Estela Lopez, Education board, Connecticut expresses that having Miguel Cardona representing him will be incredibly powerful. Miguel Cardona,1st Latino Education Commissioner of Connecticut will become the country’s next secretary of education, a pick by President-elect Biden. His campaign had earlier promised to pick someone who has experience in the public school system after Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s secretary of education got criticized for being an inexperienced billionaire and endorser of private schools.
If this appointment is confirmed, Miguel would become the 3rd Latino and 2nd Puerto Rican education secretary, following the Obama administration’s John King Jr. and Bush and Reagan administration’s Lauro Cavazos. Miguel is a humble, experienced, and visionary educator capable of leading the Education Department towards excellence and of the wilderness of DeVos.
Estela Lopez broke into tears after hearing about Cardona’s nomination on Tuesday morning. Lopez said that this nomination feels similar to the time when Sonia Sotomayor, Justice got appointed, it is very symbolic and significant for Lopez. Like Sotomayor, Miguel was connected with projects. Miguel didn’t use to speak English when he was in school.
Details About Miguel Cardona
Miguel’s life story has a lot of inspiration to it. Cardona,45, got appointed to Connecticut’s top post in education in 2019 August. Both parents of Miguel Cardona were born in Puerto Rico and Cardona grew up in one housing project happening in Connecticut, Meriden. Miguel used to speak Spanish only while entering Connecticut’s public schools. In 1998 Miguel Cardona came back into the system of public schools as a 4th-grade teacher. At 28, Miguel was the youngest principal of the state following which he became the district assistant superintendent.
Then in 2013, he became the assistant superintendent of learning and teaching. He was also the co-chairperson of the CLAG Task Force and the CBGTL Council. He was the adjunct professor for 4 years at Connecticut University in the Educational Leadership Department. He has a master’s in bicultural and bilingual education and is a doctorate in education.