A new year, a new schools chancellor

carmen_farinaBy George Hunka

Happy 2014 to all PS150 students, teachers, administrators, parents, and friends! And as the first school day of the new year started this morning, the talk on the steps was all about Carmen Fariña, the new New York City Schools Chancellor. The official press release announcing the appointment reads:

Fariña has 40 years of experience in New York City public schools. She began her career as a teacher at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, later rising to become a principal at Manhattan’s P.S. 6 and the superintendent of Brooklyn’s District 15. Fariña was appointed Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning in 2004, and later went on to become a vocal advocate outside of government for comprehensive early education and parental involvement in school policy.

I heard parents, administrators, and teachers alike express excitement with her appointment, and everyone offered their best wishes to her in navigating the always stormy seas of New York City public education. More about the new chancellor can be found in this New York Times story.

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