Deputy Commissioners of Education

Serving directly under the commissioner of education, deputy commissioners of education provide leadership to the Texas Education Agency. Below is information about the leaders serving in these roles.

Deputy Commissioner of Academics

As Deputy Commissioner of Academics at the Texas Education Agency, Penny Schwinn is responsible for the Assessment and Accountability Division, as well as Standards and Programs.

Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support

As Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support at the Texas Education Agency, Martin Winchester is responsible for overseeing the Educator Leadership and Quality Division. 

Deputy Commissioner of Finance

As Deputy Commissioner of Finance at the Texas Education Agency, Kara Belew is responsible overseeing three key TEA divisions: the Permanent School Fund; School Finance; and Agency Finance.

Deputy Commissioner of Governance

As Deputy Commissioner of Governance at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), A.J. Crabill is responsible for the Accreditation and School Improvement Division, as well as Complaints, Investigations and Enforcement. 

Deputy Commissioner of Operations

As Deputy Commissioner of Operations at the Texas Education Agency, Megan Aghazadian is responsible for leading the agency’s cross-divisional strategic planning process and coordinating efforts to ensure performance goals and milestones are reached in an effort to improve student outcomes statewide. She also oversees the TEA divisions of Communications, Governmental Relations and Human Resources.

Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer at the Texas Education Agency, Melody Parrish is responsible for overseeing the agency’s Information Technology Services/Statewide Education Data Systems (ITS/SEDS).