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Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small Announces Executive Cabinet Appointments


Melody Martinez-Davis Appointed Deputy Superintendent for Student Support Services

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Melody Martinez-Davis as Deputy Superintendent for Student Support Services, effective July 1, 2020.

During her 25 years in education, Melody Martinez-Davis has served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Spanish teacher at all levels across varied demographics. Throughout her school administration career, she has led many initiatives that made a tremendous impact on students in the Brockport community. She led the implementation of Digital Readiness, school learning and management systems, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports. During the 2019-2020 school year, Ms. Martinez-Davis served as the faculty advisor for A.D. Oliver Middle School’s BOSS (Bettering Ourselves Through Sisterhood and Service) program. BOSS is a collaboration with members of the Women of Color Empowerment Club at the College at Brockport that was formed with the dedication to providing young minority students with mentors who share their experiences as women of color. She also led the creation of master schedules, supervised the building Crisis Response Teams, and is a representative in the district’s Grief, Illness, and Trauma Team (TIG). Under her leadership, social emotional learning has been at the forefront of strategic planning and professional development plans.

After relocating to Rochester from Puerto Rico, Ms. Martinez-Davis earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a minor in Spanish Language and Civilization at the College at Brockport. She continued her studies at Nazareth College, earning a Master of Science Degree, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also completed the New York State Council of School Superintendents Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation Future Superintendents Academy Development Program. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo in Education Administration.



Dr. Genelle Morris Appointed Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Genelle Morris as Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, effective August 3, 2020.

A passionate advocate for providing high-quality education for all children, Dr. Genelle Morris has spent nearly 30 years in urban education dedicating her life to ensuring each child graduates from high school ready for college or a career. While pursuing that goal, she has worked in varying roles in education, including science instruction, curriculum, and assessment development; and at the district level, leading work in assessment, accountability, research, and evaluation. Most recently, Dr. Morris was the Chief Accountability Officer/Chief Information Officer for the Buffalo Public Schools, where she was responsible for accountability, assessment, research, and evaluation of system-wide goals and targets. She began her career as an AP Biology teacher with the Buffalo Public Schools and has also served as Assistant Superintendent of Shared Accountability, Director of Data Analysis, Supervisor of Data Analysis, Principal, and Assistant Principal.

Dr. Morris earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University at Buffalo, receiving the prestigious “Thinking Outside the Box” award for her thesis, which studied the implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) in New York State. She additionally earned a Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and Policy and a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Morris has also served on various educational committees and boards at the local, regional, state, and national level. Her passion for student advocacy, diversity, and progress lights a fire beneath everything that she does.



Carleen F. Pierce Appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer

The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Carleen Pierce as Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective June 15, 2020.

In addition to her appointment as the District's Interim Chief Financial Officer, Carleen Pierce is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO). Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small and East Superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms have agreed to an arrangement where Ms. Pierce will be assigned 80% of her time at RCSD and 20% of her time at East until a permanent CFO for RCSD is appointed.

Ms. Pierce has served as the CFO of East since 2017, where she not only is responsible for the financial matters of the EPO but also acts as a liaison with the District's Human Resources Department on all personnel matters. Prior to joining East, Ms. Pierce worked at the Canandaigua City School District for several years in various capacities, including the Director of Human Resources and the Assistant Superintendent for Business. While serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Business for seven years, Ms. Pierce earned the reputation of achieving pristine audits. She was also known as a forward-thinking administrator who continually sought ways in which business operating efficiencies could be attained so that backroom operation expenditures could be reduced and funds could be shifted to instructional programs. Ms. Pierce also worked for JP Morgan Chase for approximately 15 years in multiple capacities, such as Private Banking, Small Business, Corporate Commercial Lending, and Production Support Management. Over the years acting in a volunteer capacity, she enthusiastically assists entrepreneurs with developing business plans.

Ms. Pierce attended Nazareth College of Rochester and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science. She continued her lifelong love for learning by earning a Master’s Degree in Education, a Permanent Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Business Administration, and a Permanent Certificate of Advanced Studies in School District Leadership from the College at Brockport.