HPS Superintendent Honored as “Woman of Distinction”
In the December issue of Hartford Magazine, HPS Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez is featured among 30 local women “of distinction”. The article, a “salute to 30 exceptional women,” profiles female leaders in business, education, health care, arts, public service, philanthropy, religion and sports.
In her profile, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez is quoted saying that she would define a leader as someone who is “comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
The article describes the Superintendent’s experience moving from Puerto Rico to Hartford at the age of 9, speaking no English. Despite facing barriers and low expectations, she rose to become the leader of the school system she first encountered as a child.
“I ground my work in the challenges that I face every day. I believe so deeply in how important it is that we lift education, especially public education, especially in an urban context in a city like ours,” she told the magazine.
Read the full story in the December issue: https://www.courant.com/hartford-magazine/hc-hm-30-women-of-distinction-20191124-20191121-u6lkg3tgnbampaadoxijs6jhaa-story.html