2019-2020 Gray Fellow
Raevan Askew has been a passionate educator within the New York City Department of Education for 17 years. Driven by her desire to impact change on a larger scale, Raevan has served as an ELA teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal with a relentless focus to refine her role as an instructional leader and to serve as a vocal advocate for all stakeholders in her school community. Raevan currently serves as the Proud Principal of PS 354 the Jermaine L. Green STEM Institute of Queens. Over the last five years she has worked to ensure that the children and families of this South Jamaica Queens school have access and exposure to the benefits of the learning experiences that are offered through the STEM curriculum that she co-authored with her staff. It is her strong belief that life-long learning is cultivated through creativity and critical thinking, not compliance and she promotes this vision through all aspects of the school. The school’s distinction as a New York City Showcase School for their journey in STEM curriculum for 3 years is an honor that both Raevan and her school community hold with pride. Raevan is a proud Queens native and the opportunity to serve her entire career in District 28, literally minutes away from her home, has been a source of inspiration for her continued efforts. Of all of her accomplishments thus far, she is most proud of the life she has built with her husband Alvin and their two children, Ali and Alvin III.