Angélica Infante-Green, R.I.’s new Education Commissioner, talks with Ed Achorn about her plans to improve schools
PROVIDENCE — Angélica Infante-Green, 48, is Rhode Island’s new education commissioner. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, she grew up on public assistance, then became the first in her family to go to college. She started working as a teacher and rose to deputy commissioner in the New York state Department of Education.
She speaks English and Spanish, and is raising her children to be bilingual. As the mother of a child with autism, she says she understands the challenges of special needs education.
“Our schools need a great deal of support, but everybody’s ready to do the work,” she says during an interview with Ed Achorn, The Providence Journal editorial pages editor, for “The Insiders” podcast.