Laura Peynado Castro

Originally from the Dominican Republic, I immigrated to the United States and enrolled in New York City’s public school system at the age of 12.  After attending the College of the Holy Cross, I returned to the New York City Department of Education, this time as a Teach for America Corps member.  I taught Science at MS 390 in the Bronx for 5 years and successfully implemented a bilingual program designed to meet the academic and social needs of my students using web 2.0 tools. In 2007, I became an assistant principal at University Neighborhood Middle School in the Lower East Side and was appointed as principal in 2008.   I obtained my Master of Arts and my Master of Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

As an educational leader, I am committed to supporting the use of technology in the classroom to engage students in learning and to make language and culture accessible and meaningful to all students.  I strongly believe that web 2.0 to ols can be used not only to support a rigorous learning environment, but also to promote social awareness and social responsibility.