Pedro A. Rivera


Pedro A. Rivera Mr. Rivera has served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education since 2015, before which he was Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster from 2008 to 2015. Under Mr. Rivera's leadership, Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan and innovative classroom observation tools. These initiatives resulted increased the graduation rate; made notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency scores; and enhanced levels of participation by high-performing students in programs that prepare them for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Mr. Rivera’s past positions include classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.

In 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education. He was one of 10 recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor. Mr. Rivera is a North Philadelphia native and first-generation college graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in education administration from Cheyney University, and a Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.