Shael Polakow-Suransky

Shael Polakow-SuranskyShael Polakow-Suransky became the eighth president of Bank Street College of Education on July 1, 2014. Prior to this role, he was the second-in-command at the New York City Department of Education, serving as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor. In the nation’s largest school system, Shael oversaw teaching and learning across more than 1,600 district schools and was a strong advocate for teacher and principal autonomy, balanced accountability, and reforms designed to improve learning experiences for the City's most vulnerable students.

Earlier in his career, Shael worked as a teacher and founding principal of Bronx International High School. He holds a BA from Brown University, where Ted Sizer was his mentor, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street. He is the first alum to serve as Bank Street’s president.

President's Staff

John Borden
Senior Advisor to the President

Jackson Kytle
Senior Advisor to the President

Regina Wright is the Executive Assistant to the President. Before joining Bank Street in 2014, Regina supported the Senior Executive Leadership Team in the Human Resources Department at Citigroup. Regina has over 15 years of experience in senior-level administrative roles, including serving as the Executive Assistant to the General Auditor at MetLife. Regina also has experience as a project coordinator and office manager.

Regina is currently pursuing her degree in Organizational Psychology at University of Phoenix in an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program.