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Principal of the Week

Upper West Side »

UWS School Director Says Starting Mandarin Early Gives Kids an Edge

Bilingual education should start as early as possible, believes HudsonWay Immersion's director.

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.

Brownsville »

Brownsville Principal's School Gets Help From Community, Humans of New York

Nadia Lopez is the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a Brooklyn middle school.

High Bridge »

South Bronx Principal Helps Provide School with Steady Leadership Presence

Catherine Jackvony has been principal at the Bronx Academy of Promise since March 2011.

East Harlem »

East Harlem Principal Overcomes Lack of Resources with Unique Partnerships

Lisa Nelson uses creative partnerships to offer field trips and after-school, college-prep courses.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Clinton Principal Readies Students, and School, To Grow

The Clinton School for Writers and Artists will move to a new building next year and add a high school.

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. 

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.