Milady C. Baez is the newly appointed Deputy Chancellor for the Division of English Language Learners and Student Support at the New York City Department of Education serving over 150,000 English language learners in the five boroughs of the city. The Department has been restructured with a new vision and mission that will serve as a renewed commitment to better serve English language learners and promote equity in providing opportunities and access to resources and educational programs.
In 2003 Ms. Baez was appointed Local Instructional Superintendent of former Region 4 which covered Districts 24, 30 and 32. She was the rating officer for principals in grades K-12. Her responsibilities included among others implementing the structure of the transformation of the Department of Education and serving as the Superintendent Liaison to Dual Language Programs.
Ms. Baez served as school principal of the Christa McAuliffe Public School 149 in the borough of Queens with a student population of 1,200 students from 1997-2003. She has distinguished herself by implementing one of the most prestigious and successful Dual Language programs in the city of New York. PS 149 Project Bravo Dual Language Program became an exemplary model frequently visited by educators from New York City and other countries. At P.S. 149, she is credited for implementing Music and the Brain program in Early Childhood and a Magnet program in Entrepreneurship in Business and Technology.
She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA), which she founded in 1999 with a group of fifteen school principals of Dominican American descent in New York City.
Ms. Baez’ commitment in providing equity and excellence in education for English language learners has left a track record of success which started early in 1975 as a bilingual teacher at The Luis Munoz Marin School PS 314, District 20 in Brooklyn, New York. She later became the assistant principal heading bilingual programs. In 1995 as the Principal I.A. she was awarded The Principal Leadership Award from the Business and Industry for the Arts in Education (BIFAE). She proudly acknowledges her active role in initiating a gifted bilingual program, two dual language programs, and a bilingual Chinese/English program.
In 1975, Ms. Baez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Queens College with Honors in Education. She obtained a Master Degree in Science-Bilingual Education from CW Post University in Greenvale, Long Island and a degree in Administration and Supervision from Brooklyn College.
One of Ms. Baez’ most memorable events was addressing the United Nations on the topic of “Harmony and Peace through Understanding” at the Second Annual International Cultures Conference in 1991. In 2005, she was honored with the Dual Language /Two Way Programs Award from the NYC DOE, OELL, SED-OBE and BETAC for pioneering bilingual programs and demonstrating outstanding leadership in establishing bilingual programs.