TDOE Welcomes Lizzette Reynolds as Tennessee Commissioner of Education

Thursday, July 06, 2023 | 10:00am

Nashville, TN— Last week, Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds was sworn in as the commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education, effective July 1. Reynolds’ career reflects a deep commitment to high quality education for all students, including work in school choice, assessment and accountability, college and career pathways, and education policy.  To view photos of the swearing in ceremony, click here.

“I am excited and humbled by having the opportunity to serve Tennessee’s families to ensure they get the best possible education for their children,” said Commissioner Reynolds. “I look forward to meeting with educators, families, elected officials, and stakeholders throughout the state and continuing the great work already happening on behalf of kids in Tennessee.”

Reynolds previously served as the Vice President of Policy for ExcelinEd. She has also served as Deputy Legislative Director for then-Governor George W. Bush, Special Assistant in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs for U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Regional Representative for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, and Chief Deputy Commissioner at the Texas Education Agency.  

She earned her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University. She is married to David Reynolds and has three children, Luke, Lillianna, and Joaquin. 

The swearing in ceremony follows Governor Bill Lee’s appointment of Commissioner Reynolds in May.