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Ministry of Education
The Chilean Education Ministry is the government body responsible for promoting development at all levels of education through a high-quality, humanist, democratic education that is open to the world. It stimulates scientific and technological research, artistic creation, as well as the protection and expansion of the nation’s cultural heritage. Likewise, the institution is called to safeguard the rights of all students at both public and private institutions.
Mr. Figueroa holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Universidad de Los Andes. He taught Commercial Law at the Universidad Católica and Universidad Andrés Bello Law Schools and Introduction to Law at the Universidad del Desarrollo’s School of Economics.
He is the founder and Executive Director of Acción Educar, a research center that seeks to contribute to the discussion of education public policies with a quality system that recognizes and protects the diversity of education projects and the transparency of the system. Mr. Figueroa was the Chief of the Judicial Directorate and Chief of Advisors of the Education Ministry between 2010 and 2014.
He has advised water user organizations and important energy development companies, agriculture companies, real estate developers and construction firms. He has experience in managing civil disputes both extrajudicially and before regular and arbitration courts. He was a member of the National Chamber of Commerce Judicial Committee.
Mr. Figueroa is married and has five children.
Civil Industrial Engineer, Universidad Católica
Undersecretary Poblete worked at Santiago City Hall from 2002 to 2006. He was responsible for implementing public infrastructure in order to improve security and neighborhood health centers. He later joined the private sector, working to rebuild schools that were severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake.
As Head of the General Education Division during the first administration of President Sebastián Piñera, he led the Shared Support Plan in 2010. The initiative fostered collaborative efforts among students, schools and the Ministry to support teaching for Grades 1 through 4 and to increase student success in Chile’s national education test, the SIMCE .
As Director of the National Board for Student Aid and Scholarships (JUNAEB) in 2012, he focused on improving the institution’s internal management and won the Institutional Excellence Award granted annually by the Senior Public Management System three consecutive times.
He served as General Manager of Le Grand Chic, a company focused on mining with a strong emphasis on safety, social responsibility and care for the environment, until March 2020.
Juan Eduardo Vargas
Mr. Vargas holds a business degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master’s in Philosophy from Universidad de Navarra
During President Sebastián Piñera’s first administration, he served as counselor to the Education Ministry.
As of March 2018, he held the position of chief of the Higher Education Division of the Education Ministry, responsible for the implementation of the Higher Education Undersecretariat.
María Jesús Honorato
Profesora de Ciencias Naturales y Biología, de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Magíster en Filosofía en Universidad de Los Andes, Magíster en Gestión y Calidad en la Educación en Universidad de Los Andes y Magíster en Currículum y Evaluación en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Hasta su nombramiento como Subsecretaria de Educación Parvularia, se desempeñaba como Coordinadora Nacional de Curriculum y Evaluación del Ministerio de Educación, pues posee una amplia trayectoria laboral en el ámbito educacional siendo Directora Fundación Educacional Protectora de la infancia, miembro del Directorio de Fundación Integra, Coordinadora Nacional de Currículum en Mineduc, Directora Académica Corporación Educacional Aptus y Profesora de la Red de colegios Movimiento Apostólico Manquehue.
Educadora experta en gestionar sistemas educativos escolares y universitarios, con vasta experiencia en el diseño e implementación curricular. Lideró el equipo ministerial que elaboró las Bases Curriculares desde el primer año de educación básica y hasta segundo año de educación media, que actualmente se encuentran vigentes y rigen a todos los establecimientos educacionales del país.