When the election results were clear that Joe Biden would be the next President of the United States, he promised to nominate a cabinet that would reflect America. President-elect Biden has continued with each of his nominations to hold to that promise. When it came to education, Biden made it clear he wanted a Secretary who had experience in the classroom. President-Elect Joe Biden wanted the US Department of Education to be led by someone who would know what it was like to be an educator, a far cry from our current Secretary of Education. He also wants all public schools to reopen in the first 100 days of his administration. The person who will lead that initiative will be Dr. Miguel Cardona.
Miguel Cardona is the current Education Chief in Connecticut, a position he has held since 2019. According to his official biography, he has served as both an elementary school teacher and a principal. Cardona will have a lot of work overseeing K-12 and higher education systems and helping with schools’ transition in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before seeing Miguel Cardona’s name on the shortlist of candidates, I did not know much about him. However, I am proud to see President-Elect Biden select someone who comes from the ranks of K-12; he comes from the ranks of teachers, principals, and superintendents. Cardona’s background and experience reflect those of us who have spent our lives in education. I am excited to see an educator leading our nation’s education department.
Only time will tell the impact Cardona will have on undoing many of the previous administration’s policies and how our nation’s schools will recover following the pandemic. All signs point to brighter days, and you can never go wrong when you have the children’s best interest at the center. This mindset is shared by most of us who have spent time in the classroom!