Gray Fellow 2023 to 2024
Ingrid Chung currently serves as principal at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math & Science (AMS), a non-screened traditional public school serving the most incredible of students in grades 6-12 in the South Bronx. In addition to serving as principal, Ingrid teaches an AP Language & Composition course to seniors, serves as the lead facilitator for the school’s young men’s leadership program, Umoja, which works with traditionally defined “at-risk” boys, and coaches brand new teachers at AMS. She is a 2007 Teaching Fellow and is particularly passionate about effective new teacher training and development programs as well as transformative intervention systems for at-risk students.
Ingrid’s work in public education has been featured by news outlets like The Atlantic, Good Morning America, and The New York Times’ SchoolBook, specifically highlighting her dedication to creating innovative programming for traditionally defined at-risk subgroups and her belief that all students, regardless of their circumstances, should have the opportunity to be children (e.g., have opportunities for joy, curiosity, and wonder) and be able to speak for themselves. She and her students have presented their work in culturally responsive education and Umoja at both national and local conferences and venues like COSEBOC, the Decolonizing Education Conference, Teachers College’s And Still We Rise Conference, the New York City Writing Project Conference, and at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Her work at AMS (where she started as a first-year teacher twelve years ago and is now in her first year as principal) has allowed her to develop close partnerships and relationships with the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), Young Audiences New York (YANY), Exploring the Arts (ETA), and Wingspan. Through ESI, Ingrid has presented her work at various conferences including Excellence Through Equity Conference, ASCD, and a Dream Deferred. As a lifelong teacher, she particularly enjoys taking her babies (her students) out to educational events that give them a platform to share their life stories and expertise as well as to family dinners in delicious restaurants across New York City.
Ingrid holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from New York University, a M.Ed. in Adolescent English Education from Hunter College, and an M.A. in Educational Policy (School Building Leaders) from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She is in the process of earning her Ed.D. from Teachers College’s Urban Education Leaders Program. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, her babies (her students), thinking of creative solutions for systemic issues in education, wandering the world, and eating everything she can find in New York.