Lucia Azzolina is Minister of Public Education in the Conte II Cabinet since 10 January 2020.
Lucia Azzolina attended the “Leonardo da Vinci” high school in Floridia, then she graduated in History of Philosophy at the University of Catania. She then attended the School of Specialization in secondary education (SSIS), for the qualification to teach history and philosophy.
After passing the final SSIS exam, she started teaching in the high schools of La Spezia and Sarzana. She obtained a specialization in teaching support at the University of Pisa. She then enrolled in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pavia, where she graduated in December 2013 with a thesis on administrative law, teaching simultaneously in the schools. In January 2014, she became a tenured teacher at the I.I.S “Quintino Sella” in Biella. After graduating in Law, she carried out forensic practice dealing with school law.
For several years she was active within the ANIEF (National Association of Teachers and Trainers), first in Piedmont, and then operating in Lombardy. After resigning from the union, she returned to teach in 2017 at the I.I.S “Quintino Sella” in Biella, joining the staff of the school management.
On 13 September 2019 she was appointed Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Education, University and Research in the Conte II Government. On 28 December 2019, following the resignation of Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced her imminent appointment as Minister of Public Education. On 10 January 2020 she was sworn in and officially took office.