Zhang Becomes Interim Principal Of Stuyvesant H.S.
“She has extensive experience in teaching and administration and is highly respected by her colleagues,” Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “We are fortunate to have tremendous leaders and talented teachers like Jie Zhang in New York City public schools, and we are thrilled to have her join the Stuyvesant H.S. community.”
Zhang’s placement at Stuyvesant comes after the school’s principal, Stanley Teitel, stepped down after 13 years of service after 71 students were caught in a widespread cheating pattern involving smartphones showing photos of test pages. Students also shared information about state Regents exams while students were taking them.
Zhang, who lives in College Point, said that she would not tolerate cheating and that she would enforce an existing policy that prevents students from taking cellphones to school.
During the past 10 months, Zhang has led a city Education Department network that oversees 30 schools, with combined population of about 50,000 students. Zhang began her career in 1988 as a substitute teacher. In 1993 she became a high school math teacher and later became assistant principal at Forest Hills H.S.–Jason D. Antos