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September 2020

New Rochelle Schools Hire Elementary Education Director

Carlos X. Leal, an educator with 23 years of experience as a teacher, principal and districtwide administrator, was hired tonight to fill the newly created position of Director of Elementary Education in the City School District of New Rochelle.


The New Rochelle Board of Education hired Leal during tonight’s board meeting, selecting a professional whose experience includes running an award-winning magnet school in Connecticut, and districtwide positions in the Rochester, New York school system. He will begin his position in New Rochelle on August 14, reporting to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Alex Marrero.


“As a key member of my Instructional Leadership Team, Carlos Leal, will collaborate with other district administrators and Directors to provide strategic direction and implement systemic improvement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, social-emotional development and other school improvement initiatives,” Dr. Marrero said.


Leal will focus on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for traditionally underserved students, ensuring equity in elementary services and cultivating diversity in leadership positions. He will also be instrumental in providing professional development to the elementary faculty, principals, assistant principals and others.

“Mr. Leal stood out as the prime candidate because of his effective supervisory experience and award-winning experience as an elementary school principal,” Dr. Marrero said.


An experienced manager and instructional leader, Leal is looking forward to working in partnership with the principals of the seven elementary schools to help them realize their visions for their schools.


“I was drawn to New Rochelle because of the well-known diversity in the District and the opportunity to contribute to a community that shares my values – high-quality education, equity in opportunity and above all, exposing students to the possibilities that an education provides,” he said.


For five years, he has served as the Principal of the Nathan Hall Arts Magnet School in New London, Connecticut. Focusing on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), the school has integrated restorative and culturally responsive practices into the daily education and operations. With Leal at the helm, the school earned the Magnet Schools of America’s Magnet School of Excellence Award last year and Magnet School of Distinction Award this year.


His career in education began with a teaching position in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas in 1995. He later served 17 years in Rochester, including as the instructional director of the Office of Professional Learning, overseeing professional development for the district of 28,000 students and almost 2,500 teachers. He also served as a teacher and elementary assistant principal in Rochester.


Among his accolades, he earned the 2019 Exceptional Principal Award from the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.


“Mr. Leal has the experience we need and he shares our values,” said Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo. “We are confident that he will be an effective administrator, unifying excellence across schools and helping to ensure that all students are provided with access to excellent educational opportunities from the day they enter our schools.”