Dr. Adrian C. Manuel, Executive Director at Merrick Academy Public Charter School
Dr. Adrian Manuel brings over 19 years of leadership experience in urban education. He is known as a turnaround and transformational school leader. Most recently, Adrian led a turnaround effort as a middle school principal in Hempstead, N.Y. During his tenure he helped the school successfully make demonstrable improvement and converted the 1500 student school to a campus of four robust small learning communities.
Prior to his role at Hempstead, Adrian served as the Head of School/Executive Director at the SEED School of Washington, D.C.; the nation’s first urban public charter boarding school. The SEED School graduates over 90% of students per year and sends over 95% of its graduates to four year colleges. As Head of School, Adrian managed the senior leadership team and led the strategic planning and implementation efforts.
Prior to SEED, Adrian led two successful turnaround schools in his role as both a middle and high school principal in New York. As a high school principal, he dramatically increased the graduation rate, launched an early college program, and created a campus of small learning communities. During his time as a middle school principal, Adrian’s efforts turned a previously failing school to consistent years of high performance in the New York City school system. His experience as a transformational leader began early in his career when he founded the College Prep Academy, a successful middle school small learning community, during his second year teaching.
Adrian brings a rich practice-based experience in change management. He is a systems thinker who can design strategies that sustain organizational learning and adaptive capacity. As such, he is also passionate about developing highly impactful teams. Known as an innovative leader, Adrian tends to focus on strategies that can lead to breakthrough transformation.
Adrian has earned an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Management
from the University of Pennsylvania’s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Education Leadership. He holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Baruch College, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Lehman College and a Bachelor degree in History from New York University. Adrian is also a graduate of the New York City Leadership Academy.