Richard Carranza ‘97
College of Education
Richard Carranza is a proud result of NAU’s long standing tradition to prepare top educators. Carranza, who began his career as a teacher in Tucson, is now in charge of the largest school system in the country. And if that isn’t impressive enough, he’s also been inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame.
When Carranza entered kindergarten in Tucson, he did not speak English. By the second grade, he was fluent and on his way to becoming a staunch advocate of bilingual education. He received his MEd from NAU, and his career trajectory included serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. As superintendent in San Francisco, Carranza significantly raised graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students. As superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, he led the complex effort to re-open schools after Hurricane Harvey. In March, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio named Carranza, Schools Chancellor for the city’s schools and their 1.1 million students.
“Richard Carranza understands the power of public education to change lives, and he has a proven record of strengthening public schools and lifting up students and families,” said Mayor de Blasio upon Carranza’s appointment.