By Ava Stryker-Robbins
School District 3 has a new superintendent with a history of promoting equity in New York City public schools.
When Kamar Samuels was superintendent of District 13 in Brooklyn in 2019 — before former Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to phase out the gifted and talented program — Samuels advocated and obtained funds to implement the International Baccalaureate program in his district, a more inclusive, worldwide model.
“In terms of building a district more equitably, and building a district with a common set of expectations, this is our goal,” Samuels told Chalkbeat, at the time. “It’s about all students in the school and all teachers in the school.”
Samuels is one of 14 newly appointed school superintendents. He replaces Christine Loughlin.
A seasoned educator, Samuels taught elementary school for five years, served as a principal for six years, and acted as District 13 deputy superintendent for two years, before becoming superintendent in early 2019.
Former Community Education Council 3 President Kim Watkins praised Samuels, telling WSR in a phone interview, “his leadership style seems to be really valuable in terms of trying to find that balance between equity and excellence.”