Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Pedro Rivera was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Secretary of Education in January 2015. He brings extensive experience in public education to Governor Wolf’s cabinet and has spent his entire career helping students. Prior to this, he served as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster from 2008-2015. Under Rivera’s leadership, The School District of Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative teacher observation tools. In 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor. Rivera earned a B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University, and his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.