About Central Academy of Excellence
Central first opened its doors in 1884. As the school celebrates 129 years, the theme for the school year is "Raising the Bar". Central students are encouraged to work hard towards their educational and social goals in order to be successful in our highly competitive global society. The school colors are blue and white and the school's athletic teams are referred to as the "Eagles". Central has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students annually.
Anthony Madry, Principal
Anthony Madry is from Houston, Texas, where he attended elementary, junior high and high school (Houston Independent School District). Madry attended Texas Southern University receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications/Communication with a minor of Music. His next stop was Prairie View A & M University where he received his Master of Education Administration degree.
Professionally, Madry has worked on all three (3) levels of the public education system and the charter system spending the majority of his 19 year career focusing on the at-risk students of secondary education. He started his career as a long-term substitute teacher, working his way through different disciplines including band, finally finding his niche of special education where he began to understand each child’s challenge to learn and achieve. The quote, “Each child is given a package… It is up to us when he or she opens it”, drives him to address each child individually, examining their needs equally to assess their needs with equity.
Working with students with special needs came naturally to Madry where he used his experiences with his uncle who probably would have been diagnosed with intellectual developmental disorder by today’s definitions and standards. He was also a member of a handicapped Boy Scout Troop where many of the members had handicaps such as muscular dystrophy, scoliosis, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and Scout Master who was blind. His affection for this group didn’t end there… His senior project in college a public service announcement addressing the needs of the blind at Texas Southern University.
Having worked in an alternative educational placement setting with 100% of the population being categorized as special education, Madry developed an understanding of the need of addressing the individual student’s needs. This is an approach that Madry truly excels where the areas of Crisis Intervention (CIT), Response To Intervention (RTI) and the Individual Education Profile (IEP) is addressed campus-wide.
As an administrator, Madry has served as a Special Education Facilitator, Test Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal and Central Office Administrator. “A true leader develops leaders!” Madry will continue his efforts to develop leaders within the Central community with his staff and his students.
“Each child is given a package… It is up to us when he or she opens it”, - Unknown