Dr. Alex Marrero, a school administrator with a record of helping to increase graduation rates and improve schools, was hired Tuesday to be the City School District of New Rochelle’s next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Currently the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in the East Ramapo Central School District, Dr. Marrero will begin his New Rochelle position on Jan. 21, 2020. The New Rochelle Board of Education approved his appointment at its meeting in New Rochelle High School.
“Dr. Marrero will serve as an integral part of my Cabinet and will help me fulfill my vision for excellence and access to a rigorous education for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo. “His proven ability to analyze data and implement strategies to address gaps in equity and achievement will benefit all students throughout our district.”
Dr. Marrero has distinguished himself in several administrative roles. As an Assistant Principal in the Bronx, he was instrumental in increasing his school’s graduation rate 35 percentage points. Another challenging Bronx school, with Dr. Marrero as Principal, saw its proficiency rate leap 20 percentage points. The improvement elevated that school into “Good Standing” under the federal No Child Left Behind accountability measures.
More recently, Dr. Marrero brought his formula for success to the East Ramapo schools when he joined the district in March 2018. His leadership has helped improve graduation rates and schools’ targeted indicators under federal Every Student Succeeds Act accountability measures.
His life experience, escaping the poverty of his youth with the guidance of educators who cared and the work ethic his mother instilled in him taught him the truth of a bit of wisdom he borrows from Nelson Mandela; “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Dr. Marrero earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a Master’s degree plus several diplomas from Manhattan College. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sage College a holds a certificate in advanced educational leadership from Harvard University.
His awards include 2018 Latino Educator of the Year from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
“Public education is my passion,” he has said. “I have dedicated my entire career to ensuring that every child is given a world-class opportunity to succeed in college and a career of their choice.”