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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.

New Springville »

Principal Jessica Milona said the school focuses on "expeditions" to create interactive learning.

Greenpoint »

Principal Carmen Asselta caters to P.S. 34's diverse population of Polish and Latino students.

Inwood »

Maureen Guido believes that music and art complement math and science at P.S. 278

Melrose »

Principal Carmen Toledo-Guerrero of P.S. 25 in The Bronx uses her personal journey to inspire students.

Stapleton »

Principal Michael Courtney leads the Staten Island Community Charter School.

Upper West Side »

Principal Elaine Schwartz believes in mixing grade levels and a specialized theater-focused curriculum.

Battery Park City »

Principal Terri Rutyer says she strives to give each student the best possible education experience.

Lower East Side »

Principal James Lee heads up an elementary school that has a bilingual Chinese Mandarin program.

Sunset Park »

Her school in Sunset Park is one of the most overcrowded in the city.

Park Slope »

Enrollment at P.S. 321 has grown to an all-time high of 1,450 students.

Gramercy »

Watfa Shama, 41, has been the principal of the Gramercy area high school for five years.

New Dorp »

Principal Deirdre DeAngelis has raised the graduation rate by focusing on writing skills.

Greenwich Village »

Principal Kelly Shannon says passing the DOE's latest rezoning proposal is among her top priorities.

East Village »

Being the daughter of immigrants helped principal Darlene Despeignes focus on study.