MOHAMMED CHOUDHURY

State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland State Department of Education

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Mohammed Choudhury is state superintendent of schools at the Maryland State Department of Education. Prior to Maryland, he was chief innovation officer at the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. In that capacity, he was responsible for incubating and scaling high-leverage school design and turnaround initiatives aimed at producing the greatest impact on student achievement.

Before his work in San Antonio, Choudhury was interim chief and founding director of the Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. He spearheaded the district’s Public School Choice initiative. The program redesigned existing neighborhood campuses and launched new open-enrollment school models to expand high-quality options for all students, regardless of their academic abilities or geographic constraints. Choudhury perviously served in teacher leadership roles developing and operationalizing successful school turnaround and change-management initiatives within the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was also a Teach Plus teaching policy fellow and an Education Pioneers fellow.

Choudhury began his career in education as a middle school teacher in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. He is a NextGen Network leader at the Pahara-Aspen Institute. He holds a master’s in urban schooling from the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles and was a member of the fourth cohort of the Future Chiefs program.