Councilman Renato da Silva: Educator and Advocate for Community Development

Councilman Renato da Silva: Educator and Advocate for Community Development

 

Kearny, NJ — Councilman Renato da Silva’s unwavering commitment to community development has been the cornerstone of his professional career and community involvement. His journey, rooted in a dedication to education and civic engagement, embodies the spirit of service that he brings to his role as Councilman for the 3rd Ward in Kearny.

 

A proud graduate of Kearny High School in 1988, Renato pursued his academic journey at Rutgers University, specializing in European History. Throughout his college tenure, he actively engaged in cultural and environmental organizations such as the Rutgers Radio Station, the Rutgers Choir, and NJPIRG, showcasing his passion for diverse interests.

 

Renato began his tenure at the New York City Department of Education, where he served as a dedicated Social Studies teacher starting in 1997. Renato’s excellence in teaching Participation in Government led him to Syracuse University, where he was invited to contribute to a Public Policy course, furthering students’ understanding of democratic civic action.

 

Juggling his full-time teaching responsibilities, Renato pursued higher education, earning a master’s degree in World History from the joint program between Rutgers and NJIT in 2001. His dedication to educational leadership led him to Hunter College, where he obtained an Advanced Degree in Education Leadership in 2007. Not long after, he spearheaded an innovative partnership between a Manhattan high school and the NYPD, offering law enforcement elective courses, hosting visiting lecturers, and facilitating student internships within the police department.

 

In 2012, Renato sought a position on the Kearny Board of Education, advocating fervently for educational enhancements within the town. As a committed parent, he actively supported his sons’ education at Roosevelt and Lincoln Schools, contributing significantly to their PTAs and even co-coaching the Scotts American rec soccer team.

 

Renato’s commitment to educational equity led him to assume the role of Manhattan Academic Policy lead in 2015, championing fairness in education citywide. His journey continued in 2022 when he embraced the role of Executive Director of School Support and Operations for District 4 in Manhattan, dedicated to advancing civics education and fostering improved reading skills among students.

 

Beyond his professional endeavors, Renato, alongside his wife Dawn and their sons Martin and Adrian, actively participates in the Arlington Players Club and Kearny’s tennis

 

club. They cherish moments walking their dog Julie through their neighborhood, embodying a true sense of community.

 

Renato da Silva’s multifaceted dedication to education, civic engagement, and community development embodies the spirit of service that he brings to his role as Councilman for the 3rd Ward in Kearny.

 

About Renato da Silva:

Renato da Silva brings a wealth of experience in education, civic engagement, and community leadership to his role as Councilman for the 3rd Ward in Kearny. His lifelong commitment to democratic principles and educational equity stands as a testament to his dedication to serving the community.

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