Dr. Gonzalo S. La Cava is a passionate and committed educator with over 20 years of public school experience focused on improving the lives of all students. In his prior role, he served Fulton County Schools as an Area Superintendent for the Central Learning Community in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he supported 19 schools and over 20,000 students to achieve the district’s goals of graduation and college and career readiness. During his time in Fulton County, Dr. La Cava also served in the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services and Executive Director of Services for Exceptional Children. Dr. La Cava began his career as a special education teacher and later transitioned into administration. He was the instructional leader of two large comprehensive Title I elementary and middle schools in one of the largest school systems in the country, Orange County Public Schools, Florida. Both of these schools supported a population of students where 75% were minority and 80% qualified for free or reduced lunch. In the role of principal, Dr. La Cava was able to turn around the schools by increasing academic achievement and closing the achievement gap of Latino students in the areas of reading, math, and writing. As an acknowledgement to his success in leading these schools, he was featured as an example of leadership for second order change in the book Leading Learning: Change Student Achievement Today! Additionally, as a result of his success as a school-based leader in large urban districts, Dr. La Cava was honored as a White House Champion of Change. Today, Dr. La Cava is the Chief of Human Resources of the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, the 10th largest school district in the nation. He was profiled in Education Week as a Leaders to Learn From, spotlighting his bold ideas and successful strategies as an innovative school district leader. Dr. La Cava is a graduate of the Miami-Dade public school system and a former ESOL student. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Education and a master’s and doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Dr. La Cava is also a graduate of Leadership Florida Education IV and Chiefs for Change named him to their 2020 cohort of the Future Chief program. La Cava and his wife Amanda have two beautiful young children Isabella and Sebastian.
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