State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the former Sweet Home teacher who would go on to become New York’s top educator four years ago during a turbulent time for public schools, dropped a big surprise Monday when she announced she will resign in August
Elia confirmed she is leaving to pursue another professional opportunity with a national firm. She would not name the firm but said it has a focus on supporting districts in their efforts to turn around schools.
Elia, 70, made the announcement at a Board of Regents meeting in Albany, after submitting her letter of resignation. Her last day will be Aug. 31.