New Education secretary-designate drawn from agency’s ranks

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Thursday the appointment of Magaly Rivera Rivera as secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

“Dr. Rivera Rivera’s ability, her human quality and her commitment to the education of our children are evidenced in her long career in the Department of Education,” the governor said in a written statement. “For this government the education of our boys and girls is a priority.

With this designation I am, once again, acting with a sense of urgency and ensuring that the Department of Education has a person with the qualities and qualifications necessary to promote all the projects and common goals that we have in the education of those who are the future of our island.”

He added that “given the importance and responsibility that our Constitution imposes on us to educate the next generations, I hope that this appointment will be attended to with the greatest urgency and diligence.”

Pierluisi said Rivera Rivera has more than 30 years of experience in the educational system and has knowledge in the teaching, non-teaching and administrative areas. In addition, her background includes having worked with budgets and state and federal funds, mastery of collective bargaining and knowledge of curriculum.

The designee’s work experience, since 1984, includes having worked as a regional director, state superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent of schools, director of schools and intermediate level Spanish teacher.

Rivera Rivera has a doctorate degree in school administration, a master’s degree in education with a specialty in Spanish curriculum, a second master’s degree in education with a specialty in administration and supervision, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

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