Letter from Principal IA – Pamela Mudzingwa-Makina

Dear Gramercy Arts High School Community,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as your incoming Interim Acting Principal. I am honored to have this opportunity to get to know and grow with you all. While I have not yet met many of you, I have walked through the hallways of Gramercy Arts High School and the spirit of creativeness, inclusion, openness, and acceptance is evident. It is clear that Gramercy Arts High School embodies, “art as a pathway to thinking”.

I come to you with 15 years of experience as an educator, some in Higher Education where I have worked as a professor; Middle School where I was a Science Teacher and most recently an Assistant Principal at a large comprehensive high school. I have worked in both small and large schools and recognize the technical challenges and advantages that each type of school presents.

I believe that an education grounded in the Arts is necessary to cultivate young scholars who are well-rounded, articulate, emotionally intelligent, disciplined, expressive, and able to compete academically. Art is an important platform to help students develop a true sense of self which will ultimately enable students to be college and career ready and to have successful careers in any field that they want.

Over the past few weeks, I have been working very closely with Principal DiCicco to ensure that I learn as much as I can about the school so that culture and systems that you have worked so hard to establish are not lost during this transition in leadership. I want to get to know all the students, teachers, staff, and parents because we are a community and our working together will enhance the lives of the young people who call Gramercy Arts High School home. My drive for what I do is my commitment to all students deserving a high-quality education that will prepare them for college and their career path. As an immigrant to this country, I understand the power of a degree and know first-hand that education is the true equalizer in today’s society. When we provide a rigorous, enriched, culturally relevant, and real world connected education, we eradicate poverty and break barriers. With this is in mind I am calling on all of us as a community to work collectively and to synergize Gramercy’s Arts High School’s future. My desire is to develop strong learning partnerships with parents so that collaboratively we can work together to support all learners.

Again, it is the greatest privilege of my career to have been awarded this opportunity to join Gramercy Arts High School’s community. My focus and responsibility is to support our teachers in every way so that they can deliver effective instruction that will empower and enrich our students. I am looking forward to meeting you all in person during the various townhalls that I will be hosting throughout the year and I am also available during most of August to meet prior to the start of the school year. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that you would like to share.

Best regards,
Pamela Mudzingwa-Makina
Principal I.A.