Dr. Sito Narcisse personally understands the challenges of being a young student trying to learn English and living between two cultures, while navigating the American public education system. The son of Haitian immigrants, Dr. Narcisse’s family moved to Long Island, NY, in the pursuit of a better life for him and his siblings.
As an English language learner, Dr. Narcisse traversed the social and academic obstacles that confront millions of new American students today. His success as a student led him to enroll at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Building on the strengths of knowing two languages, Dr. Narcisse graduated with a degree in French and pursued a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in Secondary Education. Dr. Narcisse began his teaching career as a French teacher in Williamson County Public Schools (TN). Doctoral studies led him to the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Narcisse has been a teacher, a principal—opening a high school in Pittsburgh Public Schools and leading turnaround efforts in Boston Public Schools, a Director of School Performance and Acting Chief School Improvement Officer for Montgomery County Public Schools (MD), and an Associate Superintendent overseeing school improvement efforts for 74 schools in Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD). During his tenure in Prince George’s County Public Schools, the district had its highest growth in graduation rates for the state of Maryland, and he opened two English Language Learner schools in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools and Carnegie Foundation.
Currently Dr. Sito Narcisse serves as the Chief of Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN). He is second in command of the 88,000-school system and supervises all 169 schools including traditional public, charter, and specialty schools. During his tenure, Dr. Narcisse has opened an Early College with Nashville State Community College where students receive both a high school diploma and an associate degree. In addition, he has brought STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to middle schools to create quality programming. More importantly, Dr. Narcisse has increased academic performance for grades 2-8 in the areas of reading and math based on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. Dr. Sito Narcisse has worked to improve some of the most challenging schools in the state of Tennessee known as bottom 5% schools or priority schools. In Fall 2018, it is projected that 2 of those schools will no longer be at priority status due to the academic growth of students. Lastly, Dr. Narcisse has worked with the Tennessee Department of Education to create an Equity Playbook, in partnership with the Wallace Foundation and Council of Great City Schools, to help states develop strategies to improve challenging schools which will be released in Summer 2018. His laser-like focus on creating equitable schools has resulted in improved graduation rates, creating high quality programs, building community partnerships with faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, universities, legislators, and foundations to support public education.
Dr. Narcisse has an abiding commitment to the pursuit of educational equity. His career as a school and district leader demonstrates continuous focus on ensuring that all students have access to the resources and support they need to be successful in school, life, and their communities.
Dr. Sito Narcisse is married to Dr. Maritza Gonzalez and has a 10-year-old daughter, Leila Narcisse.