Ernesto Ortiz, Jr. has been in the field of education for 19 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University in Elementary Education with a minor in Urban Education in 2001. He earned his first Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Oral Language (TESOL) from DeSales University and his second Master’s degree from Lehigh University in Educational Leadership. He has taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades in the Allentown School District in Pennsylvania. He also served 3 years as an assistant principal in the Allentown School District before transitioning to the Centennial School District in 2017 as the principal of McDonald Elementary School.
Driven by his interest to effect change, impact teacher knowledge, and raise student achievement, Ernesto is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership (K-12 Superintendent) at Delaware Valley University . His research interests include K-3 literacy and teacher knowledge in the science of reading.
Ernesto is married to Ashley Ortiz, a kindergarten teacher and sounding board for all of his research. They have three children, Julian, Adriana and Nicholas.