We Honor Outstanding African-Americans
An Interview with Ernest Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
Education Update (EU): How did you choose your career?
Ernest Logan (EL): I was encouraged by my fourth grade teacher, Rose Albert, a committed educator who helped nurture and guide me. I lost my father during the fourth grade, and Ms. Albert was warm, comforting and encouraging. She spoke with me about the value of teaching and that’s when I began to realize that teaching was something I wanted to do. I became a teacher, then an administrator, assistant principal and finally principal.
EU: What was a turning point in your life?
EL: I was encouraged by educators and other leaders of my community, such as Reverend Milton Galamison, Pastor at Siloam Presbyterian Church. He told me to come back and do something to help the community, and that really set the foundation for me to become an educator. Growing up in the projects of East New York, the most important lesson I learned was it’s not where you’re from but where you’re going that matters.
EU: What achievements are you proudest of?
EL: I was the first of 13 children in my family to get a college degree. Although I was the 11th child, my siblings followed in my footsteps and received higher degrees as well. I stand today as the first African American President of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, committed to improving academic achievement and the overall confidence of children.
EU: What were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
EL: I come from a huge family, and although we did not have lots of money, we had each other. It is because of my family and my mentors that I have become the man I am today. I was guided by great leaders. Today school leaders are asked to be all things: psychologist, social worker, special education expert and parent. We are asked to climb even more rungs on the ladder of responsibility and accountability. As leaders, we welcome the challenges that lie ahead. The world of supervision has evolved and we must adapt to succeed.
EU: As the new leader of CSA, what is your vision for the future?
EL: First and foremost, I want to settle a new contract for my members. It has been 3 1⁄2 years and without a doubt; they need to be rewarded for their hard work and never-ending dedication to the children of this city.
Secondly, I would like to expand our Professional Development programs. It is imperative that school leaders receive high-quality professional development to help them keep up with the changing dynamics of our school system. I would also like to spear-head membership involvement in political and legislative issues.
Working together, I truly believe we can improve academic achievement, as well as the overall learning experience and environment for our children. I long forward to serving the school leaders of New York City and the students and parents who rely on these leaders.
EU: Who were your mentors?
EL: I looked up to many great leaders and educators including Rose Albert (my 4th grade teacher); Milton Galamison, Pastor at Siloam Presbyterian Church; and Donald H. Smith, one of my Professors at Baruch College.
EU: What is your advice to young people today?
EL: “Life is not a dress rehearsal”. Education is the key that unlocks every single door. Once you have it, no one can take it from you.#