Born in Madrid, Jose “Pepe” Rodelgo-Bueno attended the Air Force Academy and completed a Bachelor in Aeronautics. He served as an Air Force Captain and was awarded the Cross of Merit. Then, he attended the State University of Madrid and earned a Doctorate in Economics with specialization in Education.
From 2002 to 2006, Pepe lived in Puerto Rico, where he was the School Administration Graduate Program Coordinator at the University of the Sacred Heart, and Professor of Economics at the State University of Puerto Rico. In 2004, he published his book Empresariado Social (Social Entrepreneurship).
In 2006, Pepe moved to Miami and became the Executive Director for Inner City Schools of the Archdiocese of Miami. In 2010, he earned a Post Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida International University and joined the faculty of St. Brendan High School, where he founded the International Program. In 2012, he published his second book, The Teachers Will save U.S.
After many years educating university and high school students, on March 15, 2012, he was appointed Principal of St. Brendan High School.
Pepe has served on various boards, including the Archdiocese of Miami Principals’ Advisory Council and the Florida International University Educational Leadership Advisory Council. He is a certified Florida Clinical Educator and holds a Florida Professional Educator Certificate in Educational Leadership and Social Studies. He has also served as a Cognia (AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation review member.
Pepe is a member of the Catholic movement CL, founded by Monsignor Luigi Giussani, an Italian Servant of God whose process of canonization was opened in 2012.
An avid sportsman, Pepe has played soccer his entire life and competed in track at the college level. Pepe can often be seen enjoying other leisure sports such as sailing, swimming, and riding his bicycle to school. He studied six languages, fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. He enjoys attending retreats, athletic games, charitable work, and field trips with students, sharing his faith and time with them.
From the Principal