Evelyn Pizarro was born in New York City and raised in Buffalo, New York. Evelyn is the second oldest of six (6) children raised by Angel and Illumida Munoz who came to the Buffalo Region in the late forties to work on the farms. Evelyn graduated from Grover Cleveland high school and was accepted into the University of Buffalo. While in college, Evelyn met her husband to be, José C. Pizarro, from NYC. They were married on November 21, 1971. Evelyn and José have been married for 43 years and they have 3 children; Eva the oldest, Nadia and their son Christopher. They have 4 grandchildren; Anthony, Julian, Antonio and their little Peanut Arianna. They have a great grandson little Anthony.
Evelyn graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1973 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and in 1977 received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Buffalo State College. She also possesses her Masters in Education Administration (2000) from Buffalo State College.
Evelyn was in the education system for 10 years before her appointment to Principal of Early Childhood Center #12 in 1990. Evelyn was the First Hispanic female appointed to the position of Principal in the Buffalo School System.
Before her appointment to Principal Evelyn taught 8 years at P.S. #33 and then transferred to Early Childhood Center #36 on the Westside of Buffalo where she became the Project Coordinator. In 1987 she was promoted to Assistant Principal of Academic Academy #6 and in 1990 became the Principal of Early Childhood Center #12. In 1991 her services were needed on Buffalo’s West Side where she was appointed Principal of Community School #77 in the heart of the Hispanic Community. Evelyn was there for 10 years before her appointment to her last position as Principal of D’Youville Porter Campus School #3. Evelyn retired from the Board of Education in January of 2008.
After retirement Evelyn worked as Project Director of a 21st Century after school program servicing students in grades 6 to 12 at The Belle Center. The Center is located on Busti Avenue and Maryland Street on Buffalo’s Lower West Side. Evelyn is presently working as the Senior Coordinator at The Belle Center – Creating activities for the Senior Citizens.
In 2000 Evelyn was elected to the Women’s Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the children and families of Buffalo and Western New York. The Women’s Hall of Fame is located at Buffalo States Penny
Evelyn has always been involved with her Community and with Children – Some of her involvement are; Tiana’s 74 Hispanic Women’s softball team, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Hispanic Women’s League, Pueblo Buffalo TV on Channel 7 cooking show, Board of Directors of Health Systems Agency of Buffalo, Buffalo Prep Program, Calle 7 Puppet Company, Buffalo Erie County Library Board. Evelyn presently serves on the Belmont Housing Corporation Board and Project Flight.