Francisco Paler-Large (he/him) graduated with an undergraduate graduate degree in Theatre Arts from SUNY Oneonta. In 2001, he began a career in education teaching theatre and English at Binghamton High School. After completing his certification in school administration, he became an assistant principal at Union Endicott High School. Francisco went on to become the Principal of Trumansburg Middle School for two years before deciding to go back to school for his Master of Social Work. The Social Work program at Binghamton University offered Francisco the opportunity to work with incarcerated individuals at Elmira Correctional Facility and homeless populations at the Ithaca Rescue Mission where he took a job as a case manager. Upon receiving his Master of Social Work degree and passing his licensure exam, he began work with Tompkins County Youth Services where he served as a coordinator of youth services and served as the Safe Harbor coordinator for Tompkins County, in which he was tasked to coordinate efforts to serve Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth. Francisco then went on to serve as the Director of Hard to Place Services at the William George Agency, a residential treatment facility for youth. Francisco returned to education to serve as the principal of George Junior Republic working with adjudicated youth and youth placed by counties across New York State. After his tenure at George Junior, Francisco transitioned to a position as a behavior specialist for the mid-state regional partnership center serving K-12 schools in the region. His time as a behavior specialist introduced him to more intensive equity work in schools and is proud to serve as an equity associate at Bank Street.
Equity Associate, Center on Culture, Race & Equity