New Haven mayor appoints two for education council

NEW HAVEN – Dr OrLando Yarborough III and Abie Quiñones-Benítez were nominated for the recently vacated seats on the board of education, Mayor Justin Elicker announced on Wednesday.

Elicker said he was “looking forward to serving with Dr Yarborough and Dr Quiñones-Benítez” in an email, noting that their appointments were subject to the approval of the council of aldermen, and expressed his belief that the two “will bring a unique perspective with them that will serve the board well.

Yarborough is a scientist by training and chairman of the board of the Friends Center for Children, Elicker said in the announcement, and has knowledge of early childhood education and STEM education.

Elicker said Quiñones-Benítez specializes in developing an ESL program and “has a long history of serving New Haven public schools,” Elicker said.

Superintendent of Schools Iline Tracey also praised the nominations, saying she looked forward to “working with these new board members as we work to advance the vision and mission of New Haven Public Schools” , which have a fundamental value of collaboration.

Yarborough and Quiñones-Benítez expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm for seizing this potential opportunity.

“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve on the New Haven School Board,” Quiñones-Benítez said. “As an attending student at Fair Haven Middle School, I saw the needs and talent of all of our students, pursued my certification and made a commitment to this city. I started my professional education career in New Haven Adult Education and have had the privilege of serving as a school counselor, teacher coach, vice-principal and principal in that district serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. 12th grade. I have seen with my own eyes not only the challenges our students face, but also the opportunities available to them. I know our schools have what it takes to help our children learn, grow and thrive – I’m excited to be doing my part to make this happen.

“As a leader and a coach, I have spent most of my life investing in people’s success,” said Yarborough. As a father and chairman of the board of the Friends Center for Children, the success of these children is personal to me. I am grateful for this appointment and look forward to helping every child in New Haven to maximize their potential.

Yarborough and Quiñones-Benítez will fill positions previously held by Dr Tamiko Jackson-McArthur and Larry Conaway, Elicker noted.

He thanked Jackson-McArthur and Conaway for their service to the community, saying that “the commitment to our students’ success is commendable”.

Admission Elicker shared a breakdown of Quiñones-Benítez and Yarborough’s respective professional histories as part of the announcements.

“Quiñones-Benítez began her educational career at New Haven Adult Ed in 1986, where she taught ESOL and GED Spanish. After a stop at Gateway Community College, she returned to adult education where she taught Spanish for over a decade in an inter-district program between New Haven, Hamden and Orange, ”officials said.

“After being a professor at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Quiñones-Benítez returned to New Haven public schools and served as deputy principal of Hill Regional Career High School for two years and principal. of Christopher Columbus for eleven years. Family Academy (now FAME), ”officials said. “Most recently, she was Principal of Schools in Lancaster, PA and is currently a consultant for Meriden Public Schools.”

Quiñones-Benítez holds a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from the University of Connecticut, officials said, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh after previously earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico, officials said.

Yarborough has been pastor of the Black Church at Yale University since 2015, officials said, and had previously been “a leadership consultant, coach, scientist and religious leader” during his lifetime.

He is also a coach and facilitator at the Yale School of Management, officials said, and runs “his own business – The Well Company – which provides coaching and advisory services to STEM and other professionals.”

Yarborough received a doctorate. in genetics from Yale University investigating the genetics of high blood pressure, officials noted, and also completed a Yale post-doctoral fellowship in internal medicine focusing on mitochondrial metabolism in type 2 diabetes.

Yarborough completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, where he majored in biological sciences and African studies, officials said, and helps run several nonprofits. . He is also a board member of the Yale Alumni Association, officials said, and co-founder of EMERGE.

He and his wife, Dr Rashele Yarborough, have a daughter and are members of Church on the Rock New Haven, officials said.

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