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From Cuba to Baltimore

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Andrés Antonio Alonso

•Born: June 14, 1957, in Jovellanos, Cuba

•Personal: Single; one adopted son, Joel, 33

Residence: Fells Point

Education: Bachelor of Arts in history and English, Columbia University, 1979; Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School, 1982; Master of Education, Harvard, 1999; Doctor of Education, Harvard, 2006

Experience: corporate lawyer at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in New York City, 1982 to 1984; special education and English as a Second Language teacher in Newark, N.J., 1986 to 1998; superintendent's intern in Springfield, Mass., 1999 to 2000; chief of staff for teaching and learning at New York City Department of Education, 2003 to 2006; deputy chancellor for teaching and learning in New York, 2006 to 2007; CEO of Baltimore schools since July 2007

Screensaver: Montage of family photos

What's on his iPod: About 2,000 songs, many of them Cuban

Salary: $240,000, plus as much as $30,000 a year in performance-based bonuses