Ruby Fernandez

Ruby Fernandez
Senior Director, Leadership Development

Ruby Ababio-Fernandez joined NYC Leadership Academy during the summer of 2012 with 14 years of experience as a teacher, coach and principal in the Boston school system.  She has supported the curriculum design and facilitation of the Teacher Leadership Advancement Program, Aspiring Principals Program, as well as The Principal as Literacy Leader component of the Middle School Quality Initiative in New York City.  As part of Ruby’s responsibilities in her current role as Senior Director of Leadership Development, she works effectively with a wide range of district leaders to support the capacity building of school leadership efforts from pipeline to in-service principals program development, implementation and sustainability. She also supports the organization’s vision for equity by serving as chair of our advisory committee focusing on Black and Latino males’ achievement.

Ruby is a “product of possibilities.”  She has encountered and overcome many obstacles that are traditionally accepted as barriers to urban students achieving high performance levels. Her education from primary school to college and beyond is a testament to the good that is possible in urban schools.  She has dedicated her career to educational equity with a keen focus on educating children to high standards through effectively development of the village; supporting urban teachers, school and district leaders, as well as families and communities to act on what it really takes to educate an urban child.

She has earned a BA from Framingham State College, MA from Lesley University, where she’s served as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Education, and also holds both master’s and doctorate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.