• 2017 Summer Conference

Commissioner/TEA Panel

  • Tuesday, June 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    In addition to a presentation by Ruben Olivarez, executive director of the Cooperative Superintendency Program of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education, on the final morning of the UT/TASA Summer Conference, you’ll hear from the commissioner of education, who will bring a panel of key Texas Education Agency staff for a discussion/Q&A. With all your new knowledge of the legislative changes coming your way during the conference, we know you’ll have plenty of questions.  
    Mike Morath   Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath
    Commissioner of education since 2016, Mike Morath heads the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which oversees pre-K through high school education for more than 5 million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools. Prior to that, he served on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees for more than four years. He has worked to focus TEA on his four priorities including: Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Teachers and Principals; Building a Foundation of Math and Reading; Connecting High School to Career and College; and Improving Low-Performing Schools.


    TEA panelists include:

    Penny Schwinn   Penny Schwinn
    TEA Deputy Commissioner of Academics Penny Schwinn is responsible for the Assessment and Accountability Division, as well as Standards and Programs. She began her education career as a high school history and economics teacher in Baltimore. Prior to joining TEA, she served as assistant secretary for the Delaware Department of Education, and before that as assistant superintendent of Performance Management for the Sacramento City Unified School District.

    Shannon Housson   Shannon Housson
    Shannon Housson has served as director of the Division of Performance Reporting at TEA since July 2004. His areas of responsibility include the state accountability and distinction designation systems and various state- and federally required performance reports.

    Martin Winchester   Martin Winchester
    TEA Deputy Commissioner of Educator Support Martin Winchester is responsible for overseeing the Educator Leadership and Quality Division. He 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 TEA, he served as an Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment U.S. History teacher at PSJA High School in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD.

     Leo Lopez

    Leo Lopez
    Leo Lopez serves as the associate commissioner and chief school finance officer for TEA. As such, he oversees the TEA’s divisions responsible for state funding, financial accountability, and financial compliance.

    Monica Martinez  
    Monica Martinez
    As the associate commissioner for Standards and Support Services at TEA, Monica Martinez oversees the work of the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, the Instructional Materials Division, and the Digital Learning team. These teams support work related to TEKS and programs including the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), Texas Gateway, Communities in Schools, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.