Secretary of Education
Pedro A. Rivera
Pedro A. Rivera was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as
the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the state
Senate in June 2015.
He most recently served as Superintendent of The School District of
Lancaster, a position he held 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. These initiatives resulted in an increased
graduation rate, notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency
scores, and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in
programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation
In September 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.
He brings extensive experience in public education to his role as a member of
Governor Wolf's cabinet and has spent his entire career helping students. Prior
to serving as superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, he served as a
classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers,
assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District
Rivera is a first generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of
Science 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.
Rivera was raised in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and
resides in Lancaster with his wife Erika, son Lucas and daughter