Mohammed Choudhury, State Superintendent of Schools

Mohammed Choudhury State Superintendent of SchoolsMr. Mohammed Choudhury became State Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2021. Before joining MSDE, Mr. Choudhury was the Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). Tirelessly working to increase opportunities and improve achievement rates for students disproportionately affected by systemic barriers, Choudhury is recognized for co-leading the transformation of San Antonio’s large school system, where 90% of students are economically-disadvantaged. He developed a new system to combat inequity in the San Antonio Independent School district – boosting the district from one of the lowest performing to the fastest-improving large district in Texas.

Choudhury cites the following initiatives as the driving forces for this success: implementing an innovative poverty tracker to assess and address student needs in the district’s poorest communities; expanding options for families by launching innovative, high-performing school models that serve all students; and recruiting and retaining master teachers at chronically underperforming schools. San Antonio’s success has helped transform the way Texas examines poverty and funds public schools with Choudhury’s work scaled to benefit more than 5.4 million students across the state.

Prior to leading this transformation of SAISD, Mr. Choudhury was an educator in Los Angeles. He then moved to Texas, creating the Office of Transformation and Innovation for the Dallas Independent School District, which improved student performance by empowering principals and teachers.

Mr. Choudhury is a nationally-recognized leader in education and accelerating student achievement. He is an alum of Education Pioneers, an organization that ensures talent and leadership in public education. In 2018, Education Week profiled Choudhury as a “Leader to Learn From,” one of 12 exceptional school system leaders recognized nationally for impacting student and teacher success. Choudhury is a member of the Chiefs for Change Future Chief program, a highly selective, nationally-based leadership development program that prepares the next generation of state and district education leaders. He attended California State University, Northridge for his bachelor’s degree and holds a master’s in urban education and leadership from UCLA.

A first-generation American as the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, Mr. Choudhury is a native of a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles, and his passion for education began with his diverse and engaging experiences there.