We were pleased to see Angel Rodriguez, who earned his Ed.S. degree in Brain-Based (BrainSMART) Teaching, featured in a recent article of The Gainesville Times, as he takes on the role of principal at Lyman Hall Elementary in Gainesville, Georgia.
Angel is quoted in the article as calling Lyman his "dream school." The majority of the students at the school are Latino, which reflects Rodriguez's own upbringing as a child growing up with parents from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Much of the student population is learning English as a second language and receiving free or reduced-price lunches, which is exactly the demographic that he wishes to serve.
Prior to coming to Lyman, Angel was an assistant high school principal with Gwinnett County Schools. He had experience in the elementary school level, and he told The Times: "In my heart, I always wanted to come back to elementary."
The fact that the school is located in Hall County is icing on the cake, as it is the desire of Rodriguez and his wife, Tracy, to retire there someday.
Angel's enthusiasm for teaching and education has been known to us for quite some time. We interviewed him for the BrainSMART's publication, Effective Teaching, Successful Students. During the interview, he had a lot to say about encouraging parents to be partners in their children's education by introducing them to the importance of cognitive assets. "Suggesting that parents guide their children to think about their thinking and model and use problem-solving skills may open a while new range of opportunities for family interactions," he said.
Angel also has been quoted in another one of our books, Main, Brain, and Teacher Leadership: Leveraging the POWER of Purposeful Collaboration. At the time, he told us, "What I learned in the BrainSMART program has been invaluable. The work you do is amazing."
Best of luck to Angel as he settles into his new job at Lyman Hall Elementary. You can read the entire article with The Gainesville Times here.