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Cabinet Profiles: Miguel Cardona: Secretary Of Education

The hearings for President Joe Biden‘s Cabinet nominations continue today.

We will hear testimony from his picks to lead all of his cabinet positions over the next several weeks. We will profile the nominees in advance of their hearings so our readers will have some background information as the proceedings take place.

In addition, most of the hearings will be live-streamed, and we will share that information on our Twitter feed once the hearings go live.

 

Miguel Cardona

Secretary Of Education

  • A former fourth-grade public school teacher who became the youngest principal in the state, and later, an assistant superintendent of schools in his hometown of Meriden, Connecticut
  • As Connecticut education commissioner, his leadership helped make Connecticut the first state in the nation to ensure that every one of its public school students has a laptop and a high-speed internet connection to engage in remote learning

Dr. Miguel A. Cardona was appointed Commissioner of Education in Conneticut by Governor Ned Lamont in August 2019. Dr. Cardona has two decades of experience as a public school educator from the city of Meriden.

He began his career as an elementary school teacher and then served as a school principal for 10 years. Miguel transitioned to the central office to lead the work of performance and evaluation in the district. In 2013, he assumed the role of assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

Dr. Cardona served as the co-chairperson of the Connecticut Legislative Achievement Gap Task Force as well as co-chairperson of the Connecticut Birth to Grade Three Leaders Council.

He also taught for four years as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Dr. Cardona attended Meriden Public Schools and graduated from Wilcox Technical High School. Miguel attended Central Connecticut State University for his bachelor’s degree and UConn, where he completed his master’s in bilingual/bicultural education, Administrator Preparation Program, doctorate in Education, and Executive Leadership Program (superintendent) certificate.

A lifelong Meriden resident and product of its public schools, Miguel is very active in his community, having served or currently serving on several non-profit charitable organization boards of directors.

 

 

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