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SLA COHORT VIII- DR. ALEX MARRERO

Dr. Alex Marrero
Assistant Superintendent
East Ramapo Central School District

Spring Valley, New York
 
What is your current role?
Assistant Superintendent
 
What is the enrollment of your current school district?
9,000
 
What are some of your career highlights?
I have been part of many Educational Leadership Programs, including the Urban School Leadership Program at Harvard University; the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative at Columbia University’s Teachers College; The Center for Creative Leadership; The Executive Leadership Academy; and was an fhi360 and a Middle Start Leadership Fellow. During the summer of 2015, I was invited by the Brazilian Consulate to deliver workshops to their principals and superintendents in Sao Paolo, Rio De Janiero, and El Salvador, Bahia. In 2016, I was honored as the outstanding administrator at the 15th Annual Scholarship Gala for the Latino Caucus of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) and inducted into the New York Academy of Public Education. In 2017, I was the recipient of the Leadership and Excellence in Education Award at the 17th Annual Scholarship Gala of the Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators and in 2018 received the Latino Administrator of the Year award from ALAS.
 
What are you most proud of professionally?
As a Principal in the Bronx, I moved my school from a Local Assistance Plan to a School in Good Standing. As Assistant Superintendent at the East Ramapo Central School District, I helped move 8 schools into Good Standing.
 
What is one of the biggest challenges facing educators today?
Lack of support in the ever-morphing world of accountability. It is for this reason that we need to be part of strong organizations like ALAS so we can be part of a nation-wide network of like-minded, influential leaders.
 
Why is a program like SLA important for Latino educators?
The SLA trains and assist aspiring Latinx superintendents to learn how to lead a school district. The goal is to prepare Latinx school administrators to become superintendents of districts with an emphasis on locations that have a Latinx student population of 25 percent or higher. This is much needed as Latinx superintendents are significantly underrepresented given their ethnic pupil population both nationally and statewide. Only 2 percent of superintendents are categorized as Latinx in the over 14,000 school districts in the United States. The statistics are even lower in my home of New York, as only 1.7% of superintendents are categorized as Latinx. New York’s educator workforce does not come close to representing the rich diversity of the state’s students.