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TEA News Releases Online Dec. 9, 2013

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that he has named Monica Martinez as Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). 

As Associate Commissioner, Martinez oversees the TEA department that includes the division areas related to Curriculum; Instructional Materials and Educational Technology, and Federal and State Education Policy.

“Monica Martinez has the experience, knowledge and skill set necessary to lead this important department of our agency,” said Commissioner Williams. “In addition, she possesses a commitment shared by everyone at TEA in working to make the best decisions for all our school children and for the future of Texas.”

Martinez – who’s been with TEA since 2004 – has been overseeing the department on an interim basis since September of this year. While with TEA, she has held various positions including curriculum director, policy director, and managing director within the Standards and Programs Department.

During her tenure with TEA, Martinez has worked with internal staff and external stakeholders on various initiatives regarding the standards and curriculum in Texas classrooms including implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and, most recent, the transition to new high school graduation plans under House Bill 5.

Martinez holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.