Jeffrey Villar is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He joined the organization in 2013. Prior to coming to CCER, Jeffrey spent 19 years of his career in Connecticut’s public education system–first as an educator and later as an administrator. Most recently, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Windsor, CT. Previously, he was Superintendent of Rocky Hill Public Schools and the Associate Superintendent for Meriden Public Schools. He also spent 5 years as a teacher for Hartford Public Schools. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s in History from the Eastern Connecticut State University, a Master’s in Education, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Mansfield, CT with his wife, Kelly, and his six children.
“As the son of a retired Elementary School Principal (who herself climbed from GED to multiple Masters Degrees all while raising a family) and a Cuban immigrant, I have seen firsthand the impact that education, opportunity, and hard work can have on individuals and their families. I know that the core values and beliefs shared with me as a child have impacted my career choice and provided me with the drive to ensure that other people are given the same opportunities. I have spent nearly two decades working to reform the educational system so that it meets the needs of every child, and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to continue to champion this work across the state of Connecticut. I know that every child has the innate capacity to learn and succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, or social economic status. And every child deserves an exceptional education, without exception.”