Michael Rodriguez serves as Delaware’s Department of Education (DDOE) Associate Secretary of Student Support. He oversees school improvement, Title I, adult and prison education, 21st Century and Opportunity Grants, nursing, driver’s education, transportation, and DIAA. Before joining the DDOE he was principal of North Georgetown Elementary School in the Indian River School District.
Prior to his service in Delaware, Michael enlisted in the United States Army in 1989 and he is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Upon his discharge from the United States Army, he continued his education at Kutztown University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1995. He continued his formal education and in 1999 he completed a Master of Education degree in Special Education from Lehigh University. Since then, he received an additional Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. He completed his coursework for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility at Lehigh University.
In 2000, Michael was hired by Allentown School District as an emotional support teacher. In 2003, he was promoted to administrative intern at Midway Manor and Wilson Early Childhood Centers in the Allentown School District, which paved the way for his appointment to principal of Central Elementary School in 2004. In 2011, Michael was appointed principal of William Allen High School. He has also served as principal of Herbert Hoover Elementary in the Neshaminy School District until 2016.