Dear NYMA Community,
It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2016-2017 academic year. I am proud and honored to be your new superintendent. As a lifelong educator, I am committed to providing NYMA with a safe, nurturing environment combined with a rigorous, academically challenging curriculum.
I am looking forward to working with you, continuing and building upon the outstanding traditions of NYMA.
My goal will be to provide a unique opportunity that develops young leaders who are, as our charter states, “set apart for excellence.” Upon graduation, our young men and women will be prepared for success as they further their education, careers and lives.
I look forward to the journey.
Superintendent Zhang’s bio:
Ms. Zhang has recently joined the NYMA family, after serving for 4 years as the Principal at Stuyvesant High School, considered one of the finest high schools in America.
Born and raised in China, Ms. Zhang majored in Electrical Engineering at Tongji University in China. After earning a bachelor’s degree, she came to NYC to continue her education and received a Master’s degree in applied mathematics. Subsequently, Ms. Zhang has spent her entire career in education. She began her career teaching incarcerated women at Riker’s Island, and continued teaching Mathematics at Forest Hills High School in Queens. Following her years in the classroom, Ms. Zhang became an administrator. In 2006, Ms. Zhang was selected to serve as the Principal of the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, one of the Specialized High Schools in New York City.
After serving there for five years, Ms. Zhang became a Network Leader for Children’s First Network 201, which supported over 30 high schools with a combined population of 50,000 students. In 2012, Chancellor Dennis Walcott named her the interim acting Principal of Stuyvesant High School. She was officially appointed as the permanent Principal 6 months later.
Ms. Zhang’s journey through the New York City educational system has been impressive. She is a successful and very well respected educator. After 28 years of service to public education, she is proud of and excited by her new role as Superintendent of NYMA.