School in the Square (S2) engages, educates and empowers adolescents in Washington Heights to respond mindfully and creatively to life’s opportunities and challenges. S2 draws its name from the concept of the public square, where communities come together to solve problems and celebrate successes. We envision S2 as a place where students, families and educators are seen, heard and inspired, and where students build the academic foundations, emotional intelligence and leadership skills necessary to excel in college and professional life. In line with our commitment to equity and diversity, S2 is dedicated to serving all students by providing a differentiated and inclusive learning environment.

Mr. Arnaldo Rodriguez

Mr. Arnaldo Rodriguez

School Counselor

Arnaldo Rodriguez has had a professional interest in education since he was in elementary school. Arnaldo always knew he would be an educator in some capacity. Although he originally envisioned himself being a high school English teacher, he found himself immersed in the work going on outside the classroom. Arnaldo was born and raised in the Bronx and is a proud product of NYC's public school system. His experiences have broadened his knowledge of working with both children and their families. Arnaldo is entering his first year as the School Counselor at School in the Square but is entering his 4th year in field of Counseling and his 10th year in education.

Having spent his first 3 years working as a Community Coordinator in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, Arnaldo began learning how to navigate the many resources available to NYC families. However, it wasn't until Arnaldo began his journey working with low to no income families as a Family Services Coordinator, at an Early Head Start program where he spent 5 years, that he realized the necessity that people have a solid foundation early in life and a nurturing upbringing in order to contribute to a productive community. Before entering his first year at School in the Square, Arnaldo spent the last two years working as a School Counselor at Harlem Village Academies High School in Harlem.

Arnaldo received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York and later received a Masters degree in Counseling from New York University. His perspective is based on his personal experiences as a minority growing up in NYC, as a product of the public school system, as well as his experiences with the children and families with whom he has worked and his knowledge of the communities he has served. If you asked Arnaldo what drives him to work with students at S2, he would say "it's the chance to create and offer our students opportunities I didn't have growing up as a kid."

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