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 & Quality Division.

An educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience, Winchester is a former National Board Certified Teacher (2004-2014) and has earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas-Pan American. He holds a principal certification from the State of Texas, as well as teacher certifications in English Language Arts, English as a Second Language and Social Studies Composite.

Winchester began his education career in 1995 in the Rio Grande Valley and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Immediately before joining the Texas Education Agency, he served as an Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment U.S. History teacher at PSJA High School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. A strong community leader for education in the Rio Grande Valley, Winchester led the effort to launch the HEROES Academy, a college-preparation middle school in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district.

Winchester’s career arc is somewhat unusual and a testament to his commitment to teaching. He served for three years as the Chief Schools Officer of IDEA Public Schools overseeing the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of all the district’s principals and curriculum team. After leading IDEA, he returned to the classroom because he wanted to further refine his craft of teaching in a traditional neighborhood high school.

Over the years, Winchester has worked for Teach For America as an executive director, curriculum specialist, and literacy facilitator. In addition, he has trained more than 1,000 teachers and served as an Expert in Residence at the University of Notre Dame.

For his work in education, Winchester has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction from the National Society of High School Scholars (2014); H.E.B. Excellence in Education regional teaching recognition (2012); finalist for the Kinder Excellence in Teaching award (2006); IDEA College Preparatory Teacher of the Year (2006); and was honored by the Texas House of Representatives for outstanding achievement in education (2001).

Winchester is married to the former Yolanda Sandoval and has a son, Ethan, and twin daughters, Sophia and Audrey.