Miguel Cardona, who has been approved by the US Senate to serve as the Education Secretary of the US while leading the Department of Education under President Joe Biden, has been the flag bearer of American education and has often reiterated that he wants to do so much for it. 

However, he did not start out easy. Being the son of migrants who moved to Connecticut from Puerto Rico, he spent his life in a public housing project in Meriden, according to Associated Press.

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However, it has always been a gradual yet upward climb for the newly confirmed Education Secretary, with a 64-33 majority. 

Cordona started out his career as a teacher of the fourth grade. At the age of 28, he became the youngest principal. In 2012, he was further honored with the title of Connecticut’s principal of the year. Three years later, he became the assistant superintendent of the district. All of this was finally followed by his appointment as the state’s education commissioner, where he paved the way for many others after becoming the first-ever Latino to hold the crucial position, announced US President Joe Biden’s campaign team while declaring his candidacy for the position of Education Secretary. 

Cardona, who gained attention for his efforts to reopen schools in Connecticut, has vowed to make it his top priority to reopen schools. At his Senate confirmation hearing last month, he said there are “great examples throughout our country of schools that have been able to reopen safely.”

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Cardona, who gained huge popularity and praise after his effective solutions about safely reopening educational institutions in Connecticut in the aftermath of COVID-19, has aligned this task with Biden’s plans to reopen schools across America. 

He said at his Senate hearing, “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that our rollout strategy for reopening schools includes communication on how to safely reopen schools.”