Debora Carrera is a passionate education leader with extensive experience in the field, poised to take on new roles in city government. She will serve as the new Director of Education for Philadelphia.
Carrera has dedicated herself to systemic and collaborative development for many years, implementing high-quality instructions that promote student growth and ongoing performance. The distinguished Latina leader, who has worked in the school district for over 27 years, aims to make significant strides in improving city schools. “I will ensure that all decisions we make are in the best interest of all our students,” she stated.
During her introduction as the new director, Carrera pledged to focus on school modernization, year-round schooling, and other educational initiatives promoted by Mayor Cherelle Parker’s administration. “I am passionate about ensuring that every student I am responsible for receives a quality education and a high-functioning educational system. They will always be my priority as Director of Education,” Carrera said.
She also served on the Mayor’s Transition Committee as a member of the education subcommittee, ensuring a smooth transition to City Hall. Throughout her exemplary tenure in the school district, Carrera rose from teacher to principal and then to assistant superintendent. She also held various high-level positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Regarding her professional background, she holds a Bachelor of Science from Temple University, a Master’s in Leadership and Administration from Saint Joseph’s University, and a doctorate in the same field from Gwynedd Mercy University. Her outstanding career has been recognized with the Star Alumnus Eddy Award, which acknowledges outstanding commitment to public education by individuals, organizations, and businesses. She also received the Lindback Distinguished Principal Leadership Award.
Carrera, a champion for children and families, will be responsible for leading and implementing Mayor Parker’s educational vision and agenda, which includes year-round opportunities for children, meaningful extracurricular programs, and preparing strategies for school building modernization in partnership with the school district.
Parker, who continues to strengthen her staff, also appointed other city officials, all women, to lead other positions. Carrera will be supported by the new Deputy Director of Education for the district, Sharon Ward, who previously served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Education Law Center and also headed former Governor Tom Wolf’s budget office.
She also appointed a new City Representative and Director of Special Events for the Representative’s Office, a new Commissioner for the Department of Streets, and a new Commissioner of Sanitation.
Jazelle Jones will serve as the City Representative and Director of Special Events for the Representative’s Office, while Kristin Del Rossi will be the new Commissioner of the Department of Streets, and Crystal Jacob Shipman will be the new Commissioner of Sanitation for the city.