NEW YORK - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has appointed Carmen Farina as the next New York City schools chancellor.

The 70-year-old educator has a lengthy 40-year resume as a former teacher, principal and deputy chancellor. She's also a longtime advocate of early childhood education.

De Blasio says he chose Farina because of her commitment to creating a universal pre-K, prioritizing college and career readiness, and involving parents in education policy.

As a product of the city's public school system herself, Farina says she understands the experiences of many students. She's the daughter of immigrants from Spain, and was an English as a second language student when she started kindergarten in Brooklyn.