Mr. Ciesla began his education career in Boston in 1999 as a teacher at the Boston Renaissance Charter School and the Michael J. Perkins School, before being appointed an assistant principal at the Mildred Avenue School.
He later served as a principal of two elementary schools in the Providence (R.I.) Public Schools for five years before joining nearby public schools as an elementary school principal in 2015.
Those who have worked with Mr. Ciesla speak of his dedication to changing student outcomes and his commitment to developing a strong and trusting school culture. He is regarded as having deep empathy for teachers and the work they do in classrooms each day.
Mr. Ciesla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.