Rachel Monarrez speaking on stage

Dr. Rachel H. Monárrez, Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, addresses an audience from the stage of Worcester Technical High School during the WPS Gathering for Excellence in January 2024. (Photo by Reba Saldanha)

About the Superintendent

Rachel H. Monárrez, Ph.D., believes in the possibility of every child, and this approach guides her daily interactions as Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools.

Now entering her third decade working in education, Dr. Monárrez holds a vast knowledge base for academic excellence, professional development, and collaborative practices. Rachel has served as a teacher, school principal, director of English learner programs and special education, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. 

As a social justice champion, she works collaboratively with all stakeholders to foster a culture of equity, academic excellence and high expectations for all learners. Her favorite quote is: "Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible."

Dr. Monárrez was named one of 25 Superintendents to Watch nationally in 2023-24 by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for her commitment to communications and family engagement.

Dr. Monárrez received a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of California Irvine, a Masters of Arts in Education and Ph.D. with an emphasis on urban education from Claremont Graduate University. She is the proud mother of Natalee, an emerging writer, teacher, and poet, and married to Jesus Monárrez, a retired educator.

Rachel Monárrez

Rachel H. Monárrez, PhD

20 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-799-3115
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