Gray Fellow 2020-21
Luis is devoted to ensuring that all students receive the highest quality education within an academically rigorous and culturally responsive setting. He has dedicated his career to educational equity, particularly for bilingual children and their families. After graduating from Yale University, Luis started his career in the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual teacher with Teach for America. As a graduate of the Bank Street College Bilingual/ENL Teacher Leader Academy (BETLA), he coached teachers and led ELL professional development at his elementary school in The Bronx. After graduating from the Summer Principals’ Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University, Luis became Director of English Language Learners and Family Engagement for a majority of schools in District 6 and 11. In this capacity, he provided daily coaching and supervisory support at a macro-level to a cadre of ELL liaisons and parent coordinators, building capacity to support a network of 35 schools, impacting over a 1000 multilingual learners. In 2015, Luis joined the Bronx Field Support Center (BFSC) as an ELL Services Administrator for District 9. During his time at the BFSC from 2015-17, he was responsible for addressing the instructional needs of the District 9 bilingual/ESL teachers as well as district- and school-level goals, assessments and professional development plans. As an Assistant Principal at Public School 73 in The Bronx, he helped strengthen the dual language program and improve literacy outcomes. Currently, as an Elementary School Principal at Public School 126X, he continues to lead for equity and systemic change. Luis is also an adjunct professor for bilingual education at Hunter, the City College of New York City, and Bank Street College of Education.
In the many roles that he has served, Luis has always been committed to educational excellence and advocacy for multilingual learners.