Distinguished Educator Dr. Jaime Aquino
In July 2018, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appointed Dr. Jaime Aquino as a Distinguished Educator to the Rochester City School District.
In November 2018, NYSED released Dr. Aquino’s report, which details 84 recommendations to support and advance District improvements for the Board of Education and District to provide equitable access to high-quality education for all students.
With support and technical assistance from Dr. Aquino, the District responded to the recommendations and submitted a plan to Commissioner Elia for February 8, 2019.
Dr. Aquino will provide updates to Commissioner Elia regarding the District’s progress and submit quarterly reports to the Department of Education.
About Distinguished Educator Dr. Jaime Aquino
Dr. Jaime Aquino was born in the Dominican Republic, where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo. While attending college, he also volunteered to teach literacy to underprivileged children and adults, to work with handicapped children and to work with people with leprosy. These experiences gave him the opportunity to develop sensitivity to social issues such as poverty, hunger, and homelessness.
Upon completing his degree, Dr. Aquino was recruited by the New York City Board of Education as a bilingual teacher. His contributions to the teaching profession were acknowledged in 1990 when he was selected New York State Bilingual Teacher of the Year. Teaching in the public schools allowed Dr. Aquino to confirm that it was in the field of education that he found his greatest satisfaction. Dr. Aquino, thus, decided to further his professional training by pursuing graduate study in education. Jaime received both his Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Fordham University. His master’s degree is in bilingual education and his doctoral degree is in curriculum and teaching with a specialty in language, learning and literacy.
Dr. Aquino also held top leadership positions in several districts. He served as deputy superintendent of instruction for Los Angeles Unified School District, where he was responsible for overseeing the local district superintendents, teaching and learning, special education, early childhood, adult education, and parent and community engagement. Aquino also served as the Chief Academic Officer in Denver, where he was responsible for implementing a reform agenda that led to record gains in student achievement. In New York City, Dr. Aquino served in many capacities. In addition to being a teacher, he was also a mathematics and science staff developer, a mathematics coordinator, a director of bilingual education programs, a curriculum writer, Deputy Executive Director for the Division of Instructional Support and Local Instructional Superintendent. Dr. Aquino also served as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Hartford Public Schools. During his tenure in these four districts, he implemented an instructional reform agenda that led to significant gains in student achievement.
Dr. Aquino served as the General Manager for the East Region of America’s Choice. In this role he was responsible for twenty states and the District of Columbia. In addition to managing the delivery of contractual services across the region, Dr. Aquino led business development efforts, oversaw the regional budget, and supervised senior staff to assure high quality service to clients and ensured improved student outcomes.
Most recently, Aquino served as the Chief Program Officer of New Leaders, non-profit organization that aims to recruit and train school leaders who focus on improving education results for poor and minority students.
Currently, Dr. Jaime Aquino was appointed by the New York State Department of Education to assist Rochester leaders as a Distinguished Educator.
Throughout his career, Dr. Aquino has made positive differences, especially by encouraging, supporting and helping students, parents, teachers and administrators achieve their potential. However, Jaime feels that his accomplishments fair no comparison to the blessings and knowledge he has received from his best professors: the children he has had the privilege to serve.