Following Graduation from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, Dr. Keith Mispagel became a substitute teacher in Atchison and Fort Leavenworth. After several long-term substitute assignments that year, Dr. Mispagel was hired to teach First Grade full time for the 1996/1997 School Year. After teaching First Grade for two years, Dr. Mispagel then taught a year of 5th grade. During his three years teaching, Dr. Mispagel completed his Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Benedictine College. Dr. Mispagel started his administrative career in 1999 in Atchison as principal at Atchison Catholic Elementary School and St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Nortonville for two years.
Beginning the 2001/2002 School Year, Dr. Mispagel was hired by USD 207 as elementary Principal at Eisenhower Elementary. During his time as principal he completed his Educational Specialists Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). After four years as principal at Eisenhower, Dr. Mispagel was hired to be the Deputy Superintendent for USD 207 to begin the 2005/2006 School Year. Dr. Mispagel served as the Deputy Superintendent for 5 years. During this time, he also completed his course requirements for his PhD in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education and Educational Leadership and graduated from UMKC with his PhD in May, 2016. In 2011, Dr. Mispagel was appointed to Superintendent by the Board of Education and still serves in this role today.
Dr. Mispagel is an Executive Board Member (President) for the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA), a role he has served in since 2012. Additionally, Dr. Mispagel has been on the Executive Board for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) since 2014. Both national organizations advocate for funding support and legislation for federally connected children. In 2009, Dr. Mispagel received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from LTG William Caldwell (former Commanding General for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth), for his duties as Deputy Superintendent. In June 2011, Dr. Mispagel was presented the “Superintendent of Promise Award” given by the Kansas School Superintendents Association for first year superintendents.
Dr. Mispagel is married to the former Dione (Wilson) Mispagel, and has five sons Tanner, Blake, Parker, Brody, and Keegan.