Wellesley Alum to Oversee Academics for Boston Public Schools

July 30, 2013

Eileen de los Reyes '84 Appointed Deputy Superintendent of Academics

De los Reyes photo from Ethical Society of Boston

The Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced that Eileen de los Reyes '84, who has led the effort to transform education for the thousands of English language learners in the Boston Public Schools, will be the district’s new deputy superintendent of academics.

De los Reyes is credited with expanding educational opportunities for 17,000 English language learners by working closely with teachers and overhauling services available to students. BPS Interim Superintendent John McDonough appointed de los Reyes to the position, which oversees all academics for the approximately 58,000 students in the Boston Public Schools. McDonough said in a press release: “In this new role she will take the creative energy she has already brought for our English language learners and expand it to strengthen teaching for every child in Boston, regardless of race, income, or ability.”

A Puerto Rico native, de los Reyes earned a Ph.D. from MIT after graduating from Wellesley with a dual major in political science and Spanish. She was an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education before joining the Boston Public Schools. She has co-authored research projects with the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, including “Improving Educational Outcomes of English Language Learners in Schools and Programs in the Boston Public Schools” in 2011. 

With the announcement of her new role, de los Reyes said in a statement: “Every family expects and deserves that their student will be challenged, inspired and supported by a great teacher who has a strong school leader, the right training and the best materials to back them up.” 


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