About Dr. Vázquez Matos
Dr. Vázquez Matos joined Holyoke Public Schools in July 2020.
Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Alberto Vázquez Matos relocated at a young age to New York, where he began his education by attending both Holy Family School and later Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx.
He began his career in education as a teacher, academic dean, assistant principal, and principal. Over the next several years he served as adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, The Ministry of Education of Lithuania, Fordham University, University of Notre Dame, Saint Leo University, Argosy University, and the Ana G. Méndez University System.
Dr. Vázquez Matos served as the Associate Superintendent of Schools for Strategic Planning and Governance in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and the Chief of Staff for Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 8th largest school district in the country. In those roles, he developed district-wide strategic plans, led transformation work, and developed school and district policies and systems. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut. He has led efforts to develop the district’s strategic operating plan, managed budget challenges, developed a budget formula for equitable school funding within the district, led the construction and renovation of four school buildings, and led efforts to improve outcomes for students in reading and math.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career including the Presidential Medal from Ana G. Méndez University System, Tampa Hispanic Success Story Award in 2015, and the Florida Latino Administrator of the Year Award in 2017. He also published several articles in national magazines like Momentum – one of his most recent articles is titled “Are Our Schools Culturally Proficient?”
Dr. Vázquez Matos has a Doctoral Degree in Second Language Research from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico) and a Doctoral Degree in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University; a Professional Diploma in Advanced Leadership Studies from Manhattan College; a Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College; and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College. He is also a graduate of the Superintendent Leadership Academy from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.