Education & Music
Richard A. Carranza graduated from Pueblo High School in 1984. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona in 1991. He earned his Master of Education in 1997 and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2004 from Northern Arizona University. Richard returned to Pueblo Magnet High in 1991 as a Bilingual Social Studies teacher.
In 1992, he founded the elite group Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo as a curricular component within the school. By 1999 he made the Tucson Citizen’s “Twenty Most Influential Tucsonans in Music”. In 2002, promoted from Assistant Principal he became Pueblo’s Principal. That year he received the Administrator of the Year award by Luz Social Services of Southern Arizona.
In 2004, Richard served as Principal in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas before being named the district’s Region Superintendent in 2007. In 2009, Richard was named Deputy Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District and was named its Superintendent in 2012.
In 2015, the Association of California School Administrators named him Region 5’s Superintendent of the Year. Education Week listed with the National Leaders To Learn From. Richard was also invited to the White House’s Roosevelt Room for a sit-down with President Barack Obama. The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded him the Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000. He is member on the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future and on the National Executive Committee for the American Association of School Administrators.