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Audience in Lecture








Hartford Public Schools


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez is the Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez moved to Hartford as a multilingual learner at the age of nine and is a product of Hartford Public High School. She has served as an education leader in Greater Hartford for over twenty-five years.

Prior to her appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez was Acting Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership within Hartford Public Schools. She served as Assistant Principal, Director, and Principal in neighborhood and magnet schools. She also taught social and behavioral science at Capital Community College for seven years and was a School Social Worker at the CT Technical High School System.

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and she earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.

Most recently, she was awarded the Equity Warrior Award at the June 2023, When Women Lead Summit. She is currently a Pahara Institute Fellow and was nominated and selected for the inaugural class of the Google & Global Silicon Valley Education Innovation Fellowship. Dr. Torres-Rodriguez was the recipient of the 2022 Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Latino Superintendent of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the 2019 National Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from Prospanica.She is a proud resident of Hartford, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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