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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.

South Street Seaport »

Allison Gaines Pell has been principal of the South Street Seaport private school since 2012.

Central Harlem »

Charles DeBerry is steadily helping P.S. 76 improve both its test scores and DOE assessments. 

Bed-Stuy »

Principal Celina Napolitano heads up a school that is dealing with poverty. 

Flatiron »

Alicia Perez-Katz champions student-led parent-teacher conferences and a rigorous writing program.

Upper West Side »

Diana Diaz rules over P.S. 241 with tough love, holding high standards but forging strong bonds. 

Battery Park City »

Acting Principal Zeynep Ozkan says the Battery Park City school teaches students to be curious thinkers.

Inwood »

Ryan McCabe and Christina Reyes are working to foster an open environment at the Inwood Academy.

East Village »

Mark Federman brings a flexible approach to test out any new ideas that might benefit his students.

West Brighton »

Principal Robert Rodriguez has several assemblies in school to bring the community together.

Park Slope »

Lenore Berner, whose kids went to M.S. 51, has been principal there for eight years.

Far Rockaway »

P.S. 104 principal Katie Grady is teaching students to "pay it forward."

Mott Haven »

Now a principal, Flanagan began her career teaching and studying middle school students.

Long Island City »

The school offers a six-year program where students can earn an associates degree.

Rego Park »

Students are encouraged to develop individual talents.