The White House recently announced that Eduardo Padrόn, President of Miami Dade College, will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in making higher education more accessible and inclusive. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, given to those that change the country for the better.
Miami Dade College has more minority students and more minority graduates than any other institution in the United States. Padrόn has served as chairman of the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and represented the U.S. at UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re thrilled to see an educator among this year’s 21 medal recipients, especially since he’s being recognized for his commitment to making quality education accessible to everyone. We hope this is a step toward giving teachers the respect they deserve!