Deputy Commissioner, Educator and System Support
Texas Education Agency
Kelvey Oeser is the Deputy Commissioner of Educator and System Support at the Texas Education Agency where she serves as a Cabinet-level leader and leads statewide initiatives focused on recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals and on supporting school systems to innovate and continuously improve in order to serve the 5.5 million public school students in Texas. Prior to her current role, Kelvey was the Chief of Networks at Leading Educators, where she led the network strategy and partnerships with school systems across the country focused on reinventing professional development for teachers. Kelvey has also served as a Partner at TNTP where she led the organization’s work in Texas focused on recruiting, training and supporting great teachers and school leaders, and she has served as the national Vice President of Staff Training Design at Teach for America where she led a team of designers who created leadership and staff development opportunities for 800+ instructional staff members across the country. In 2006, Kelvey helped launch the Texas STEM Initiative and managed grant programs focused on redesigning high schools serving low-income communities as part of the Texas High School project, a public-private partnership between the Texas Education Agency and several national philanthropic organizations. A graduate of Emory University, Kelvey began her career as a middle school English teacher in East Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Kelvey also served as a founding board member of Montessori for All, Austin’s first public Montessori school. Kelvey lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, and her dog.