Lee names Schwinn as education commissioner

A release from Gov.-elect Bill Lee’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Today, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced the appointment of Penny Schwinn to lead the Tennessee Department of Education.

“Penny leads with students at the forefront and I believe her experience is exactly what we need to continue improving on the gains we have made in the past few years,” said Lee. “As a former teacher and seasoned administrator, she will help make Tennessee a leader in the nation on education.”

Schwinn currently serves as the chief deputy commissioner of education at the Texas Education Agency. In this role, she pursued a series of reforms including the transformation of a failing state assessment program. She also implemented the expansion of statewide externships and pathway development for improving students’ career readiness upon graduation.

Additionally, Schwinn oversaw the development of open-source instructional materials to empower teachers with high-quality resources for teaching. Prior to serving in the Texas Education Agency, Schwinn was the chief accountability and performance officer for the Delaware Department of Education where she led efforts to conduct a testing audit, which led to nearly a 20 percent decrease in student testing time.

A former teacher, Schwinn taught with Teach for America (TFA) from 2004-2007 with work in Baltimore City Public Schools and Los Angeles. She is also the founder of Capitol Collegiate Academy, a charter school that serves low-income students in South Sacramento.

5 Responses to Lee names Schwinn as education commissioner

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Wonder if the following has anything to do with her leaving Texas, a state with possibly an even worse education system than Tennessee.

  • Terri Argo says:

    I am certainly looking forward to seeing how her vision for our kids works together with Bill Lee’s commitment to help implement more CTE programs in our schools. I wish her a wonderful next four years.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    I didn’t pay too much attention to Lee’s infantile campaign but I do vaguely remember Lee’s campaign managers came up with “10 For Tenn.” that they had him sign onto that included school choice as a priority in a Lee administration. Whatever happened to “10 For Tenn.”? Further, I see no mention of school choice in this announcement, I sure hope he hasn’t forgotten already.

  • James White says:

    The only way to fix education is to get the Government Out.

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