Since arriving at Lakeview, Antonio Roman has consistently opened the lines of communication with families and the community. He has spent countless hours working to bridge the communication gap with all students and families — but has made a significant impact with the school’s Hispanic community.
“Parents and families have become more involved with their child’s education because they now receive important information in a language in which they are most comfortable communicating,” said Assistant Principal Jackie Ihnenfeld. “Roman leads by example, and his consistent efforts to effectively communicate has helped to shift the climate and culture at Lakeview.”
What brought you to your school?
I got a call one day and was told that I was the new principal of Lakeview Middle School.
What do you love most about your school?
I love our caring teachers, amazing students and the historic building. I went to a K-8 school in Chicago, and the main building reminds me of that school.
What is your motivation?
I am motivated by learning new things, mentoring others and coming up with creative ways to making everyone feel as part of our Lakeview family.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students succeed. It is a great feeling when I see my students as adults following their dreams.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
(In) my spare time, I like to watch superhero movies and TV series (both Marvel and DC).
Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school? Why?
My favorite teacher was my high school chorus teacher, Mrs. Agosto. I went to high school in Puerto Rico. Her passion for music and culture was so contagious. She exposed us to so many experiences, from representing our school in the Orlando Music Festival to singing with the prestigious Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
Ever since I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I love educating and guiding people. It’s a great satisfaction when the light bulb turns on. When I was a kid, before my brother went to kindergarten, I taught him the basics that he needed to successful in school. I even taught him English, because he only spoke Spanish until he was 4.
What is your favorite children’s book and why?
My favorite children’s book is “The Giving Tree,” because it shows that you are not alone. There is always someone (who) cares for you and wants you to be happy. It can be your parents, friends, teachers … You are loved.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are bike riding, singing and dancing.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
This is a hard question, because I like many superheroes, but I would say I wish I could fly like Superman. I used to pretend I was Superman when I was a kid, tying a blanket around my neck. I would love to be able to fly so that I could get to places fast, not be stuck in traffic and see the nice views from high above.
If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
I can’t narrow it down to three artists, but my three favorite music genres are pop, merengue and salsa.
How long have you been at your school and with OCPS?
This is my first year at Lakeview, but I have been with OCPS since 2004.