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Carlos Beato

Position: Founding Principal
School: International High School Langley Park
School District: Prince George's County Public Schools
City, State: Upper Marlboro, MD

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Carlos Beato was nominated by his colleague and last year's LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Winner, Keishia Thorpe.

Dr. Beato was born in a small, poor town in the Dominican Republic. His mother instilled in him core beliefs about the value of hard work and education at an early age. His mother moved with him to New York City at the age of five and has been very influential in his life, along with his teachers and Posse mentor at Middlebury College.

School posed many obstacles for Dr. Beato, and his educational experience in the United States was met with many challenges because he was a second language learner. This caused him to miss out on many opportunities that were available for other students because of his classification as an English Language Learner (ELL) and his undocumented status. However, this did not deter him from pursuing his education and becoming salutatorian in both his middle and high school graduation. As a first-generation student, he wanted to carry out the dream of his mother. This led him to earning a Posse scholarship, and he attended Middlebury College.

His struggles became pronounced when he was in high school and tried to apply for scholarships for which he knew he met all the requirements and was clearly eligible for, but for which his undocumented status posed a barrier to access. Dr. Beato was motivated more than ever to further his education in college, but would still experience barriers which made him unable to participate in study and travel abroad programs at first. He never gave up hope, and one day, his life drastically changed while at Middlebury College. He was able to get connected with the right people, who helped him to get an adjusted legal status in a short time, something his family tried to get for him for over 10 years.

Dr. Beato's main goal to study abroad was to learn more about the different school systems. He knew he wanted to go into the teaching profession after all the years he witnessed and observed many indifferences and inequalities and lack of opportunities for students like himself. He wanted to make a change the for generations behind him, so he became a New York Teaching Fellow. Shortly afterwards, he became a founding teacher at a new school close to the neighborhood in which he grew up in the Bronx. The school consisted of all immigrant students. He wanted to help them transition successfully through high school and into college, so he worked very hard to help every student in his school's first graduating class transition successfully into college. He was instrumental in giving students who experienced barriers to education, just like he did, a fair chance to be successful.

Early in his career, Dr. Beato had an impact on the lives of his students through his teaching. Later, he became an administrator, because he wanted to be able to advocate more for students and provide the necessary resources they need to succeed in their lives. Ultimately, Dr. Beato decided to start a school because of his passion for the kind of education ELLs receive.

When he got the opportunity to open a school mainly geared to serving English Language Learners, he jumped on it. He became the Founding Principal for International High School Langley Park.  This, too, was another hurdle for him. Dr. Beato moved from New York to start his school because it was in a community of people that needed this opportunity for their children. It was very much a community of people he could identify with - mostly Hispanic. The DC area has had a large influx of immigrants from Central America, so he saw a need where he could not only help students, but also help the communities and families there to grow. He took on the challenge of working with the community, which has been very disadvantaged in so many ways and for such a long time. He brought his experience and skill set to the county and operated under the core belief that “every student is able to learn, no matter what. As long as you provide the appropriate support and present opportunities where kids had not had them before, kids rise to the occasion and shine and meet and surpass people's expectations.”

Dr. Beato wanted to change the rhetoric around how people view English-Language Learners, which is from a deficit perspective. He lives by Nelson Mandela's philosophy that, “education is the most powerful thing that can change the world." His students view him as very compassionate, empathetic, and a good listener. Most of the students in his school have gone through trauma, PTSD, and reunification, so having those qualities associated with him is admirable. Every day, he teaches students to not take things for granted and the value of the education they are receiving.

Dr. Beato is constantly advocating for his students when it comes to trying to get a new building so they can access education the same way other students in his county do. Currently, his students and teachers don't have adequate resources. However, he has empowered his teachers, students, and parents to stand on the frontline of every Board of Education meeting, speaking out for social justice and the right to have a building that will better prepare the students for college and careers. Despite all of these struggles, Dr. Beato is very present, working with the school community and teachers inside the old buildings, which sometimes get very hot on hot days and colder on cold days. He looks at the bigger picture because his goal is to make sure all the English-Language Learners are able to be proficient speakers of English when they graduate. This year, Dr. Beato graduated the first group of seniors from his school.

While managing the daily operations of a new school and taking on its enormous challenges with a special population of students, Dr. Beato is at the end of his Doctoral studies. He is a doctoral student studying Cultural Responsive Practice in the Classroom, especially for Latino and Latina students, at the University of Maryland. In his school district, it is a huge undertaking, and his county also has a low percentage of English Language Learners graduating high school on time or at all. When Dr. Beato founded his school four years ago, only 46% of students in the county were graduating on time and within that, a small percentage of Latino students. He has been relentless in making sure students show up every day to a warm and welcoming environment, regardless of their struggles. As such, he has achieved over 93% attendance rate for all four years the school has been in operation. Out of the 71 senior students among the school's first class, 68 graduated. The other three students will be completing their credits over the summer with the hopes of graduating. Essentially, this would be the largest group of Latino, Latina, and Hispanic students that the county has graduated. The graduating class has also been offered over $6.7 million in merit awards to colleges and universities.

Some off Dr. Beato's big accomplishments are that he was a Pahara Next GEN Fellow, which is a program that selects education professionals who are innovating and working to close achievement gaps. Under his leadership, his small school’s soccer team has also surpassed expectations in the county for a new school competing with the best schools in the county. The team has been regional champions for two years in a row and has made it to the semi-final rounds. The track team has also been quite successful, making it to cross country and track and field state championships and being crowned regional champions as well. Under his leadership, Keishia Thorpe was named LifeChanger of the Year 2018-2019 Grand Prize Winner, and Christine Gilliard was a Teacher of the Year Finalist for the county. His students dominated the school county’s board awards for community service, come-back kid, artist student of the year, academic excellence, and leadership award. Even though he could not have done this by himself, he has hand-picked a team of teachers and staff whom he leads in such a way as to make sure all the students are successful.

Today, Dr. Beato is living his American dream. He wants to be the example he is trying to instill in his students. He says that living and breathing the American dream is the only way he can show them it is possible. This is exactly why Dr. Beato is a LifeChanger.



Comments (119)


P.Ennis Posted 4 months ago

good luck sir!

Alberto Catesta Posted 4 months ago

good luck on your nomination!

Kelyn Teresa Austed Posted 4 months ago

Dr Beato I totally hope you win you totally deserve it!

Rosa Melano Posted 4 months ago

Excellent principal , he totally deserves to win, good luck Dr Beato!

Benito Camela Posted 4 months ago

Dr beato always try to make students feel safe and I really hope he wins, good luck!

Elva Ginaso Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations for your domination and I hope you win you deserve it, always working hard and with a positive attitude.

Meardel Peson Posted 4 months ago

Dr beato always helping me with my problems and always making school feel safe for me!

Lalo Onganiza Posted 4 months ago

Very hard worker and always helping their students and teachers!

Yulissa A. Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Beato you are an amazing person , with a big heart for all of your students and staff members at our school. You inspire many of us to continue learning, and give us the chance to make a change in our lives by providing us a safety environment.

melqui funez Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations dr.beato

Tomas Turbado Posted 4 months ago

He's the best principal i could ask for, always looking forward to success!!

elver galarga Posted 4 months ago

He always look for my safety... and he always dress nicely

Silvia Flores Posted 4 months ago

I just to thank you for all the things you do for us! As well as, you are a great principal that's always looking the best of the best for our school. CONGRATS DOCTOR BEATO!

kinverly martinez Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Blessed, is an example to follow and know about his history makes many children and young people be inspired to continue forward and achieve their dreams, I congratulate you that despite everything he knew how to overcome himself and achieve his goals and dreams.

Anghy Iraheta Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Beato thank you for being a good principal you are amazing.

Juan Lino Andrade Posted 4 months ago

Thank you Dr.Beato for been a good principal :)

Ernesto Sanchez Posted 4 months ago

Congratulation!!

Daniel Posted 4 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Beato, thank you for being an amazing principal.

Amergit Nicolle Posted 4 months ago

Congrats!! God bless you.

Jose Lopez Posted 4 months ago

Yeah! You get this Doctor Beato.

Noti Duran Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato. Congrats. As a reminder. you are an inspiration to our children, the Latino community, and those who aspire to be change agents for our students predominantly our English Learners. Systems urgently need a culture shift and we desperately need leaders like you to transform education. Continue to make a difference. Thank you for your continued advocacy for equitable teaching and learning.

Jennifer Rivas Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato you are a great principal in our school. Thank you for making this safe community where we can have free education to have a better future you are also a good example to follow each day because one day you were an immigrant from a poor town too as most of your students and now you are the principal of our community we are proof of you Thank you for all.

Juan Chavez Posted 5 months ago

Well, your actions during your school years was impacting ourselves to express what education is really important to us, and sometimes you did well, while you graduate your first high school would be feeling excited. I know that something is like hard work can change your future and your life because on the other hand, you did well during your journey so good job and keep up the good work and make your mom very proud, god bless you!

Yoni Vasquez Posted 5 months ago

Dear Dr. Beato thank you for all the things that you have done for us. I know that it´s not easy to manage a school especially in this situation where the school is just growing.

Josue Ayala Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato is a great principal, he looks out for his students and he cares for the wellbeing of others. you are a great principal so thank you and congratulations.

Josue Cruz Posted 5 months ago

Good luck Dr.Beato and nice to hear about this.

Javan A. Posted 5 months ago

Dr Beato founded a school where i am getting a high school education in an environment that is much safer than the other schools in our area. Thank you for that, you have created a school that some students can even consider a second home.

Kevin Iraheta Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Beato, thank you for being an amazing principal.

Luis Corado Posted 5 months ago

I would like to say that Dr. Beato has been a great principal during all these years of school when I started at this school I didn't know any English after this four year this school I have learned a lot of a new language I feel proud of you and your hard work god bless you, Dr. Beato.

Tiffany Cardenas Posted 5 months ago

You are an inspiration for most of the students in this school, even though most of us get in your nerves we appreciate everything you have done for us. You are a great principal, you deserve the best. Congratulations Dr.Beato!!

Yoselin Colindres Posted 5 months ago

Good Luck Dr. Beato! I know you deserve this because of all your effort and hard work that you have gave to your school. I hope all your dreams come true. God Bless you and your family. <3

Eimy Wilson Posted 5 months ago

Dear mr beato you are a very hard worker principle that cares and wants the best for the entire school.

Rocio Murcia Posted 5 months ago

Thank you for striving for other people to have a better education.

Santos Munoz Posted 5 months ago

I highly appreciate what you have done for me, and all the students in the school. You are always supportive and caring.

Lorena Perez Carranza Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato, you are a great persona that work to provide opportunities to students. Also, thanks to believing in all the students of IHSLP.

Emiliano Posted 5 months ago

Good morning.

Misael Posted 5 months ago

Good luck!

Wilson Posted 5 months ago

I would say to you Dr.Beato you are one of the most important person I've ever meet in my short life. Myself being an immigrant in a new land with a complete different culture and a new language which I had to learned was a really hard duty for to accomplish at the beginning of my first days in America. Dr.Beato you forms part of my life and my personal development which means that you opened me the doors to be part of which now is our Langley school community, although you saw in me a different person compare who I am now. I might not be the best student but you gave the opportunity to be part of our beautiful school, which has allowed me to continue with my education, and which has also shaped me in a better person than the one I was before. I am so grateful with God firstly because he has blessed my way by putting wonderful people like you, you really deserve this award because of you're hard work, patience, and perseverance with which you have gotten to changed many life. God bless you always and forever. I'm proud of you.

Christine Gilliard-Arthur Posted 5 months ago

Since the opening of our school in 2015, I have admired the drive and passion that Dr. Beato has for his staff and students. I know firsthand the stigma that often comes with being a physical educator. Physical educators are far too often overlooked in the educational community. We are merely a place for sports and recreation, and the “real learning” only happens in core content classrooms. Dr. Beato is unlike any school leader I have ever met in that he firmly believes in educating the whole child. I know that my vision for what physical education can and should look like in a 21st-century high school is a shared vision, and I consider myself beyond blessed to work alongside a principal who unequivocally supports the idea that “healthy active students make better learners.”

Lovely Rose Fantilanan Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato is very passionate in making great impact and changing the lives of our ELL students both personally and professionally. Through his effort, our first graduates last year received millions of dollars in grants and scholarships. Words cannot begin to describe how thankful I am for the work he does as a school principal. His ability to empathize with the students and constant belief in us -the staff- inspires us all to learn new things. Dr. Beato is definitely a life charger!!!

Heyzel Padilla Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato, you are an amazing principal who is always on top of everything that will benefit the entire school. Thank you so much for always give us support and be an inspiration for our school. You have work hard to provide us opportunities to be successful.

Genet Tuke Posted 5 months ago

Thank you Dr.Beato.for all hard working that you do for as.

denis perdomo Posted 5 months ago

Doctor Blessed you are a good person in all things and thanks for your apollo.

Marcelo Alejandro Mendez Lopez. Posted 5 months ago

Doctor beato usted es un buen personaje y también gracias por su apolo y podemos confiar con usted por que no podemos ablar en inglés y usted no puede ayudar en algo y gracias por todo.

Adonay Asgedom Posted 5 months ago

Dr Beato is a great hard working principle.

Maybelline Caceres Posted 5 months ago

Congratulation Dr.Beato you inspire us to keep doing our work and to help each other thank you for starting this school for us and helping us think about our future.

Selvin Ramirez Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations! Dr.Beato for all the obstacles that you have to pass an order to succeed in your goals and get at this point. He is an awesome person and inspired a lot of students and teachers to succeed in their goal and don't give up.

Arlyn Reyes Posted 5 months ago

Carlos is the best principal in the world.

William Rodas Molinas Posted 5 months ago

Doctor Beato is a great principal! He makes good decisions in our school including making sure all students are safe and support students to follow the expectations to be a strong community. I am thankful that he created IHSLP. I can graduate high school in 2023!

Kasy Rivas Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato is an excellent principal for his performance and administration at school so that all students can do something better with the school and meet our goals.

Antony calderon Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Blessed You are a good director, so happy because it gives you opportunities for young people like me who do not save English and be able to defend ourselves and be able to look for a good job and I will always grade you.

Josue Diaz Posted 5 months ago

Good luck Dr.Beato you are the best principal.

Arlyn Reyes Posted 5 months ago

Carlos is the best principal in the world.

jenny Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato is a very excellent principal, he's always supporting every student in the school. He wants us to success in life have a good future. I consider him as an wonderful principal.

Carlos Aldana Posted 5 months ago

Congratulation Dr.Beato thank you for make safe the school.

jose rosa Posted 5 months ago

Good Luck, Dr. Beato

Josue Diaz Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato is the best principal and he support us with all of problems.

Adrian Contreras Posted 5 months ago

Dr Beato is a good principal because he cares about us and always wants the best for us.

Maybelline Herrera Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations Dr. Beato!

Fernanda V Posted 5 months ago

hello Dr.Beato During my short life I have been able to study in many schools but upon arriving at IHSLP and meeting the principal understanding that he is one of the best principals I have had, thank you for caring for each of your students.

John Stuart Gordon Posted 5 months ago

Although I have only been a student teacher at IHSLP for a few weeks, the positive impact that Dr. Beato has had on his students and the community has already become apparent. From my first day here, I have seen the care that he has for his students as well as the high standards that he holds them too. His actions show that he truly believes his students can accomplish whatever they put their minds to, and that he will always be there to provide them whatever support they need.

merlin cordova Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato support me to become the best student I can be, that's why I believe he is the best principal in all prince george county.

Jocelyn Padilla Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations! Dr.Beato you are the best principal because it gives students the opportunity to study and you also inspire us to be someone better.

Shoaib Noorzai Posted 5 months ago

Dr.Beato is the best principle.

Oscar Barrientos Posted 5 months ago

congratulation Dr. Beato congratulations on your achievements. You are a great example for me since as a Hispanic you know how difficult it is to learn English but you never give up.

Errik Samuel Rodriguez Colon Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations I wish you the best we love you.

elian lazo Posted 5 months ago

Gratulations Dr Beato to be a amazing Principal.

oscar Martinez Posted 5 months ago

good job

Cecilia Obando Posted 5 months ago

I get to see first hand how passionate Dr. Beato is about education. Helping all the students succeed and obtaining a chance to go beyond a high school education is his goal. Working with him as the leader of our school give me so much pride because he is a real example to follow.I admire all his knowledge. His door is always open to assist all the students, families and staff that approach him. I must say that his example of a true leader help others believe in their self to achieve any goal. Dr. Beato is defiantly a life changer.

Rocio Abigail Guevara Posted 5 months ago

An Awsome person and will always a give you an Advice.

Cecilia Obando Posted 5 months ago

I get to see first hand how passionate Dr. Beato is about education. Helping all the students succeed and obtaining a chance to go beyond a high school education is his goal. Working with him as the leader of the our school give me so much pride because he is a real example to follow.I admire all his knowledge. His door is always open to assist all the students, families and staff that approach him. I must say that his example of a true leader help others believe in their self to achieve any goal. Dr. Breato is defiantly a life changer.

Michelle Cruz Gavino Posted 5 months ago

Congratulation! Dr.Beato. Thank you for everything you have done for the school. Thank you for making me feel safe in the school, this by not lead gangs to stay in school. Thank you for trying to change our life by provide us many opportunities, base on this I know I can go forward. Thank you for always guiding us about our future, I know that not all people would do that. Thank you for thinking in our space and try to convert something that looks bad, to be our second home.

Yerlin Alvarado Posted 5 months ago

Congratulations on the award, also thanks for the help you have given to each of us.

Jose Campos Posted 5 months ago

A great persona who has helped me before with my problems. He has given me so many advices.

jane-zanga Posted 5 months ago

Thank you Dr.Beato for all hard working . You are very a great person so congratulation to you

Monique Rivera Posted 5 months ago

Thank you for providing an excellent environment for teacher support and collaboration! I wish you all the luck in the world!

Atifa razmal Posted 5 months ago

Thank you Dr.beato

Sadaf Ahmadi Posted 5 months ago

Thank you Dr.Beato for all you hard working that you do for as.

Mary Grace Pagharion Posted 5 months ago

Dr. Beato always inspire not just the students in his school but also the entire staff. He is always pushing for MORE and expect the BEST outcome for every task. These expectations turn students to become advocates not just for themselves but also for others, thus imapcting the community as a whole. Staff become experts of their own field of discipline with his guidance and support. Whenever he sees potential, he won't stop pushing till you succeed. Good luck to you Dr. Beato! You have not just positively impacted the people in your school but also the entire commmunity! Continue to be a person you are! All the BEST!

Loken Rai Posted 5 months ago

You are very humble and great person, congratulation for the nomination.

yesli Posted 5 months ago

Good luck :)

Paula Amadeo Posted 5 months ago

Good Luck, Dr. Beato!

Nancy Rosas Posted 11 months ago

I met Carlos almost 5 years ago when we embarked on a journey to open the International High School at Langley Park. From the moment I first met him it was clear that Carlos is an extraordinary person filled with purpose, passion and drive to create opportunity for English Language Learner (ELL) students. But his commitment doesn't stop there. Carlos is the type of leader that knows that in order to create a supportive and effective learning environment for students that both challenges them and leverages their strengths you must also do the same for the school staff that work with those students and he has designed his school accordingly. Moreover the opportunities his school provides are more than academic. At IHSLP the vast majority of his students are involved in enrichment activities including sports and clubs something which was exceeding rare for ELL students in the county before this school opened. He grants students, staff and partners alike opportunities to continue to shape this very special school community. One of my favorite examples of this is the student-led tutoring and mentoring program which was launched as the brainchild of Orlin, one of the founding students at his school. As the Regional Director for the Internationals Network in DC, I am proud of the work Dr. Beato and his staff do for students every day and I am grateful for his willingness to open his doors to other school partners so that they may learn from the great work happening at IHSLP.

lesma watkis Posted 11 months ago

Along life's journey, we meet many people, but few inspire us to dream and grow into becoming. Carlos, I am so proud of your accomplishments. Looking forward to the continuous contribution that you will make as an educator. You are changing lives! Lesma

Arnold Somera Posted 11 months ago

Mr. Beato and I worked together for 4 years now. We are both founding staff at the International HS @ Langley Park. I would say he is one of the most organized principal I have ever worked with. He knows how to run the school despite that he's a newbie to the principal position. In addition, Mr. Beato advocates for students' language development by teaching us how to incorporate literacy strategies like the anticipation guide, concept map, vocabulary development, and annotation. Moreover, he is a person who treats you as a family with a big heart. Mr Beato deserves to win because he is indeed a life changer for us, his staff and all students.

Carolyn Ferrari Posted over a year ago

I met Mr Beato almost 3 years ago. The impact he has had on the lives of his students and staff is beyond compare. He is a compassionate, dedicated and impassioned leader. He has lead the International High School at Langley Park first graduating class to an unbelievable acceptance rate to college. His dedication to the students and staff goes beyond what you see in other leaders. He instill a “yes you can” attitude in all students and staff. This nomination is well deserved. Mr Beato is a life changer indeed.

Jose Posted over a year ago

I hope you win Mr.Beato you are a awesome person and you are someone that had helped me a lot.

Alfa Aquino Posted over a year ago

Carlos is one of the most influential educators I’ve ever met. His dedication towards the well-being of his students, his staff and school community is always priority. I met Carlos in his capacity of a teacher about eight years ago and since then, I’ve been able to witness his growth personally and professionally. It is without a doubt that Carlos Beato deserves this recognition for all the lives he has been able to impact in such a positive way. Carlos, your integrity, consistency and resilience have made you the person that you are today. I’m very proud of you!

Paula Amadeo Posted over a year ago

Mr. Beato is a visionary leader who is changing the trajectory of students' lives. He is constantly looking for opportunities for students and staff to challenge themselves to grow. He is willing to try and to pilot new ideas. He looks for ways to work around obstacles for students so that they receive the quality education they deserve, no matter the circumstances. He has pushed me professionally to a level I never thought I would reach. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Beato as our school leader. He is truly a life changer to all!!!

Pierina De La Cruz Posted over a year ago

Future Dr. Carlos Beato, couldn’t think of a better title than Life Changer Of The Year!! It’s so fitting, he is beyond smart, caring, dedicated, wise, patient, resourceful, and passionate not only about the field of education, but about everything that’s important to him. He has transformed the lives of everyone he has worked with including his students, colleagues, and friends. At the moment, he is the most DESERVING educator of this title that I can think of. Well done, Dr. Beato!! ??

Anita Walls Posted over a year ago

Carlos, you are so deserving of this recognition! You live each day as the epitome of “Life Changer” for all of the students and staff you lead everyday! Your relentless focus on dismantling racism and ensuring every student has access to a high quality education is to be commended! I’m so proud of you and excited as you continue being a change agent for students!

LaTonya Williams Posted over a year ago

Carlos congratulations on your nomination. Mr. Beato’s commitment to excellence and dedication to equity and equality makes him so deserving of this award. He continues to raise the bar through leadership, advocacy, and service that impacts the students, teachers, and the community he serves each year. Carlos is a LIFE CHANGER!

Lisa Marie Posted over a year ago

Since the day I met Carlos Beato, I knew he was a force to reckon w/ because of how graciously he showed up every single day in service of his beliefs around how much his students can accomplish w/ the right resources and support. I then had the opportunity to work under his leadership & it was such a pivotal point in my career—to be seen, valued, & pushed professionally. I am grateful to have worked w/ such a caring, dedicated, passionate, & hard-working individual. This nomination is well-deserved. I look forward to continue hearing about all the lives he’s touched & changed.

Mr. Danhi Posted over a year ago

Dr. Beato Is a dedicated and hard worker, who is always there for the students and staff. Despite his busy schedule, he always make time to listen. CONGRATULATION!

George Arnold Posted over a year ago

Mr. Beato works tirelessly to contribute to changing the lives of everyone in his school's community. Mr. Beato truly deserves this award for the extent of the effort he puts towards education. The innovations that happen at this school, the way it is run, and his willingness to try anything he can to make positive change happen is the ideal representation of what it means to be a Lifechanger.

Nancy Canales Posted over a year ago

Carlos Beato is an exceptional human being. He inspires all those around him and he understands that leadership is a skill that must constantly be developed. As he develops himself, he also pushes every student, teacher, and colleague to reach their full potential. Anyone who interacts with Mr. Beato is forever impacted by his energy and commitment. I am lucky to have met him and to continue to work in partnership with him in the IHSLP community.

Jeimy Amaya Posted over a year ago

Mr. Beato truly changed my life when he hired me to work at IHSLP! The team he has created at this school is unrivaled. I have never worked at a place where everyone feels like family, and we truly look out for each other. This would not have been possible without Mr. Beato's knowledge, leadership, and example. If you ask any teacher who works under him, they will tell you that his commitment to change is what drives him everyday. He is always looking for ways to support our students and teachers. He makes sure to build relationships with each student and knows their needs. In my one year here, I have noticed his dedication to excellence and to changing the lives of our students. There is no one more deserving of this title than Mr. Beato!

Clara Allsup Posted over a year ago

Mr. Beato is an inspirational leader for both staff and students in our school. He understands our population on the deepest level, and the passion he has for his work shines through every day. As a first year teacher, I felt fully supported and empowered being one of his staff members. He listens to us, believes in us, challenges us, and treats us like family. I cannot imagine working with any other principal, and he has certainly changed my own life. Thank you for everything, Mr. Beato!

Billy Shulman Posted over a year ago

Carlos goes above and beyond to help not only his students but his staff. He pushes people out of their comfort zone and empowers them to make decisions. Carlos's drive and determination are contagious and motivate others, including me, to be better teachers and leaders. Carlos deserves to be recognized as a Life Changer.

Ms. Marilag Posted over a year ago

Mr.Beato is a very humble principal and an extremely empathetic individual. He works exceptionally hard for the school, is well loved by the students and fully appreciated by his teachers and staff due to his profound dedication towards the profession. He is indeed a perfect example of a lifechanger.

JACOB SCOTT Posted over a year ago

Mr. Beato, Congratulations on the well deserved nomination. You are a true life changer and it has been a pleasure being a part of the team being being built here at IHSLP.

Mary Grace Pagharion Posted over a year ago

I am one of the people he affected with his great leadership qualities! He inspired me to be the Best that I can be! He is a leader who takes care of his charge. Go forth Mr. Beato! I for one is here to support you all the way!

Ian Smith-Overman Posted over a year ago

I have worked as a teacher with Mr. Beato for the past two years at IHSLP and I witnessed first hand his commitment to the field of education and changing lives for immigrant students here in the state of Maryland. Through his continued studies Mr. Beato is constantly learning best practices and then working to implement them with his students and fellow educators at our school. Mr. Beato expects the best from his students, his staff and himself. As others have said, he works tirelessly on the behalf of a high need population whose challenges he knows first hand. The opportunities of education represent life changing potential and the work of Mr. Beato as well as his own story exemplify this reality.

Ed Posted over a year ago

Carlos is a phenomenal leader who inspires greatness from his staff, students, and community. He works tirelessly to ensure his students have opportunities to be successful in school and post-secondary options. It is a pleasure to work with such a leader.

Springpoint Posted over a year ago

Dr. Beato is an inspirational leader to those in our network, his own community, and well beyond. He has thoughtfully designed and implemented a new school model that specifically serves his unique set of students. He is certainly changing lives in his community and the insights and expertise that he shares with the wider education field will continue to change lives in countless ways. We are deeply grateful to work with Dr. Beato and his school!

Daniel Sass Posted over a year ago

Carlos is an excellent educator and a great boss, but more importantly, he is a great person. I’m proud to call him a colleague and a friend, and I can think of no one more deserving of the title of “Lifechanger of the Year.”

AHB Posted over a year ago

I’m so proud of you Carlos! Your dedication to the students you serve is simply undeniable. I know this is just the beginning of all you’ll do!

Amanda Posted over a year ago

Dc. Beato definitely deserves this award and so much more. He is the definition of a life changer. Beato is so much more than a school principal, his more like a role model, someone to look up too. He has a relatable background and very similar to all of his students and with which I as one of his past students can identify with and just seeing who far he has gotten is very inspirational. He truly managed to run a school were every single student feels comfortable and safe ready to learn and makes then feel like they are part of a community/family that everyone can be a part of. For this and much more he deserves the Life Changer of the Year Award.

Maria Berroa Posted over a year ago

Dr Beato, You deserve this award and much more, your constant work on helping the kids is amazing. He is an excellent teacher, person and friend. I'm proud of you!

Jonathan Tiongco Posted over a year ago

Dr. Beato is an incredible leader, colleague, and human being! It’s an honor to work and collaborate with him. All the best!

Evelyn liriano Posted over a year ago

Extremely proud of you. You continue to change the life of others to lead them to a better future! You are such a hard working and smart person! Continue to be the leader that you are today so that there are more leaders! You are making us proud!

Maria Burdiel Posted over a year ago

This is a well deserved nomination. This is the price for all your hard work and being an inspiration in others people lives.

Arlene Peguero Posted over a year ago

Carlos is truly deserving of this award. He is not only a role model for his students but also an inspiration to his peers to strive for more and achieve what may seem impossible.

Maria urena Posted over a year ago

Carlos deserve to win that couse he is a very hard working ,extremely care about other people very educated profesional ,inspiring He fallow his dream same he was a kids and he went up by dedication efforts sacrifice and very hard work sorry about my inglish spelling very proud of him.

Elaine Angueira Posted over a year ago

Dr. Beato can be best described as an inspirational leader. He has a unique way of motivating teachers and students alike to work hard, keep a positive focused attitude and socially responsible. Dr. Beato has earned this award because he had built a strong successful academic community within his school walls despite the odds that his students’ newcomer population are currently facing! Respectfully, Elaine Angueira Assistant Principal Bronx International High School

Nataly Posted over a year ago

I have watched carlos work tirelessly his entire life to improve/change the lives of those around him. I can not think of a time where i was not inspired or moved by his actions, hard work and dedication. He is continuously working on growing himself and furthering his knowledge in order to better serve and empower those around him. He has a huge hear and truly genuinely is on a mission to impact the lives of these children and the community he serves. He has been in their shoes before and does not take their success lightly, he cares about their futures as if they were his kids and that is truly admirable. Everything he has done and is doing is admirable and inspirational. The world, our youth, the future, everyone need’s more people like carlos.

Raymond Ratti Posted over a year ago

Dr Beato is such a role model and inspiration to many of us aspiring to reach our dreams. I wish that young and dynamic professionals such as Dr. Beato continue to reacieve support and opportunities to continue to expand their reach to those in need. He will be the ideal recipient for this award

Lesly Posted over a year ago

Dr. Beato has been my fearless leader from the very first day we started summer planning in 2015 at IHSLP. He has led by example. He modeled what it looks like to pursue lifelong goals as he obtained his Doctorate from the University of Maryland, and he was open and honest with both students and faculty members as he shared his doctorate journey. He told us what it was like for him to go from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx to Middlebury College in Vermont to the New York City Department of Education to right here at IHSLP. And he never stopped inspiring us, all of us, even when we might have appeared too tired or too frustrated for inspiration. He is definitely a life changer.

Marilene Beato Posted over a year ago

Carlos has always been passionate about assisting individuals with their education and helping the community to think beyond what’s normal for society . Carlos assisted my cousins and I achieve excellence in school all the time . Great to have a great leader in the community with his intelligence and ability to help everybody regardless of color , sex, gender .