MONROE, Conn. — A Monroe resident who has long been involved in working with at-risk youth has been appointed to the town's Board of Education.
Carlos Reinoso Jr. assumed his two-year position Wednesday.
“I’m really grateful and happy to be joining a great team of board members who represent a great school district, my children’s school district, that I so admire and am proud of,” he said in an email.
Reinoso, who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, said he's excited by the challenge of serving on the school board.
“I’m looking forward to working with Mr. James Agostine, our superintendent of schools, Mr. John Battista, our assistant superintendent, and all our fellow board members," he wrote. “I plan to put my knowledge and experience to work for our district and the students we serve.”
Three of Reinoso’s four children are currently enrolled in the Monroe Public School District. He and his wife have resided in Monroe for 12 years.
Reinoso works as the director of the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers in Norwalk. In this role, Reinoso manages the all of the health care centers in the Norwalk public schools. For the past year, he had been the director of the Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition at Human Services Council in Norwalk.
For 17 years he has worked in the field of public health, human services and education. Reinoso has worked in clinical and educational settings as well as collaborated with many community centers and agencies statewide.
Before working for the Human Services Council, he served as coordinator of programs and services at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, where he was responsible for statewide outreach, legislative advocacy and community relations.
Before his work on the state's problem gambling council, Reinoso was employed for seven years with the Bridgeport Public Schools, where he worked under the Student Support Services Department, working specifically with high-risk youth in the middle schools and high schools.
Reinoso has a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership and a bachelor’s of science in both psychology and human services, along with additional certifications and training in behavioral healthcare and gerontology.