Gladys Dorilda Rodriguez
A native of Puerto Rico, Ms. Rodriguez came to New York City as a teenager in 1985, where she attended The International High School at LaGuardia Community College. She was a student in the first class at the Network’s founding high school, and also a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1988. Ms. Rodriguez began her professional career as a social worker and later as a Spanish, ESL and English studies teacher in both middle and high schools in Colorado and throughout New York State. She returned to Internationals Network in 2005 as Assistant Principal at the Manhattan International High School where she is currently Principal. Ms. Rodriguez holds a B.A. and an M.A. from SUNY Binghamton, and earned her School District Administration (SDA) certificate from SUNY College at Cortland.
Mr. Ahn was born and raised in New York City. As a second generation Korean-American, he grew up learning to navigate through the tension between the culture of his parents and that of his American counterparts. His interest in social justice led him into education as a means to advocate for the disenfranchised. He began his professional career as a Social Studies teacher at Manhattan International High School (MIHS). After fifteen years of working in the classroom with ELLs and leading initiatives as a teacher-leader, he embarked into administration as the Assistant Principal of MIHS. Mr. Ahn earned a B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and an M.ED. in School Leadership from Hunter College. He holds certifications in teaching Social Studies and ESL and in School Building and School District Administration.
Coming from a family of educators, Brian saw how rewarding a career in education can be. After teaching English in Asia for a year, he dove in as a per diem substitute teacher in the DOE and spent his first year traveling to dozens of schools in the Bronx and Manhattan. He spent the next four years teaching 6th-8th grade common core math in a middle school in the Williamsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. For the last eight years, he has worked at Manhattan International High School as a math and computer science teacher, and now as an assistant principal. He holds a BS in mathematics from SUNY Oneonta, an MA in secondary math education from CUNY Lehman College as well as an SBL certification from the College of St. Rose. When not at work, he enjoys hiking, practicing guitar, and playing Magic the Gathering. The connections he has with the students in the MIHS community is what drives him to do his best every day, and they are a daily reminder of why he chose this journey.