Evelyn Canela is a Community School Director at Center for Supportive Schools, at a high school in the South Bronx. In this position, she manages the design and implementation of the community school strategy and works collaboratively with school administration to expand access to resources for students. Evelyn leads school-wide strategies including community partnerships, mental health programs, attendance improvement and recruitment initiatives. She also facilitates diversity and inclusion professional development sessions for all staff and leads an equity team.
Prior to her role as a school leader, Evelyn managed college access and mentoring programs and served as an education policy consultant for various public and nonprofit organizations. She considers herself a lifelong learner and an advocate for educational equity. Evelyn is committed to creating systems that grant students of color access to a rigorous, inclusive and quality education.
Evelyn earned a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and a master's degree in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University. She volunteers as an Alumni Board Member at Legal Outreach, a college-bound organization that she considers family as a former student and staff member.
Evelyn is a proud Brooklyn native, child of Dominican immigrants, and first generation college graduate. During her free time, she loves traveling, reading, discovering new restaurants and spending quality time with her loved ones.