Distinguished Educator Talent Pool


March 21, 2019


Distinguished Educator Talent Pool




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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) would like to invite school and district leaders to recommend distinguished classroom teachers, specialists, and/or principals to be included in the Texas Distinguished Educator Talent Pool. These educators may be considered for membership to advisory boards and task forces, as well inclusion in special recognition programs.

We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking, however, is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional leadership ability. Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and an inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues, and community. 

Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, succinct, and specific information for the candidate(s) you recommend to the Distinguished Educator Talent Pool. Candidates must be building-level personnel who have at least five years of experience in education. Of special interest are educators who are outstanding and have not received other recognition. For each individual you recommend, please complete:

(1) The Distinguished Educator Talent Pool Survey (click here to access)
(2) A one-page narrative letter of recommendation (directions to upload at the link above) 
(3) If possible, a resume of the candidate (directions to upload at the link above)

Please note that candidates will not be considered for the talent pool if missing items one or two on the list above. We ask that you keep this recommendation CONFIDENTIAL and do not share it with the individual or collaborate with a colleague to complete the recommendation. Please submit the Distinguished Educator Talent Pool Survey (including additional documents) by April 28, 2019.

We look forward to working with you as we continue our efforts to recognize the distinguished educators in the state. For more information, please contact Allison Friedlander.


Martin Winchester
Deputy Commissioner for Educator and System Support
Texas Education Agency