2017-2018 Blackboard Award Honoree: Principal Anita M. Coley

Photo by Andrew Schwartz

Outstanding Principal

The Eubie Blake School – PS 25
Principal: Anita M. Coley
Grades Pre-K-5
787 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Describe your school’s core educational philosophy.

Our school’s core educational philosophy is embedded in the concept of “A School of One.” Where every child is seen as the only child in the school, learning is personalized based on a student’s strengths, needs and interests and every child knows that there is at least one person in the building who knows his or her story and cares deeply about him or her. We believe that students are most successful when relationships are built, connections are made, and there is rigor and relevance in teaching and learning.

Tell us about a few of the school’s achievements or distinguishing programs.

PS 25 is the No. 1 performing school in our district based on recently released NY State exams in ELA and Mathematics. We also out-performed NY State and NY City in these recent exams.

What’s new?

We proudly started our brand new contemporary Dance Studio this fall. Our school now houses the Eubie Blake Art Museum in honor and memory of the late renowned jazz player and ragtime musician, Eubie Blake. The museum is adorned with displays of students’ art work as well as memorabilia of Sir Eubie Blake. Additionally, PS 25 was recently awarded the Laura Bush Library Grant in order to embellish the book collection in our state-of-the-art library.

What do you love about your school?

There are several things that I love about my school which include but are not limited to: The high quality of leadership of the school and our love for our students and staff; the staff is committed and dedicated to our young scholars and most go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students become smarter, are prepared for college and life outside of school and achieve success; our hallways and classrooms are print rich, colorful, welcome student-voice, and celebrate students’ success in the display of their work products; my school maintains relationships and partnerships with several community organizations to help enrich the lives of our students; and my school offers a variety of curriculum and enrichment activities for our students and parents such as financial literacy, an instrumental band program, technology, Cool Men Read Day, Diva Darlings Read Day, and more.