Welcome from Head of School
Angel Rubiel Gonzalez, Ph.D, '99
Over 35 years ago, Brother Brian Carty did what many could not. He was courageous enough to have a dream and make it a reality. Through his work, sweat, resourcefulness, faith and persistence, he refused to allow a generation of young people in this city to fall victim to the soft bigotry of low expectations and the structural educational inequalities militating against our children. It was his vision and foresight that built both a community and a school that many said should never have existed. A place where the children of the poor and working class, immigrants, Black, Latinx, Asian communities, and others at the margins of our society could step boldly on the shoulders of their ancestors and reach for the hope of a better future. De La Salle Academy is proud of its long standing commitment to provide access and opportunity to a world class education regardless of a family’s ability to pay tuition.
Building upon its strong mission and core values, De La Salle faculty have created a community that provides economically less advantaged families a reason to have faith in our schools. Indeed, De La Salle Academy is not simply a school, it is more importantly a sign of faith. It is the faith that a quality education can be purposefully rigorous and personalized to care and foster the individual gifts and talent of each of our students. It is the faith children do not need to leave who they are at the door to be a student and instead, can participate fully and unapologetically to share all of themselves and their gifts in a loving community.
While the children are always at the center of our mission, it is the caring adults to whom we entrust our children that are the driving force of our mission. However, being a faculty member at De La Salle is not for the faint of heart. The hours are long, the challenges are steep, and we must constantly find ways of being creative with our resources. To teach in a school that should have never existed to begin with, means that the adults that show up at our school doors perform miracles every day.
This alchemy is only possible because the faculty see God and the universe in the children entrusted to our care. We wake up every day knowing that our work, no matter what the odds, is bigger than a job description. To be a LaSallian educator, one must be a living embodiment of faith; a faith that through our care, support, and respect for these children, we become co-creators in the process of healing the human spirit.
I hope that as you take a moment to learn more about our school, that you find through our mission, rigorous core programming, our plethora of electives, extracurricular and partnerships, a place where over twenty years ago my family and I found a community that helped me see that another form of schooling is possible.
Angel Rubiel Gonzalez, Ph.D, ‘99