OUR DISTRICT: Board of Education Approves Selection of Leslie Torres-Rodriguez as Acting Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools
On Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 the Hartford Board of Education voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez as Acting Superintendent, effective December 9.Dr. Torres-Rodriguez graduated from Hartford Public High School. She most recently served as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership, overseeing improvement efforts for a network of 11 Hartford schools.
Dr. Torres-Rodriquez is a graduate of Hartford Public Schools, earned Bachelor in Human Development and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Connecticut, and received a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. Her commitment to education in the Greater Hartford area spans over 20 years.
“I am fully dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all of our children and youth. We have made progress in the district with improvements in graduation rates, reductions in chronic absenteeism and suspensions and growth in 9th grade algebra and 3rd grade reading. Yet, we have more work to do. As a leader, I am guided by deeply-rooted commitments to continuous learning, and to building leadership capacity in myself and others,” said Dr. Torres-Rodriguez.
Current Superintendent Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez will step down on December 8 to take the position of Chief of Instructional Leadership Development with the United States Department of Defense Schools based in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Torres-Rodriquez began her work in education in 1995 at the San Juan Tutorial Program, Inc., a non-profit community agency providing year-round academic intervention and enrichment programs to Hartford Public Schools students. During her five-year tenure she served in several leadership roles including assistant director and interim executive director. She taught social and behavioral science at Capital Community College from 2001 through 2007. She has also served as a social worker at Goodwin Technical High School; assistant principal and Freshmen Academy principal at Manchester High School; Principal of Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College; and Principal of CREC Public Safety Academy in Enfield. At the Connecticut Center for School Change, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez served as LEAD CT Associate Program Coordinator, where she developed and facilitated programming focused on turnaround and transformational leadership for a community of practice of 26 Connecticut principals.
The Board of Education has formed a Superintendent Search Committee for the designation of a permanent superintendent. Applications are due on December 16, 2016.