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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.

Chelsea »

"For our students to read James Baldwin is often transformative for them," Principal Brady Smith said.

Rockaway Park »

Brian O'Connell started Scholars' Academy 11 years ago.

Hudson Square »

Head of School Barbara McKeon introduced the Champion model at Broome Street Academy.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

UA Gateway Principal April McKoy, 42, helped design the school on West 49th Street.

Far Rockaway »

Principal Shawn Rux of MS 53 released another music video featuring his students, "Motivate."

Clinton Hill »

At Principal Emily Paige's Urban Assembly Middle School, students are unscreened prior to admission.

Claremont »

Principal Jeff Palladino is in his fifth year at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.

Woodside »

Ghassan Elcheikhali of the Razi School looks to get students active in their communities.

Corona »

High School for Arts and Business has increased its graduation rates to 90 percent.

New Dorp »

Reducing homework and new wellness services are among Staten Island Tech's Mark Erlenwein's changes.

Park Slope »

M.S. 88 serves a diverse student body with cutting edge learning tools.

Williamsburg »

A new principal at J.H.S 50 is working to turn around the troubled Williamsburg school.

Gowanus »

Unique in the city, P.S. 372 teaches general ed. and special needs students together in every classroom.

Bed-Stuy »

Celeste Douglas-Wheeler of M.S. 57 helped turn around the failing school through a focus on the arts.