Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education

Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education

Miguel Angel Cardona was born in July 1975 in Meridien, Connecticut. He earned a B.S. in education from Central Connecticut University. He obtained a Master of Science in bilingual and bicultural education at the University of Connecticut and also obtained a Doctor of Education from that institution.

He began his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Connecticut. Over time, he was promoted and made the youngest principal in the state’s history. He served as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in his hometown. He was also an adjunct professor of education in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Educational Leadership. He was appointed by the state’s governor to be Commissioner of Education, the first Latino to hold that position.

President Joe Biden nominated Cardona to be Secretary of Education. After a cloture vote, he was confirmed by the Senate and assumed office on March 1, 2021.

Cardona is married to Marissa Perez, and they have two children.

In the News…

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has expressed concerns over the conflicts that have occurred at local school board meetings.

“I’ve been in education, you know, about 25 years. Not including the time I was in higher ed as a student. I’ve never seen it where it is now,” Secretary Cardona said. “There was civility. We could disagree. We could have healthy conversations around what’s best for kids,” he said. “I respect differences of opinion. I don’t have too much respect for people that are misbehaving in public and then acting as if they know what’s right for kids.”

The education secretary said. “There’s a team that’s fighting for kids and a team that’s fighting against kids.”   

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Secretary Cardona today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Miguel Cardona, Secretary
Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202


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