Cheyenne and both have attended the University of Wyoming.

Find out more about Mike at www.mikeforeducation.com.