Dr. Eve Carney is deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), where she oversees divisions focused on school choice; assessment and accountability; school turnaround initiatives; and the Achievement School District. Carney has more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education, both in the classroom and in roles supporting local school districts.

Since joining TDOE in 2008, Carney has administered federal education grants, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). While serving as the executive director of the Office of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring, she concentrated division efforts to emphasize both compliance and positive student outcomes, developing a comprehensive, results-based monitoring protocol for ESEA and IDEA programs. In addition, she served as the state’s lead in developing Tennessee’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

Prior to TDOE, Carney was an English teacher and worked in finance and accounting in the private sector. She holds a doctorate in learning organizations and strategic change from Lipscomb University; a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee; and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University.