Evers was born Nov. 5, 1951 in Plymouth. Graduated from UW-Madison. Worked as a teacher in the Tomah School District, before serving as principal at Tomah Elementary School, followed by principal at Tomah High School until 1984. Served as superintendent in the Oakfield and Verona school districts for four years each, then CESA administrator from 1992-2001. Appointed Department of Public Instruction deputy superintendent from 2001-2009. Elected as DPI head in April 2009, re-elected in 2013 and 2017.