Carlos Velez

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2022-2023 Gray Fellow


I have been the Principal at Public School 291 in the Bronx for 20 years. In this role, I ensure that authentic learning is at the forefront of all students and provide an atmosphere free of any bias in which students, families and staff members can achieve their maximum potential. At the heart of my work is the belief that “there are times that we need to search a bit deeper as we embrace change and support. Respecting ourselves is a direct reflection of how well we treat and respect others. The change begins in us. The value that we place in our daily efforts should always be as important as the people that are with us.” This is my essential value as I work with others.