Staff Spotlight: Ralph Calafiore-Associate Principal at Lefler Middle School

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Ralph Calafiore, associate principal at Lefler Middle School. 

“Mr. Calafiore has made a big impact in the lives of students, staff and parents by his ability to build strong connections. Mr. Calafiore receives frequent visits from past students and adults who were touched by his compassion and support over the years. His emotional intelligence and relationship building are a huge asset in his ability to help others. Mr. C is always grateful for any opportunity he has to help people succeed.”Lefler Middle School P.E. teacher Charlotte Ceballos.

How long have you worked for LPS?
I am in my 33rd year.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
When I was a sophomore in college, I was assigned to Bryan High School. That experience opened my eyes to the impact teachers can have on their students. 

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
Educators can make impressions on the minds of our young children that last a lifetime. If you can recall your favorite teacher giving you advice that changed the course of your life, you probably know the impact a teacher can have. Molding future generations, assisting in building personal philosophies and helping us understand essential skills for our adult lives are just a few ways an educator can impact society. 

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
I grew up in Hartford, Conn.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I received my master’s degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska. My first job was at Lefler teaching seventh-grade social studies and ninth-grade civics. 

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
The overall small-town feeling. When you meet someone new it seems like you always have a friend or acquaintance in common. 

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced you positively?
I absolutely loved “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
Mr. Martin! He was not only my ninth-grade math teacher, but he was also my football coach. He instilled a work ethic and always encouraged his students and his athletes to set goals and work hard to attain those goals. 

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Published: November 3, 2023, Updated: January 10, 2024

Ralph Calafiore—Associate Principal at Lefler Middle School