Meet the Superintendent

Evette Avila was unanimously elected as Valley Central’s next Superintendent by the Board of Education who were impressed with her extensive experience with all aspects of District operations and administration spanning more than 30 years.  Her tenure as Valley Central Superintendent began January 2023.
Ms. Avila brings a wealth of education experience from the administrative and teaching realms to the superintendent role. She most recently served as Chief of Schools at Hartford Public Schools. 

Ms. Avila has had the opportunity to lead statewide and nationally through the Connecticut LEAD Program, School Leaders’ Network, McGraw Hill and the NYC iZone Program.
She has fostered partnerships with local organizations to promote student wellbeing and has empowered the use of current research to impact student success. Ms. Avila has taught various grade levels in both public and private schools and has also served in various administrative roles. She has provided counseling , conducted professional development and  implemented district initiatives.
Ms. Avila has led systemic and sustainable change by building organizational capacity, trust and effectiveness to increase the quality of education for all students and create a culture of achievement that embeds equity and celebrates progress.

Evette Avila believes these core values are at the center of her work in developing a positive culture for teachers and administrators:

  • Students are always the number one priority and lie at the center of decision making.
  • Everyone in the organization is a leader and should be empowered to utilize their skill set for the advancement of the school district.
  • Maintain a commitment to excellence and equity so that all students successfully achieve and successfully contribute to this ever changing complex world. 

As the Superintendent of the Valley Central School District, Ms. Avila strives to create a safe and innovative environment where students are motivated to think critically, communicate effectively, and achieve excellence. She embraces the VC motto; Loyal, Progress, Serve to support our students in successfully achieving and significantly contributing to this global, complex changing world. 

Meet Evette Avila

VC Superintendent: January 2023

Chief of Schools, Hartford Public Schools 2017-2022
Responsible for operations and achievement: 39 schools, Alternative Programs, Adult Education, Gifted/Talented Program. 17,500 students, 3,400 staff, $426M budget.
Connecticut DOE/ Partners for Educational Leadership 2014-2017
Facilitated systemic school improvement for 43 turnaround schools across Connecticut
NYC Regional Director 2012-2015
School Leaders Network- Supervised NYC facilitators and developers of professional learning for 90 principals concentrating on impact of leadership on student achievement.
McGraw Hill, Nat’l Director of Professional Development 2010-2014
Supervised professional learning program for comprehensive digital program
Principals/Assistant Principal, 1993-2010
Ridgeway Elementary School, White Plains, NY
PS 5, New York, NY
Significantly increase student achievement, parent involvement, developed native language institute for bilingual students,founded Newcomer center for ELL students, instituted autistic program
Adjunct Instructor 2011-2018
University of Connecticut 2014-2018
Westchester Community College 2011-2012
Teacher/Counselor 1985-1993
PreK-5th grade teacher/6th-8th Math/Science
Guidance/Milieu Counselor K&1,2 to HS


School District Leadership Advanced Degree
College of St. Rose, Eastchester NY, 2014
MA, Education Administration
Principal’s Institute, Bank Street College NYC 1993
MSW, Social Work
Fordham University, NYC 1993
BA, Psychology/Education
Hunter College, NYC, 1987