Josephine Gomez has 20 years of experience serving urban schools in both instructional and administrative capacities. Working in public, private, and charter school systems, she has taught all levels of junior and senior high school science courses, including college preparatory, and she integrates writing and reading into curricula to increase student achievement.
As an administrator, Gomez has focused on school management and teacher recruitment and retention. She emphasizes areas that build hard and soft skills relating to equity in education (race and gender), differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and problem-based learning.
As a high school principal, she was responsible for the entire instructional program, integrating academics with the school’s mission, guiding principles, and improvement goals. Prior to this role, Gomez served as the dean of academics and the director of curriculum and instruction for North Lawndale College Prep High School, as program assistant for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s “Integrating Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum” (IWRAC) Project, as a science teacher and department chairperson at Acorn Charter High School and science teacher at several Catholic High Schools in Chicago including her alma mater Lourdes High School.
Gomez received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, her master’s in school administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her doctorate in urban school leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the recipient of Syracuse University Chancellor Citation for Outstanding Achievement in Education.