Meet the New Principal: Dr. Harry Valentin

     Published on 7/24/19   Tagged under:    District News    Syracuse STEM @ Blodgett   

This is a photo of Syracuse STEM at Blodgett Principal Dr. Harry Valentin. Tell us a little about yourself!

I am from Puerto Rico. I have 20 years of experience in different positions in the Puerto Rico Department of Education:  School Principal, Chief of the State Assessment Office, Chief Academic Officer and the Deputy Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Education. I also participate actively in different committees from the United State Department of Education, being a Technical Advisor for State compliance and Regional Advisor for State comprehensive services. Those experiences allow me to see the school in a holistic perspective. My biggest motivation is supporting students to establish and reach their goals. I love simple things in life.

What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?

I like it a lot because the city of Syracuse has the elements of the countryside and the city. The people in the district and in the school community have been very welcoming and have make me feel at home in a short time.

What is your favorite thing about being a school administrator?

I have the opportunity to help students discover their strengths, their areas of growth, and discover that in life, everything is possible through education. We are here to let students discover that the world has so many opportunities available for them. Being a school administrator allows me to empower my team to strength their leadership for the wellbeing of the whole school community.

What is your greatest hope for Blodgett?

My vision is that Syracuse STEM @ Blodgett will be a successful school where students will have a global perspective and recognize that they have the ability to be successful in any positive way they want. I hope my students will discover how strong they are. They will learn to focus on their strengths. Students needs a place to feel completely safe, and have learning experiences connected with their reality in a global perspective. That is my hope for Blodgett.

What can we do to ensure that we are supporting students in the best way possible?

Family and community are the most important aspects of transforming the school climate. We must all work together and have a common language to make a change. I hope families will enforce at home the structures that we will implement in the school. When we are in the school, these kids are our children. We discipline them because we want them to be successful. I hope families will work with us to recognize our challenges and determine a plan for how we will overcome those challenges. We must work completely together. I will do my best to open the doors so our parents feel that they can say what they think, and so they will be willing to work with us to make changes happen.