Community School District 7 Superintendent Rafael T. Alvarez joined the New York City Department of Education in 2000. Recently, he served as a Deputy Superintendent for District 10 where he supported 58 schools, 62 sites. He began his career in education as a 5th grade teacher and has served as UFT chapter leader, literacy coach, AIS provider, assistant principal and Principal.
He has also turn-keyed many professional development sessions for Regions 4, 5, and 8, and taught as an adjunct at a local college. He views a collaborative environment as the key to creating successful staff members and students. He believes partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience in his District.
Cristine has served the students and families of the Bronx for over 27
years as a teacher, staff developer, Senior Intervention director (Districts
8, 11, & 12), Network Achievement Specialist, founding school principal and most recently Community Superintendent of District 11.
In her twenty fifth year in education, Cristine became the district superintendent in same Bronx neighborhood where she began her Fifth grade teaching career in 1993. In her previous position she designed, launched, and led Baychester Academy (BA), a school focused on authentic collaboration and rigorous instruction.
Michael Alcoff has 32 years of experience working for the New York City Department of Education. He has worked as a math teacher, programmer, Assistant Principal, Principal, Network Leader, the Director of School Renewal, and Superintendent.
Michael received a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College. He holds advanced degrees from Teachers College and Columbia University. He is married to a school counselor who works in a Brooklyn elementary school. Both of his children attended New York City public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.