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 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, Mike Meyer oversees School Finance, Agency Finance, Grants and Contracts, and the Permanent School Fund.

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, Rulemaking, Agency Services and Human Resources.  In addition, Aghazadian oversees the coordination of the Agency’s work with the 20 Education Service Centers.

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).

Deputy Commissioner of School Programs

As Deputy Commissioner of School Programs at the Texas Education Agency, Lily Laux is responsible for developing resources, models, and supports to effectively improve quality, access, and opportunity for all students in Texas. 

Deputy Commissioner of Special Populations

As Deputy Commissioner of Special Populations at the Texas Education Agency, Matt Montaño oversees TEA’s work to strengthen and support Special Education in Texas. This work encompasses programs at all levels of the public education system involving students, parents, teachers, as well as campus-level and district-level administrators.

Deputy Commissioner of Standards and Engagement

As Deputy Commissioner of Standards and Engagement at the Texas Education Agency, Jeff Cottrill oversees the areas of Assessment, Performance Reporting and Standards & Support Services (including Curriculum, Instructional Materials, Digital Learning and State Board of Education Support).