Principal of the Week

Upper West Side »

Head of Stephen Gaynor School Promotes Highly Individualized Education

At the K-8 school for students with special education needs, lesson plans are tailored individually. 

About this feature

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.

Sunset Park »

Sunset Park Prinicipal Focuses on Student Voice in Her First Year

Victoria Antonini, 42, was appointed principal of Sunset Park High School in September 2014.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Principal Blends the Arts and Common Core With a Dose of Mindful Breathing

Victoria Armas created City Knoll using her experience as an art teacher.

Red Hook »

Principal of New School Sets the Bar High

Rosalind Thompson is leading Basis Independent Brooklyn, a new private school currently in Flatbush.

Upper West Side »

York Prep Principal Strives for Inclusive, Family Atmosphere

The private school has operated on the Upper West Side for 45 years. 

Fort Greene »

VIDEO: How One Brooklyn Charter School Uses Music to Build Community

Compass Charter principals visited teachers nationwide before founding the Fort Greene school.

Long Island City »

Charter School Principal Uses Music to Help Students Learn

Every student at VOICE Charter School in Long Island City receives choral singing instruction.

Bed-Stuy »

Bed-Stuy Principal Wants Students to be 'Jacks of All Trades'

Nakia Haskins, principal of the Brooklyn Brownstone School, wants kids to have community exposure.

Park Slope »

Principal Lists Compassion as Top School Priority

Linda Mazza says parents and teachers at P.S. 295 work to make sure they meet the needs of all children.

Huguenot »

S.I. High School Moves all Classwork to iPads

The Rev. Michael Reilly, principal of St. Joseph's by-the-Sea, spearheaded the school's switch to iPads.

Corona »

Diversity and the Arts Are Focus for School Named After Legendary Musician

I.S. 227, the Louis Armstrong Middle School, was one of the city's first magnet schools.

Rego Park »

Rego Park Principal Focuses on Student, Parent and Teacher Wellness

Principal Monica Powers Meade believes that children should be exercising and eating nutritious meals.

Lower East Side »

LES Principal on the Challenges for Transfer Schools

LES Preparatory High School Principal Martha Polin talks about her drive to help students.

Washington Heights »

School Superintendent Wants Saturday Classes

Manuel Ramirez was appointed superintendent after 10 years at successful M.S. 327 in The Bronx.

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. 

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