Sept. 11, 2008
New leaders announced at Texas Education Agency
AUSTIN – Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott announced today that Dr. Raymond F. Glynn has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for School District Leadership and Educator Quality, a position he has held on an acting basis since July 2007.
Glynn has 38 years of public education experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent, having worked in school districts in four states. Prior to joining TEA in 2005 he was assistant superintendent for administration at Nacogdoches Independent School District.
"Ray has a lifetime of experience in the field of education and he has done an outstanding job since joining the TEA team," Scott said. "His insight and dedication have proven invaluable as we serve Texas’ schoolchildren."
Assuming Glynn’s former duties over educator quality and standards will be Jerel Booker, who is Director of Educator Initiatives and Performance in State Initiatives. Booker will continue to oversee this division in his new role.
Booker, an attorney, has been in charge of more than $370 million in initiatives and grant programs. He is a former teacher, college vice president and governor’s policy advisor in Maryland.
"Jerel is an extremely capable leader and administrator, and TEA is fortunate to have his expertise," Scott said.
The new appointments took effect immediately.
Scott also announced the upcoming departure of Dr. Sharon Jackson, Associate Commissioner of Standards and Programs. Jackson, who will retire Sept. 30, has spent 26 years in public education.
She is a former teacher and principal in the Ferris Independent School District, a state coordinator for elementary education at the Region 13 Education Service Center and director of staff development at Round Rock ISD.
"Sharon has been one of my favorite colleagues in public service and I will miss her greatly," Scott said.