(Casper, WY) – Megan Degenfelder has announced her candidacy for Wyoming’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Degenfelder made the announcement in her hometown of Casper, WY at the Boys and Girls Club, alongside honorary campaign chairs, Judy Catchpole and Tucker Fagan.
Degenfelder is a 6th generation Wyomingite and product of Wyoming’s K-12 public school system and the University of Wyoming. She is a conservative business leader in the fields of coal and oil & gas and former executive at the Wyoming Department of Education.
As Superintendent, Degenfelder plans to
- Empower parents as the #1 decision maker in their children’s education
- Work with local industries to ensure graduates are prepared for the Wyoming workplace
- Fight back against anti-American curriculum & policies
- Prioritize education funding in the classroom, not central administration
- Focus on literacy rates for K-3 students
- Use her private sector experience to effectively run the state agency, and do more with less
Degenfelder stated, “too often, we are told that our children are leaving Wyoming and our industries are dying. But we can and we will give our children the opportunities to build a successful future in Wyoming. And we will do this by working together–to give parents and students more choices than ever in their education, to partner with industry to best prepare our graduates, to make sure that every dollar is being efficiently allocated with maximum impact in the classroom. And things that work in Casper, might not work in Meeteetse. But we will work together while still allowing maximum autonomy within local communities and school districts. Having lived in several different communities across the state, I know that decision making is best left to the local level.”
Degenfelder stated that the campaign is organized with county leads and volunteers in all 23 counties in the state.
A 6th generation Wyomingite, Megan grew up in a ranching and oil and gas family. She attended Wyoming schools for the entirety of her K-12 education, graduating from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming. Megan attended the University of Wyoming, where she earned degrees in business economics and political science, and was selected as the University’s top graduating woman. She served as student body president and captained the University rugby team. She went on to earn her master’s degree in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, with her thesis focusing on the elasticity of demand between coal and natural gas use. During her time in China, Megan developed a deeper appreciation for America’s constitutional government and the freedoms we enjoy. She has since lived in Gillette, Cheyenne and Laramie.
Megan served as the Chief Policy Officer at the Wyoming Department of Education under Superintendent Jillian Balow. She oversaw multiple divisions, including standards & assessment, accountability, and the Hathaway scholarship, as well as a $30MM budget and 25-person staff. During this time, Megan made meaningful budget reductions, consolidated staff and updated the state’s statutory educational “basket of goods” for the first time in 20 years.
Megan also comes from years of private sector experience in the fields of coal and oil and gas, where she fought back against the Obama and Biden Administrations and worked to lessen regulatory burdens on the state’s largest revenue generating industries.
Megan is a lifelong volunteer in her community. She currently serves as vice chair of Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom, which creates a free curriculum focused on Wyoming’s top industries for grades 2-5. She serves on the Wyoming Taxpayer’s Association Board, and was a previous chairman of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, which focuses on economic self-sufficiency for women in Wyoming. Megan is also a very active outdoorswoman, and gives back through the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt and co-hosting women’s introductory trap shooting events. She is an active member of St. Paul’s Newman Center Catholic Church and is a volunteer coach for the University of Wyoming women’s rugby team. As a lifelong Republican, Megan has served as local precinct committeewoman and worked on various high level political campaigns.
Her husband Bryan grew up in Cheyenne and is an anesthesiologist and graduate of the WWAMI medical school program. They live in Laramie.
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