The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has appointed a Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Special Education (BSE). Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez was recommended and has accepted the bureau chief position. It is anticipated that Dr. Rodriguez will join the Department in late March.
In year 30 as an educator, Dr. Rodriguez began her career as a special education teacher in the Springfield, Massachusetts public schools before being promoted as a supervisor of special education in that district. After nine years in the Springfield school system, Dr. Rodriquez worked in Northampton, Massachusetts public schools, first as the director of pupil services for 10 years and then as superintendent of schools for six years. Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as the superintendent of schools for the Granby, Massachusetts public schools, a position she has held since January 2011.
As superintendent, Dr. Rodriguez has presented on issues related to special education, English learners, teaching strategies, and school committee relations and budgeting at state and regional conferences. She has also held various adjunct faculty positions in education and for the past six years with the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has served on many state advisory committees and has represented the Massachusetts’ superintendents at the state level on the executive board of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and as Massachusetts’ national representative of the Association of School Superintendents.
Dr. Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience to the CSDE and Connecticut in the role of state director for special education and chief of the BSE. In addition to her considerable knowledge in the area of special education, Dr. Rodriguez has led systemwide school change efforts to raise the achievement levels of all students, including students with disabilities and other student populations. In her administrative positions, Dr. Rodriguez has consistently demonstrated a collaborative, inclusive approach and has proven to be a highly effective educational leader. She supports Connecticut’s current reform efforts and will be a welcome member of the CSDE management team.