Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Areas of Expertise
- Academic Diagnostics
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Creative Problem Solving
- Data Analysis
- Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
- Leadership Development
- Media Relations
- Policy Analysis
- PreK-12 Systems
- Professional Communication
- Researched-Based Strategies
- School Reform
- Staff Development
- Strategic Planning
- Child Abuse and Maltreatment
- Critical Incident and Crisis Management
- Diagnostic Tool for School and Leadership Effectiveness
- Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act
- School District Administrator
- School Administrator/Supervisor
- Trauma, Illness and Grief
Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D.
“Kasserian Engeri...which means: Are the children well?
Each day I will work to improve educational outcomes for students in the Rochester City School District by implementing innovative programs, developing equitable policies and pushing the boundaries of education. I emphatically believe that children are more than our future; they are our present.”
Rochester City School District Superintendent, Dr. Lesli C. Myers-Small has dedicated her life to the development and implementation of high-quality education.
Dr. Myers-Small received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in counseling and human development, both from the University of Rochester. She continued her educational journey by earning a second master’s degree in Urban Educational Administration and her Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.
Throughout her career, Dr. Myers-Small has made a tremendous impact on the field of education. She was the first African American President of the New York State School Counselor Association. She also testified before the United States Congress. It was her testimony, in part, that resulted in the largest increase (77.5 percent) ever to the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program.
Myers-Small has an almost 30-year career in education that began as a counselor and house administrator in the Rochester City School District. Since then, she has served as a Director of Student and Career Support in the Greece Central School District and an Assistant Superintendent in the Ithaca City School District. Myers-Small was also named Superintendent of the Brockport Central School District in 2012, becoming the first woman of color to serve as a permanent Superintendent in Monroe County.
Most recently, Myers-Small served as the New York State Education Department’s Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Innovation and School Reform, a position she has held since January 2020. In that role, she oversaw and implemented New York State’s School Receivership Program, as well as selected grant programs intended to increase student results in low-performing schools.
Dr. Myers-Small has received many prestigious honors that reflect her dedication to education and the community, including the Breakthru Magazine Empowering Award, NYS Women of Distinction Award, Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40, Saint John Fisher Distinguished Alumni Award, Urban League of Rochester Educator Award, Western New York School Counselors Consortium Lifetime Achievement Award, and the inaugural William Clark Urban League Award. Additionally, she was named a 2016 Athena Award finalist.
Dr. Myers-Small is passionate about her professional work and volunteerism and looks forward to several years of continued service in education.