January 2016 Member Spotlight - Dr. Gonzalo S. La Cava
Dr. Gonzalo S. La Cava
Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
ALAS Superintendent Leadership Academy Alum, Cohort III
Career Highlights & Education: In 1997, I became the first member of my family to graduate from a University in the United States. I earned my B.S. degree in the field of Exceptional Child Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and later received a M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCF.
As an educator for 19 years, I have served children as a Special Education Teacher, Principal, Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Area Superintendent in Florida and Georgia. As an Area Superintendent, I lead more than 20,000 urban and suburban public school students in 18 schools in Fulton County, in Atlanta, Georgia. My proudest moments as an educator include being recognized as a White House ‘Champion of Change’ and receiving the UCF Professional Achievement Award for improving the performance of students from diverse backgrounds.
I also had the honor to establish and serve as the president of the Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Today, I am an active board member of this great and growing organization.
What I like best about my job: As an Area Superintendent, I have the opportunity to work with very talented and committed leaders that are passionate about making a difference in the lives of all students and ensuring that they are prepared for the world of tomorrow.
The best advice I’ve ever received: When you are making major decisions, first make sure they are good for kids.
Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader: To achieve your goals, build and sustain strong relationships with everyone involved in educating children!
If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found: Spending time with my wife while we attend my daughter’s tennis match or my son’s soccer practice.
People would be surprised to know that: I love to go camping with my family in my pop up trailer.
One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS: There are many challenges in public education, but ALAS is developing a nationwide network of courageous leaders that are willing to address current issues and work collaboratively to develop innovative ideas that will make a difference in the lives of Latino students today and in the future.