Megan Aghazadian (TEA Designee), Deputy Commissioner of Operations at the Texas Education Agency, 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, and Human Resources, and leads TEA’s work with the 20 Regional Education Service Centers across the state. Aghazadian began her career in education as a middle school Language Arts teacher in the Bronx through Teach For America. As a result of her successful work in the classroom, student reading skills improved by an average of two grade levels. Immediately prior to joining TEA, Aghazadian led the development of college partnerships and organization wide strategic planning at the KIPP Foundation, which supports the national KIPP charter school network through educator recruitment and training, professional development and teaching resources, and supporting overall school quality. Before her time at KIPP, Aghazadian held strategy and policy roles at TNTP, DC Public Schools, and DC Public Education Fund. Aghazadian earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and a Master in the Art and Science of Teaching from Pace University in New York. She also holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.