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Betty A. Rosa | Members at Large
Judicial District XII - Bronx
Regents Office
State Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234 | Phone: (718) 664-8052
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Dr. Rosa was elected to a five-year term (April 1, 2008 – March 31, 2013) and re-elected (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2018) as the Regent for the Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County).

Born in New York City but raised for the first ten years of her life in Puerto Rico, Dr. Rosa attended public elementary and junior high schools in the Bronx (Districts 9 and 10) before graduating from St. Helena's High School, now Monsignor Scanlon High School, in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx.  

She received a B.A. in psychology from the City College of New York and holds two Master of Science in Education degrees, one in Administration and Supervision and the other in Bilingual Education from the City College of New York and Lehman College respectively.  She also received an Ed. M. and Ed. D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Rosa worked in the N.Y.C. Department of Education as a bilingual paraprofessional, teacher and reading coordinator, served as an assistant principal and principal in special education, introduced an integrated linguistic model in developing a multilingual and multicultural school for general and special education populations, and was principal of I.S. 218, a full-service community school in partnership with the Children’s Aid Society in District 6.  While working in the central office of the then N.Y.C. Board of Education, she developed the Office of Conflict Resolution in the Division of Special Education.  She has taught graduate level education courses Education of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Children and Due Process: Law and the Handicapped, has served on dissertation committees and is currently an executive coach for doctoral students.

Chancellor Rudy Crew appointed Dr. Rosa to the position of Superintendent of Community School District 8 in the Bronx.  District 8 consisted of approximately 25,000 students and 30 schools encompassing neighborhoods of the South Bronx including Soundview and Hunts Point and the northeast section of the Bronx known as Throggs Neck.  Chancellor Harold Levy later appointed Dr. Rosa to serve as the Senior Superintendent of the Bronx.  One of the schools Dr. Rosa founded as superintendent, M.S. 101 (Maritime Academy for Science and Technology) became the top ranked middle school in the City of New York based on New York State examination results. 

She was elected to a four-year term to the Alumni Council of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and also appointed to a three-year term to the Principal/Site Administrator Advisory Committee of the American Association of School Administrators.  Dr. Rosa also served as a consulting member of the Educational Research Development Institute and is currently a member of the New York Team of the National Education Policy Center’s Schools of Opportunity project.

Dr. Rosa is the President of B.D.J. & J. Associates LLC, a company she founded in 2005.  The company serves in a consulting capacity to large urban school districts throughout the country and to companies in the educational services field.  A new division provides business development assistance in sports, recreation, and camps for profit and not-for-profit enterprises and organizations.

Since 2013, Dr. Rosa been honored with the Women of Distinction Award from the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, the Latina of the Year Award from the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, the Marconi Medal from the Technical Career Institute, selected as a Women’s History Month Honoree by the Office of the Bronx Borough President, received a Recognition Award from the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the Distinguished Educator Award from the Education Alumni of the Alumni Association of the City College of New York, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Conference of Education, Sustainable Development, Leadership and Policy, the Entre Nosotros Award from the SOMOS Conference, and the Gladys Correa Award from the New York State Association of Bilingual Educators.

Last Updated: April 29, 2015