Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez currently serves as the Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. She has been committed to education in Greater Hartford for over two decades. Deeply rooted commitments guide her to continuous learning and to building leadership capacity in herself and others while collaborating to accelerate educational outcomes for every student.
Dr. Torres-Rodriguez began her career in education at the San Juan Tutorial Program, Inc. in 1995. During her five-year tenure there she supported the community agency in offering year-round academic intervention and enrichment programs to Hartford Public Schools students and provided organizational leadership as Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director.
As a school turnaround expert with a passion for educational equity, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez served as Principal of Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College, Principal of CREC Public Safety Academy in Enfield, and Associate Program Coordinator at the Connecticut Center for School Change where she developed and facilitated programming for a community of practice of 26 turnaround Principals across the state.
Dr. Torres-Rodriguez also taught social and behavioral science at Capital Community College. She served students and families at Goodwin Technical High School as a School Social Worker. She has held positions of increasing responsibility and complexity including Assistant Principal, Principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Acting Superintendent.
Prior to her appointment as Acting Superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez was the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership within Hartford Public Schools, where she provided culturally courageous leadership to support the comprehensive improvement efforts of a network of eleven schools.
A proud graduate of Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and she earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.