Mr. Adler has been a public educator for 16 years. He grew up in southern Westchester, about ten minutes from the Bronx and comes from a family of public servants; mostly teachers. While in high school he was able to coach adolescence in summer youth programs and went on to teach drums to elementary school students in the Bronx. In addition to these experiences, his love of traveling helped him to develop an appreciation for what it means to be a global citizen. He completed his undergraduate studies at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, where he received a BA in Jazz Drumming and Performance. Upon completing university, he was a “gigging” jazz musician, hip-hop lyricist, and a bellhop.
At 22, he came to the realization that he could still make music while reconnecting with his passion for service, and was accepted to the New York City Teaching Fellowship, receiving a M.S.Ed at Mercy College in the Bronx. He went on to teach 5th and 6th grades for 12 years in the South Bronx in both the public and charter sectors. For the first 9 years of his career, he was able to keep a few toes in the world of music, using his summers and vacations as an opportunity to perform and tour, but his innate desire to lead in a greater capacity than on a stage propelled him into school leadership.
In 2014, he graduated from Lehman with a M.S.Ed in Leadership. His journey as an educator brought him to FLACS as the Assistant Principal for the Middle School and after three years now will serve as the Principal of FLACS’ expanding Middle School scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.