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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 returned to New York City and attended public elementary and junior high schools in the Bronx before graduating from St. Helena’s High School.

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

Dr. Rosa worked as a bilingual teacher and reading coordinator in the New York City school system and also served as an assistant principal and principal in special education before becoming principal of I.S. 218, a full-service community school in partnership with the Children’s Aid Society.

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 Throgs Neck. One of the schools Dr. Rosa founded, M.S. 101 (Maritime Academy for Science and Technology), became the number one middle school in the City of New York based on New York State examination results. Dr. Rosa also served as the Senior Superintendent of the Bronx and is currently the President of B.D.J. & J. Associates LLC.

She was elected for a four-year term to the Alumni Council of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and was 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.

Dr. Rosa was named Educator of the Year in 2002 at the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade and Superintendent of the Year by Mercy College in 1999. The New York State Assembly also honored her as an “Outstanding Educator”.

Dr. Rosa is married to David Schmeltzer and they have two sons, Jason and Jadd.

Last Updated: October 27, 2014