Rafael Cordero y Molina [note 1](October, 1790–July 5, 1868), popularly known as Maestro Cordero, was a self-educated Puerto Rican who provided free schooling to the children of his city regardless of race or social standing. He is considered the "Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico". His sister Celestina Cordero established the first school for girls in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2004, the Roman Catholic Church began the process of Cordero's beatification. In 2013, Pope Francis recognized him as Venerable.