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Roberto Padilla

Dr. Roberto Padilla is the Superintendent of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, New York. He is a life-long educator having been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, coach, professor, and leadership consultant. Padilla was a teacher and principal in New York City and is widely recognized for his leadership in turning around failing schools and supporting school district leaders, both nationally and internationally, on change leadership.

Roberto is committed to placing effective teachers and school leaders in every school. Dr. Padilla was appointed to Harvard University’s Principal Center’s Advisory Board where he also served as a group leader and moderator. He received his doctorate from Fordham University. Padilla is a graduate of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Academy and the AASA Superintendent National Certification Program. Dr. Padilla is a published author and has served on many non-profit Boards and leadership panels throughout his career.

Past AASA New York Superintendent of the Year Winners:

2020 New York Superintendent of the Year: Michael Nagler 

2019 New York Superintendent of the Year: Jason Andrews

About the Superintendent of the Year:

As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public  education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.

About the Award:

The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.

State level winners are selected on the following criteria:

  • Leadership for Learning
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Community Involvement

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