June 2017 Member Spotlight - Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez

Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez

Superintendent, Proviso Township High Schools District 209, Forest Park, Illinois

Career Highlights & Education: 
I have worked in the public school system in the Midwest region of the U.S. as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Vice-President for Education, regional superintendent, and superintendent of schools.  In addition, I have served as a Board member for the Des Plaines Valley Region and the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children; as well as a member and President for the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE). These leadership experiences have strengthened my ability to be an exemplary leader and demonstrate a record of rigor, achievement, confidence, creativity, and capacity to inspire a professional community of learners. 

As an educational leader, I have developed the ability to establish performance standards and expectations based on a clear vision for success while creating a professional learning environment that is inclusive, collaborative, focused on results, and driven by highly effective instruction.

What I like best about my job: The opportunity to inspire a district’s drive to ensure that all students reach their highest potential, improve academic outcomes, implement formal systems to support effective teaching and leadership for all staff, and promote systems of practice that serve to unify and strengthen teaching and learning.  The ability to work closely with an administration and staff on our mission to seek out innovation, creativity and resourcefulness while remaining rooted in a humanistic and a caring approach to provide educational services for all learners.

The best advice I’ve ever received: “Read, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz 10 times.”

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader: One must remain focused on the mission and vision of the organization with intentional leadership behaviors centered on results.  Furthermore, the establishment of a solid foundation on trust, integrity and values must be used to guide all decisions with the belief that one can achieve organizational purpose by being a visionary leader and most importantly guiding oneself through a solid moral imperative focused on children.
If I ever snuck out of work early, I would probably be found: Spending time with my family and friends.

People would be surprised to know that: I enjoy working on complex mechanical engineering problems and delivering a tangible product.
One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS: ALAS is an extraordinary organization with disciplined leaders driven by disciplined thought.  ALAS leaders promote organizational processes and the delivery of excellent educational services for all students. It is a dedicated organization that advocates for equity by building leadership capacity in leaders.