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Principal of the Week

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.

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.

East Village »

Principal Alan Wilkinson started an artists-in-residence program at an East Village school.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Larry Gabbard, 44, is the principal of the Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School on 49th St.

Yorkville »

Principal Samantha Kaplan talks about where the school is in its sixth year.

Financial District »

The Spruce Street School launched its middle school this fall.

East Harlem »

Ester Quinones brought in tennis, soccer and ballroom dancing to motivate students to come to class.

Williamsburg »

Maria Masullo said she helps make the students feel more comfortable.

Richmond Hill »

Principal Jill Hoder calls P.S. 161 “the best kept secret in Queens.”

Upper West Side »

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

Brownsville »

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