Scholarship Awarded to Andrés Rafael Arroyo - Outstanding Administrator - Sept. 2009
Andrés Rafael Arroyo
- GIHS Assistant Principal
The New York State Council of School Superintendents recently selected Grand Island High School Assistant Principal Andrés Rafael Arroyo as the recipient of the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship.
strong work ethic and commitment to education earned him this honor.
Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Arroyo came to the United States with his family at a young age and struggled to learn English as he began to attend school.
Just a few years later his
family moved back to Puerto Rico until his
father was transferred to Bogotá, Columbia.
In 1988, Mr. Arroyo
family had to leave the country to escape civil unrest that brought rebel factions close to them.
This time the family moved to New York City.
limited English background made school a challenge but his
hard work and desire to succeed in school helped overcome the limitations he
Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Arroyo attended the University at Buffalo to become a teacher.
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo in the Educational Leadership and Policy Program.
Last year, Mr. Arroyo was also awarded a national award from the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) which provided scholarship dollars to assist in his efforts of earning a doctoral degree.
This award was based on academic achievement at the university level as well as character, motivation and potential for future success.
will be honored this October during a session at the NYS Superintendents Conference held in Rochester, New York.
Ray would have considered Andrés to be a worthy recipient to carry on his legacy as a superintendent," states Robert Christmann, Superintendent of Grand Island Schools and President Elect of NYS Council of School Superintendents.
"Our school district is fortunate to have Andrés
as part of our administrative staff.