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Tennessee Commissioner of Education, Dr. Penny Schwinn, Visits Morristown-West

Principal, Dr. Jeffery Kinsler, and Commissioner, Dr. Penny Schwinn
Principal, Dr. Jeffery Kinsler, and Commissioner, Dr. Penny Schwinn

Commissioner, Dr. Penny Schwinn, was sworn into office Feb. 1, 2019 as the Commissioner of Education in Tennessee. Schwinn received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California-Berkeley, and attended John Hopkins University and received her Master in Teaching. Later, Schwinn attended Claremont University and earned her PhD in Education Policy.


Schwinn has held many different positions in education prior to being Commissioner of Education in Tennessee. Her previous positions in education include: Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, and an elected school board member.


Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, Schwinn visited Morristown-West and shared that Tennessee’s students have shown the most growth in English Language Arts and, “some of the highest growth in the country.” She also shared that, “We’re actually one only of three states that are back to pre-pandemic level, so it’s incredible what has happened.”