Albert R. Cauz was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, where his father was a professor of Spanish literature at Colby College. Mr. Cauz grew up in an atmosphere of lively academic energy.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Mr. Cauz studied Spanish literature at Boston College, graduating in 1983 and earned a master’s degree, also in Spanish literature, from Middlebury College in Vermont. He started his career as a university lecturer in Salamanca, Spain and took up an open position in the foreign languages department at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. There, Mr. Cauz found his true vocation. Working closely every day with high school students, teaching them, coaching their teams, living in their dorms, he realized he had found his natural home.
Since then, Mr. Cauz has devoted his career to independent schools, thriving in every aspect of school life – teaching, leading academic departments and coaching a variety of girls’ and boys’ sports including basketball, baseball and football. When he followed his future wife from southern California (where they both taught at the Cate School) to Massachusetts (where she enrolled in Harvard Medical School), Mr. Cauz’s career took a turn toward school administration at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
His first job as Head of School was at the Webb School in Tennessee, followed by his position as Head of School of the Baldwin School, an independent, Pre-K through Grade 12, English-speaking school in Puerto Rico. He became Head of School at Staten Island Academy in the 2012-2013 school year.