Monique Carranza is the proud and supportive wife of Houston Independent School District Superintendent turned chancellor of NY City’s Department of Education, Richard Carranza.
Estela’s hubby was nominated to serve as the head of New York City’s public schools, the nation’s largest school system by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Carranza was named superintendent of the Houston Independent School District in August 2016. Prior to that, he worked as superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District for four years. He’s also worked in Tucson and Las Vegas.
According to the HISD website, he is a fluent Spanish-speaker, lifelong educator, and accomplished mariachi musician. He has served as a bilingual classroom teacher, a campus principal, and a senior-level administrator.
He earned a bachelor of arts in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona and a master of education with distinction in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He also completed his doctoral coursework through Northern Arizona University.
He and his lovely wife Monique Carranza have been together for several years. She was born Monique Suzanne Garcia and hails from California. She has two sisters and her mother’s name is Maria Garcia. Her mother lives in Rowland Heights, California and worked at Center for the Collaborative Classroom.
The couple tied the knot after Richard took the job as Houston’s Superintendent –after a few years of relationship.
Monique Carranza is easily her husband’s biggest fan and supporter, during an interview for Fox, she said about her then future husband:
He is the type of person you can go up to when you see him in a store, or when you see him at dinner, and he will stop what he’s doing. You are the most important person in the room to him.”
Monique Carranza has been involved in her husband’s work. At the end of 2017, the couple visited several public K-12 schools in Taiwan as distinguished guests of the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.