Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Municipal School District, is an experienced educator, supervisor, administrator and authority on urban education.
She began her education career as an elementary school teacher with the New York City Board of Education. In New York, she taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels; served as a school principal; and served as Director of Curriculum & Instruction Professional Development. She was also an adjunct professor at Malcolm King College in Harlem, City College in New York, the College of New Rochelle, and Fordham University.
Before coming to Cleveland, Barbara Byrd-Bennett held two urban superintendent positions. She was Supervising Superintendent for the Chancellor's District, responsible for direct oversight of the lowest performing schools in the New York City public school system, where she was credited with dramatic improvements in student achievement. Prior to that, she was Superintendent for the Crown Heights school district in Brooklyn, where she was credited with reestablishing order and instructional focus during an "administrative take-over" of the district. Before becoming a superintendent, she was the Deputy Executive Director of the Division of Instruction and Professional Development for the New York schools.