Meet Dr. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools
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Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools, is passionate about quality teaching and learning, compassionate about children, proud of his humble beginnings and devoted to family. Personified by animated dialogue, perpetual motion and thoughtful collegial research, Dr. Quezada moves the agenda of public education in Yonkers, New York, the fourth largest school district in the state serving almost 27,000 students and employing 3,500 staff.
Dr. Quezada embodies the essential characteristics required for a successful educational leader – child-centered, intellect, financial acumen, passion, compassion, communication skills and stamina. The Trustees of the Yonkers Board of Education appointed Dr. Quezada Superintendent of Schools on March 16, 2016 after serving as Deputy Superintendent for two years. Dr. Quezada supervises all functions of the school district’s 39 schools and central administration - teaching and learning, budgetary, human resources, facilities, communications, technology and works with city, state and federal officials.
Under Dr. Quezada’s tutelage in 2017, Yonkers boasted the highest on-time graduation rate, 82%, of New York State’s Big 5 city school districts. Accolades abound for Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiated by Dr. Quezada and launched in 2016, part of the national and New York State movement. Recognized as a model for New York State, the MBK Challenge flourishes through a coalition with City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Nepperhan Community Center Executive Director Rev. Dr. Jim Bostic. Yonkers MBK aims to close the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color through mentoring, academic preparedness and emotional and social skill building; 60 percent of Yonkers Public Schools’ students are Latino descendants. National organizations such as the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the Executive’s Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color and NBA Cares recognize Yonkers MBK’s work.
An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Quezada came to the Bronx, New York in September 1983 at age 15. Completing most of his early education in the Dominican Republic, he graduated from James Monroe High School in 1985 and immediately began his college career at Herbert H. Lehman College completing his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a minor in Secondary Education in 1990. His education continued in 1995 earning a Master's Degree in Counseling from Lehman College, a degree in School Administration/District Supervision from Fordham University in 2000, and a Doctorate in Education from Walden University in 2012.
After only a year in accounting, Dr. Quezada followed his passion for education, and in 1990 chose his alma mater to begin his true life’s work in academia. He began teaching high school accounting and computer applications to students in the regular, bilingual and special education programs. Due to his determination, hard work, and involvement in the school community, Dr. Quezada became the school’s Bilingual coordinator where he was able to demonstrate his leadership skills. Through his work with high need students and their families school counseling was the next logical step in his career path, working at Columbus High School in the Bronx.
In January of 1998, Dr. Quezada joined the Yonkers Public Schools as a Human Relations Facilitator. This position offered him a broad spectrum of opportunities to establish his leadership and counseling skills. Recognized as a mover and shaker, he was encouraged to obtain a degree in school administration. He was appointed assistant principal at Gorton High School in 2000, Principal of Emerson Middle in 2003, and Principal of Lincoln High School in 2004.
Dr. Quezada’s leadership embraces collegial collaboration, a commitment to the work, adherence to deadlines, and most importantly, the need for compassion and total focus on the academic success of children. Through his work at Lincoln High School, he honed his skills, collaboratively working with all stakeholders to construct a school where students are valued, respected, and encouraged to pursue college and their dreams. During his tenure as principal, Lincoln High School received state and local accolades for improving student achievement.
After ten years as a principal, Dr. Quezada was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Administration and Supervision where he worked collaboratively with the Superintendent of Schools to establishing high performing high schools.
Dr. Quezada’s Doctoral study examined extensive research on the correlation between the use of student achievement data and effective instruction. In addition to his formal education, he participated in the Harvard University Principal’s Institute, the College Board Leadership Institute for Principals, and the Efficacy Institute training. The New York State Education Department requested Dr. Quezada’s membership on the Principal Preparation Project Advisory Team that developed standards for building principals as well as the statewide Blue Ribbon Committee tasked with improving educational outcomes for boys and young men of color which resulted in New York being the first state funding My Brother’s Keeper initiatives.
Dr. Quezada’s awards and recognition include:
- Yonkers Commission on Human Rights 2018 Community Service Award
- Dominican Day Parade “Our Youth, Our Future” Ambassador of Education
- University Council for Educational Administration – Excellence in Education Leadership Award
- Asociación Cultural Dominicana de Yonkers Education Award
- United Way Spirit of Westchester and Putnam Collective Impact Award
- Kingdom Christian Cultural Center – Making a Difference Award for Exemplary Service in Education
- Nepperhan Community Center – Outstanding Community Service Award
- CLUSTER Community Spirit Award
- Institute for Latin Studies Illustrious Award
- Lehman Urban Teacher Education Award
- New York State Theater Education Administrator of the Year Award
- Yonkers Public Schools Administrator of the Year
Dr. Edwin Quezada is married to Gladys, a Yonkers teacher and together they have two children Edwin Joseph and Alyssa Marie.