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Biography of Lisa Ramirez
Director, Office of Migrant Education

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As the Director of Migrant Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Lisa R. Ramírez brings a unique combination of personal and professional experiences to help improve the academic success of migrant students across the country.

A daughter of migrant workers and a former migrant worker herself, Dr. Ramírez left the fields to serve in the United States Army Reserves. She financed much of her college education through the GI Bill and began her career as an educator in 1992, first as a middle and high school teacher in English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Texas, then serving as an assistant principal and principal. In 2004, Dr. Ramírez took on the challenge of opening the Lubbock Independent School District’s first charter campus, the Ramirez Charter School. She successfully led all aspects of the new school, from writing and evaluating grant applications, to selecting and training a new staff, to building an effective learning community for students and staff.

Dr. Ramírez joined the U.S. Department of Education in 2006, when she was appointed group leader for the discretionary grants team, which plans and coordinates the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and the Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) program. In her current role as director of the Office of Migrant Education, she manages a staff of 20 and leads the planning and coordination of all aspects of the migrant education program office, including grant and contract administration, policy, evaluation, and special initiatives.

Born in Chicago, but a true Texan at heart, Dr. Ramírez received her B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees from Texas Tech University. She is an alumna of an Executive Leadership program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Ramírez enjoys cycling, hiking, and writing. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Alexandria, Virginia.

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