Eileen de los Reyes

Faculty on Leave of Absence, Education Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Eileen de los Reyes is the former Deputy Superintendent for Academics for the Boston Public Schools (retired this past summer). In this capacity, she supervised seven network superintendents managing 125 schools. Previously she served as the Assistant Superintendent for English Language Learners (ELLs). She also worked as a Research Associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and published a number of articles on the education of ELLs.  From 1996 – 2002, she was an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


PhD in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA in Political Science and Spanish, Wellesley College

Areas of Expertise:

  • Education
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Social Studies
  • Early Language Learners

Personal Statement

I was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the US in 1972. I am guided by public intellectuals and critical theorists such as Paulo Freire, Antonia Darder, Danielle Allen, Cornel West, and others.  My personal, political and intellectual commitment is to the practice of democracy in all aspects of our lives particularly in schools and classrooms.  I  am co-author of Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World (Bergin & Garvey), which focuses on the creation of democratic classrooms where students are educated in the practice of social and political change.