National Staff

Frank Caropelo

National Director, Center for High School Success

Frank’s 25-year career in education has included teaching high school social studies, environmental education in Yosemite National Park, 3rd, 5th and 8th grades in multilingual classrooms, serving as a specialist for English Language Learners, school principal, Title III director, and assistant superintendent. Frank has worked in rural and urban school districts ranging from 1500-50,000 students in Oregon, California and New York. He is completing his Ed.D. from Concordia University of Chicago, holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Vassar College and a master’s in Multicultural Education from California State University. 

Most recently, Frank served as the assistant superintendent of the Reynolds School District. During his tenure, on-time graduation rates increased by double digits for Latinx, Black/African American, and low-income students. Frank led implementation of 9th grade on-track strategies that resulted in reductions in course failure rates, out-of-school suspensions, and establishing ninth grade success teams. Frank is a member of Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Group on Graduation, the English Learner Advisory Group, and has served on many other state-level working groups. He has frequently presented on student achievement and dropout prevention strategies.

Frank and his family recently relocated to Northeast Portland after 15 years living on a 12-acre farm in the heart of the Willamette Valley. His two middle school aged children attend Portland Public Schools. Frank enjoys playing and coaching soccer and cheering from the North End at Timbers and Thorns games.


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