Alumni in the News: Dr. Roberto Padilla (’13) Transforms West Prep Academy

Dr. Roberto Padilla, who received his Ph.D. in turnaround school leadership from GSE in May 2013, has played a monumental role in transforming West Prep Academy, an Upper West Side middle school, from a school with underperforming teachers and a mediocre attendance rate into a one with a waiting list, where students are thriving both socially and academically.

Through partnerships with organizations such as VH1’s Save the Music, Parsons School for Design, Columbia University, and through implementation of a “super scholars club,” strict discipline, and time for music, gym, and trips, Padilla has made a significant difference in the overall school atmosphere and students’ attitudes.

Click here to read the full article on Dr. Padilla’s role in the transformation of West Prep Academy on DNAinfo New York.

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