Principal of the Week

Upper West Side »

Energetic Young Principal Builds Progressive UWS Middle School

Marlon Lowe of Mott Hall II believes in student-directed learning, not lecture-driven classes. 

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.

Financial District »

New 'Montessori-Infused' FiDi School Aims to Create 'World Citizens'

The director of the Pine Street School explains how it develops "internationally-minded" students.

Morrisania »

Bronx Principal Praises School's Culture of 'Educating the Whole Child'

Principal Hazel Joseph-Roseboro is a former student and teacher at University Heights High School.

East Williamsburg »

East Williamsburg Principal Introduces Students to the World Beyond School

Principal Sandra Noyola believes in providing emotional, social and intellectual growth for students.

Central Harlem »

How a Harlem Principal Turned Around a Problem School

Nadva Zeimer and his staff work with at-risk students at Harlem Renaissance High School.

Chelsea »

Meet the Principal Bringing Big Ideas to Chelsea's Newest School

Pat Carney, who has a background in business, taught at P.S. 234 before opening Sixth Avenue Elementary.

Upper West Side »

West Prep's New Principal Sets High Expectations for His Students

Carland Washington aims to bolster the middle school's standing among local parents. 

Crown Heights »

Principal of P-TECH Leads Students Toward Both a Diploma and a Degree

Rashid Davis has run the Pathways in Technology Early College High School since its creation in 2011.

Carroll Gardens »

Founding Principal Bids Farewell to Carroll Gardens School

Alyce Barr, principal of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, discussed her years at the school.

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.