Janine Werner

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2021-22 Gray Fellow


Dr. Janine Polla Werner is the proud principal of World Journalism Preparatory School, a 6-12 secondary school in District 25, Queens. A Queens native herself and the mother of two children who attended District 25 schools, Janine is deeply invested in the academic and social-emotional health of the students and families in the community. WJPS continues to thrive as a small, dynamic learning environment where each student in known and supported from the time they enter as 6th graders through high school graduation. Having served in the NYC DOE for nearly 30 years, she has been a teacher, assistant principal, administrator of special education and principal. Janine received her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University, is a certified yoga instructor, and a professional artist.