Tuesday, May 17, 2011 (New York) – The Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) honored Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez during their 11th annual banquet this past Friday, May 13th, at Terrace on the Park in Queens and presented him with the ADASA Leadership and Excellence in Education award.
“ADASA values Dr. Matos Rodriguez’s determination and vision of supporting students who aspire to become future professionals and leaders of our community,” said Milady C. Báez, ADASA co-founder and president. “We appreciate his presence and participation in Dominican American-sponsored events at Hostos.”
Since its inception, ADASA members nominate and recommend educators who excel in education and leadership.
“I am greatly honored to receive this recognition from ADASA,” said Dr. Matos Rodríguez, who accepted the association’s tribute not only for himself but on behalf of Hostos Community College.
Congratulating his fellow honorees and the scholarship recipients, Dr. Matos Rodríguez also commended ADASA for “all the good work you do, advocating for students day in and day out.” After mentioning that the 2010 census had revealed the dynamic growth of the Dominican community in New York City, he declared, “This is your moment to make the system accountable, and in Hostos you have a partner!”
The NYS Department of Education signed an agreement with the Dominican Republic Minister of Education in 2001 to implement a Teacher Training Program with Hostos Community College in partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and ADASA. Since then the agreement has been renewed twice and implemented with all the parties involved.
ADASA co-founders, Milady C. Báez and Eduardo Genao both former superintendents for the New York City Department of Education initiated this association in the spring of 1999.
Milady C. Báez, who was then principal of Public School 149 in Queens, met with a group of colleagues to discuss the possibility of forming a Dominican-American association of New York City school principals. Later in the spring of 1999, Báez met Genao, a principal of the South Bronx High School in the Bronx who shared a similar interest. During the next two years, this group of principals worked to create the first and only association in New York City serving Dominican-Americans supervisors and administrators.
It is an association that supports its members through professional development, constructive sharing of ideas and best practices. ADASA has participated in an exchange program with Hostos Community College and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Every year ADASA holds an annual gala dinner dance to celebrate the success of its members and to award scholarships to high school students of Dominican-American descent who are entering college in the fall. The purpose of ADASA is to serve with honor its school communities and promote excellence and equity in education to all students. The strength of ADASA is the unity of its members in creating a cadre of high caliber educators who will always feel supported by their colleagues.
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