Texas born lifelong educator, Ervin Knezek, Ed. D, is Founder, Chief Education Officer, and Teacher at lead4ward. Ervin works with educators at all levels in designing and implementing learning systems to meet ever-increasing standards for students. A driving force in supporting what is best for Texas students, Ervin is regarded as one of the leading visionaries in Texas education. He has inspired and motivated educators throughout Texas with his creative and strategic approaches.

Prior to leading lead4ward, Ervin served as Deputy Executive Director for Academic Services for the Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin. He has also served as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, a curriculum director, an elementary and middle school principal, and a classroom teacher. He believes deeply in the capacity of those he teaches to make a difference in the lives of children.