Former Teach For America executive vice president for public affairs Kevin Huffman was today named the new commissioner of education in Tennessee, according to a press release from the state’s governor, Bill Haslam.
The one-time Mr. Michelle Rhee served at TFA in several positions. He’s an alumnus of the program and served as a bilingual teacher in first and second grades. And, he’s the first TFA graduate to become a state superintendent.
As commissioner, Huffman will help implement the state’s $500 million winning Race to the Top bid, including its new teacher-evaluation system.
TFA has about 250 teachers in Tennessee.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.