Principal of the Week

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Every week, DNAinfo.com 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.

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.

Park Slope »

P.S. 124 Principal Summons Kids for Praise, Not Punishment

Principal Annabell Martinez strives to create a warm, nurturing environment for her students.

South Street Seaport »

School Founded by Blue Man Group Focuses on Creativity

Allison Gaines Pell has been principal of the South Street Seaport private school since 2012.

Central Harlem »

Principal Charles DeBerry Lives for His Job at Harlem's P.S. 76

Charles DeBerry is steadily helping P.S. 76 improve both its test scores and DOE assessments. 

Bed-Stuy »

Bed-Stuy Principal Helps Kids Deal With Real Life

Principal Celina Napolitano heads up a school that is dealing with poverty. 

Flatiron »

Baruch HS Principal Encourages Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning

Alicia Perez-Katz champions student-led parent-teacher conferences and a rigorous writing program.

Upper West Side »

Diana Diaz Believes Stern Reputation Helps Her Students Succeed

Diana Diaz rules over P.S. 241 with tough love, holding high standards but forging strong bonds. 

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