Jose Cruz of Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School

Jose Cruz, Principal, is shown above second on the right.

Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School, 207- 01 116TH AVENUE, QUEENS, NY 11411

Jose Cruz’s rap sheet is quite extensive and includes giving the most number of U-ratings in 2012, ordering teachers to “grade extremely leniently” Regents exams, passing students who cut class extensively, harassing parents and students, and filing 3020a charges against tenured teachers at his school.



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Out the Door

Happily, I am one of the many who left before he got to me. I pray for those left behind.

Free Agent

Huge staff turnover, violates contract at will, Has never granted tenure, now brings staff up on 3020A charges. Professionally and personally harasses students, has been brought to media’s attention, to no avail.

I no longer work there.


Still bullying people and violating contract at will

James Curtis Geist

I taught in NYC for 14 years, 7 at Park West, and 7 at the H.S. of Health Careers and Sciences. I have a book on Amazon and B&N web-sites entitled – MODERN AUGUSTINIAN CONFESSION – A memoir of a an urban pedagogue, minister and activist from Allentown Pa. It came out in early January of 2017.

It chronicles some of my experiences I had Jose Cruz as an A.P. at Park West. I chronicle about how he refused to give me a class set of notes, how he asked me to observe him, and I did with a written observation report that he did not care for. When he first came in to the Social Studies Department, some teachers said, “he is a nice guy.” I never believed that, and then when the “New Bully Principal in Queens” article came out, it confirmed my gut intuition.

It also chronicles how my other A.P. broke over 4-5 UFT contractual issues in taking me to 3020 arbitration, and still won the case. What a kangeroo court system. That is also chronicled in the book.


Strung along an untenured teacher who changed licenses. I think the person remained probationary for 6 years. Then discontinued the teacher. This was a seasoned teacher. He used and abused them and their experience then “poof” discontinued.


This guy called one teacher a “waste of funds”, and told another their class was “useless”. Prohibits any media (film, music, etc.) from class.

Has separate rules for certain teachers like you may only eat in cafeteria. Then held lunch meetings and asked why teachers x,y and z weren’t eating. He was reminded of his dictate.

Called Latino parents to tell them how we need to be careful of who we let teach our children. Asked if he count on their support in changing the staff. At least one parent called superintendent. Many told him off.

The list goes on and on.

He is still there ruining careers, and he does not care about students.


This man is a snake. He was the AP of Social Studies at Murry Bergtraum my first year of teaching. Teaching there was difficult enough. The kids, overall weren’t too bad but we had some difficult kids. Constantly berated and talked down to me. Treated the women in our department like second class systems. Told me I was “uppity” for speaking freely in our UFT Mentor PDs.

Honestly, I wanted to quit after my first year. When I read the news that he went off to be principal in Queens, I was overcome with so much joy. It was as if I was given a second chance and while I have had other bumps in the road, nothing compares to the horror of working under him that first year.

Of course, it doesn’t matter how many articles come out. Everyone who has worked with him knows how awful he is. But nothing will ever be done and that is sad.

Mind your business

He’s goneeeeee! He retired 02/01/2018!!

Shame on the DOE

Math and Science HS was a great school with hard working kids and teachers. This person came and ruined it. His twisted tactics and total disrespect towards teachers poisoned the learning environment. It is a shame that it took the DOE this long to retire him. Who is watching these admins and how did they get hired from the beginning?

The Andrew Jackson Campus Magnet High School is such a mess now. I am not sure a new principal can repair the harm that was done. She/He would have to get over the other psycho principals that are Cruz copy cats like Principal Kayode Ayetiwa.