Honoring our Cahn Fellows (2016)

Laura Peynado-Castro_7553Laura Peynado-Castro has served as the principal of University Neighborhood Middle School, a small progressive school, since 2008.Originally from the Dominican Republic, Castro migrated to the United States at age 12 where she enrolled in the New York City public school system. After attending the College of the Holy Cross, Laura returned to the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual science teacher. Laura believes that education plays a crucial and transformational role in the academic, emotional, and physical development of every child. She earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College, where she also served as an adjunct instructor, and has won numerous awards for her leadership and service.

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