Principal of the Week

About this feature

Every week, goes straight to the principal's office. Our neighborhood reporters sit down with the heads of New York City's public and private schools to discuss their educational philosophies and the challenges they face.

Upper West Side »

Manhattan School for Children Principal Encourages Learning By Doing

The principal said project-based learning is at the center of the K-8 school's mission. 

SoHo »

Principal Remains in the Classroom at Elisabeth Irwin High

Ruth Jurgensen said she teaches students to love learning, not just ace standardized tests.

Upper East Side »

East Side Middle School Creates a Community for Students and Parents

Principal David Getz's goal is to create great citizens who give back to their communities.

Midtown East »

Tiny Private High School Gives Students Individualized Education

The intimacy of the 80-student Beekman School helps teachers focus on the needs of each teen.

Upper West Side »

Principal Known as a 'Builder' to Expand Alexander Robertson School

The private elementary school will be expanding in the coming years under new leadership. 

Inwood »

Focus on Teachers Pays Off For Inwood Middle School Leadership

Dr. Salvador Fernandez and his team have turned a once-struggling school into a model of success.

Tottenville »

Principal Uses Instagram for Class Lessons in Bid to Be More Tech-Savvy

Totten Intermediate School 34 Principal John Boyle also encourages his students to use iPads in class.

Astoria »

Expanding Green Charter Looks to Increase Options in Queens

Growing Up Green Charter School, founded by Matthew Greenberg, will expand to a middle school next year.

Jackson Heights »

Principal Readies Civics-Minded School for More Space

Sharon Terry is getting ready for the new annex at I.S. 230.

Fort Greene »

Principal Brings School Back From the Brink of Closure

P.S. 67 was targeted for closure by the city in 2012 but is now on the upswing.

Lower East Side »

Lower East Side High School Plans IT Career Program

The principal of University Neighborhood High School said she wants a technology program by fall 2015.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

Amid Controversy, Head of UWS Charter Keeps Focus on Kids

Principal Carolyn Roby heads Success Academy on West 84th Street.

Forest Hills »

Principal Focuses on Emotional and Intellectual Development at P.S. 101

The School in the Gardens has a special “social-emotional” curriculum.

Upper West Side »

Principal Aims to Take Rodeph Sholom to the Next Level

Jerrold Katz started this year as the new head and is working to raise the school's profile.