Walking the Hallways In Some Big Shoes

Our man is Principal for a Day and learns all about fish cakes and dinosaurs

I know the secret to being a New York City elementary school principal. It's just four words: "Where do you belong?" The question is uttered in a tone at once stern and fond to any child, however small and winsome, found wandering the halls of school between periods.

I discovered this on a recent Thursday when I was officially principal of P.S. 154, on West 127th Street in Harlem. I learned it from Elizabeth Jarrett, 41, the school's everyday principal, a soft-spoken former special-ed teacher who has turned the school around from one that was getting failing grades only three...

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