The five boroughs are full of brilliant, visionary, determined, and hard-working female students, educators, and leaders in the DOE community.

We couldn’t be prouder to introduce some of them via #DOESHEroes—women throughout the NYC DOE community who are making history here at DOE headquarters or in their schools, their neighborhoods, their city, and the world. Want to nominate someone you know to join the ranks of #DOESHEroes? Email us at marketing@schools.nyc.gov 


Nazaret Cuadros

Senior at the Young Woman’s Leadership School of Astoria and Founder, Coding Exchange

"Being female has definitely impacted our journey in the whole process of computer science education and founding our organization. We’ve gotten a lot of resources and a lot of support, including from our teacher, Emily Fields."

Heily Grisales

Senior at Aviation High School

"Being a girl in a school for FAA-licensed aircraft mechanics was a challenge I learned to overcome. I always asked for leadership positions in class and proved myself constantly during work time. The drive that keeps me going is knowing that I am making my parents and myself proud, and working towards better job security with hands-on work, skilled work."

Lisette Tapia 

Senior at the Young Woman’s Leadership School of Astoria and Founder, Coding Exchange

"The opportunities we have gotten working with other women in STEM has made it easier for us. When we ask for support, it’s easier to connect."


Emily Fields

STEAM Director & Math/Computer Science Teacher, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

"Studies show that around 6th grade girls often lose confidence in their math abilities. Having been a female math major in college, I think it’s really important for girls to see someone who’s had shared experiences in trying to navigate that mindset — to help them feel comfortable and confident."

Sari Rosenberg

US History and AP US History Teacher at the High School for Environmental Studies

"We created the 'Feminist Eagles', a feminist club for teens. Far before a national spotlight was put on the #MeToo movement, our students were sharing stories and looking for ways to turn their experiences into activism."

DOE Leadership

Linda Chen

Chief Academic Officer

Linda Chen

"When I think about my journey, it does spring from a teacher, a woman, but also an Asian-American. But it wasn’t just that she looked like me—it was also her mentoring; it was all of those things together. And later, nine times out of 10, it was another woman in K-12 education who tapped me on the shoulder to help me envision different possibilities for myself. That’s what I feel I can contribute as a DOE leader--both the drive and the passion for the work, but also through helping shape the next generation of leaders."

Karin Goldmark

Deputy Chancellor of School Planning and Development

Karin Goldmark

"One of the things that always strikes me is who is controlling the land in any community. And when you look across the private sector real estate portfolio, it’s almost exclusively men, and almost exclusively white men. We don’t own ours. It’s community-held. And it’s such an honor to manage that on behalf of the children and families of NYC."

Cheryl Watson Harris

First Deputy Chancellor

Cheryl Watson-Harris

"As they say, 'to educate a girl is to educate a nation,' and I think that it's extremely important that girls and the NYC DOE see representation in leadership. I, myself, am a graduate of the NYC public schools from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, and I distinctly remember other women, particularly women of color, that I saw in leadership positions that allowed me to know that there were infinite possibilities for myself."

Hydra Mendoza

Deputy Chancellor of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

Hydra Mendoza

"I think it’s important for women to be seen and heard and to be at the table when it comes to decision-making. I’m a big believer in the more diverse the voices, the better policy we create. And that’s true for everything that we do, whether it’s within our own division or across the DOE. We always ask: who was part of this discussion? We are over half of the population and we should be making the big decisions that impact not only women but also our families and communities."

Ursulina Ramirez

Chief Operating Officer

"I think both my identity as a woman and as a Chicana really informs the way I approach the work. And especially now, as a first time mom, it’s changed how I treat my fellow colleagues who are also parents. You bring all of yourself to the job and just try to really balance it out."

LaShawn Robinson

Deputy Chancellor of School Climate and Wellness

LaShawn Robinson

"I like to think of myself as a role model for young women who attend our schools every day. To let them know I come from Brooklyn and attended school in D13, and young women can be anything they want to be—even Deputy Chancellor. And I look forward every day to being their voice at the table."

Edie Sharp

Chief of Staff, Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

Edie Sharp

"I think it’s important that we demonstrate our values, and those values should be about inclusivity and diversity and empowering typically historically marginalized voices. And women in leadership roles helps to do that. And the diversity of our cabinet helps to reinforce that."

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