Samantha Aigner-Treworgy

Congratulations to Samantha Aigner-Treworgy.

She has been chosen as the new commissioner of Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care.

Aigner-Treworgy will leave her job as chief of early learning for the City of Chicago and start her new job later this summer.

“I look forward to working with Ms. Aigner-Treworgy as the next commissioner. She brings a depth of experience in early education that will benefit child care providers and preschools, as well as children and their families across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser says in a press release.

“Ms. Aigner-Treworgy is highly qualified to head the department at this critical juncture, leading to even greater impact and supporting positive outcomes for all young children served, including our most vulnerable,” Early Education and Care Board Chair Nonie Lesaux also says in the press release.

Aigner-Treworgy says of her new job, “I have spent my career working to improve the lives of young children and families across the country, and I couldn’t be more excited to come back to my home state to build on the great foundation and legacy of early childhood leadership in Massachusetts.”

Aigner-Treworgy is replacing Tom Weber whom we’d like to think for his hard work and dedication to children, families, and the state’s early educators. Weber will step down at the end of this month, and Secretary Peyser will be the interim commissioner until Aigner-Treworgy starts.

We look forward to welcoming Aigner-Treworgy when she arrives. In addition to her impressive administrative work, she has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She will also bring the skills she learned in Evanston, Ill., where she once worked as a pre-K teacher.