Nicholas B. Rodriguez joined Corbett Prep as Head of School in July 2020 and brings to the position a wealth of experience in school leadership and administration, institutional advancement and International Baccalaureate education.
A progressive educator and administrator, Rodriguez believes in a school community focused on students first that prioritizes meaningful relationships and consensus-building toward a shared vision.
During his 19 years in private and independent schools, Rodriguez has served in nearly all roles throughout an institution, including Head of School, Assistant Head of School, administrator, teacher, coach and volunteer. He is a gifted leader who has exhibited proficiency and success as a senior administrator at three Tampa-area private schools, most recently as Head of School at Brandon Academy.
In his three years at Brandon Academy, Rodriguez led the development of a new IB program, oversaw multiple facility improvements, strengthened staff and community communication and boosted enrollment. Brandon Academy’s first high school class graduated under Rodriguez’s leadership, with 100 percent of seniors receiving acceptances to 4-year colleges.
Rodriguez served as Assistant Head of School at Carrollwood Day School for five years prior to Brandon Academy. He was an integral part of the administrative team at CDS that transformed the campus, including building the school’s first gymnasium and athletic complex, upgrading the early childhood campus and making numerous updates in the theatre and art department. His department’s special initiatives included rebranding the school’s athletics program, revamping admissions, implementing new marketing programs, and developing community partnerships.
In 2011, a year-long fellowship program at Corbett Prep, then Independent Day School, allowed Rodriguez the opportunity to hone his leadership skills. He studied leadership and curriculum, including Corbett Prep’s M.O.R.E. Model, under Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman. Prior to that, he was the Admissions and Advancement Director at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School from 2005 to 2011 where he guided admissions and development programs and multiple student life initiatives.
Rodriguez is a Tampa native – a graduate of Tampa Prep and the University of South Florida – and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Greenville University. As a former college athlete, Rodriguez has remained active in promoting health, wellness and athletics throughout his career. He is an award-winning high school baseball coach who guided his teams to multiple district championships, and he is gratified to see his alumni play at all levels around the country. He has coached varsity baseball, girls and boys basketball, and golf. His teaching experience includes health studies, American history and physical education.
He and his wife, Melanie, have two children, Xavier, 12, and Sloane, 8.
Rodriguez is thrilled to return to Corbett Prep to support and enhance the Corbett Prep educational experience for the entire school community.
Read the Board's announcement welcoming Mr. Rodriguez.