Pablo Muñoz was born and raised in the City of Elizabeth. He is the son of Luz and Pablo Muñoz, both originally from Aguada, Puerto Rico, and is a product of the Elizabeth Public Schools. He graduated from Elizabeth High School in 1987 having achieved academic and athletic merits, including an All-State selection in baseball.
Pablo continued his academic and athletic pursuit of excellence at Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned Ivy-League pitching honors. He was determined to serve the community that helped develop him into the person he had become; therefore, he earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Columbia University and returned to his hometown eager to educate and impact the lives of Elizabeth’s children.
In 1991, he began his career in the Elizabeth Public Schools as a teacher of social studies. Pablo ascended through the ranks over the next decade, having served in the positions of Supervisor of Social Studies and Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 2002. His role as Assistant Superintendent included heading school construction projects, working with principals to ensure academic progress and overseeing several divisions within the district.
Pablo was asked to assume the leadership role of Acting Superintendent of Schools following reorganization by the Elizabeth Board of Education in May 2005. Between May 2005 and June 2006, Pablo helped lay the foundation for the future of the Elizabeth Public Schools by implementing the Keys to Excellence Strategic Plan. This plan set forth the district’s mission, vision, priorities, theory of action and core beliefs.
Since Pablo became Superintendent of Elizabeth Public Schools in July 2006, the Keys to Excellence Strategic and Action Plans have gained momentum and earned district-wide enthusiasm. Pablo has introduced roundtable discussions with team members to identify areas of success and concern in order to better discern the status of programs and student achievement in the district. He also has initiated town hall forums, where parents and other community members not only have the opportunity to get to know the Superintendent and his philosophies on Elizabeth Public Schools, but also can view video regarding school improvement and initiatives. In these forums, Pablo makes it a point to address any and all inquiries from attendees. As a result of these initiatives, the Elizabeth Public Schools can now be considered as the best urban district in the State of New Jersey.
Following the success of the first Keys to Excellence strategic plan, Pablo implemented a new strategic plan in 2011, Keys to Excellence 2, with a new vision of becoming one of the best school systems in America.
In addition to performing his duties as Superintendent, Pablo has continued to shape his leadership ability through professional development and involvement in the educational community. As a 2006 graduate of the elite Broad Foundation Superintendent’s Academy, he participated in a 10-month program consisting of weekend-long activities around the country including lectures, classes and seminars to ultimately further his initiative to lead Elizabeth Public Schools in the achievement of excellence. In 2008, the team of the members of the Elizabeth Board of Education and Pablo was one of five board-superintendent teams that participated in the “Reform Governance in Action” program managed by the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS).
Since 2008, Pablo has been serving as an advisor to the Hispanic-Serving School Districts Advisory Council of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; a member of the New Jersey Network of Superintendents of the Panasonic Foundation; and as an advisor to the George Lucas Educational Foundation National Advisory Council.
His effective leadership of the Elizabeth Public Schools has been recognized by several organizations. Pablo was named 2008 Union County School Superintendent of the Year by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce and was selected to be a member of the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s 2008 Daring Dozen– a prestigious group of twelve educators “who are reshaping the future of education.” In 2009, he was chosen by Governor Chris Christie to serve on his Transition Education Subcommittee.
Eager to maintain the momentum generated through the first Keys to Excellence Strategic Plan, Pablo is looking toward each school year to further the vision for the district. In earnest, Pablo is dedicated to helping Elizabeth Public Schools become one of the best school systems in America.