Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction

Lonny J. Rivera became Ohio’s interim superintendent of public instruction on Jan. 1, 2016. Dr. Rivera began his career as a special education teacher and served as a principal and district superintendent before leading the Ohio Department of Education’s Division of Accountability and the Teaching Profession. In that post, he oversees the state’s annual school and district report cards, improvement for troubled schools and the licensing of Ohio teachers.

Dr. Rivera believes Ohio schools should have high expectations for all students. He expects schools to provide the high quality of teaching and support that will enable students of every race, income group and ability level to achieve. Much of his career effort has focused on helping educators improve and school administrators lead more effective schools.  

Dr. Rivera began his career in Toledo Public Schools and served as a principal of elementary and intermediate schools before becoming chief of staff for Toledo Public Schools. He left that post to become superintendent of Oregon City Schools, where he served for two years before being recruited by the Ohio Department of Education. 

Dr. Rivera attended undergraduate school at the University of Toledo and Cleveland State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Cleveland State. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from the University of Toledo. Dr. Rivera remains licensed as a special education teacher and school district superintendent. 

Contact Information

877-644-6338
superintendent@education.ohio.gov

Last Modified: 1/4/2016 9:03:45 AM