Principal’s Corner

Dear P.S. 41 Family,

This first letter of the year may sound familiar, but I thought it was important to share a little about myself, particularly for those of you who may be new to the school. It is my great pleasure to be in year three as the principal of such a wonderful school.  I feel so fortunate to come to work each day at a place where I truly value the community and colleagues at large.  I know that many of you know me from prior years at P.S. 41, but for those of you who don’t know my history, I thought this would be a great place to share.

I have been married for 14 years and have four sons, Jayden 12, Logan 9, Ryan 6 and Brandon 3.  As you can imagine, they are all different and keep us quite busy!  I literally live the life so many of you are living right now, which I believe gives me a unique perspective in the role of principal.  I grew up in Kew Gardens, Queens and attended P.S. 99, Russell Sage Junior High School and The High School of Art & Design.  I am a product of the NYC school system.

Fast forward to the early 2000’s – I started my teaching career as a substitute teacher on Long Island where I worked in pretty much every type of coverage you could imagine, but I always knew that I wanted to work in New York City, particularly Queens.  My first full-time teaching position was in District 28, where I taught 3rd grade.  After a few years in that position, I earned the attention of the former principal of P.S.41 and was hired to teach 5th grade.  As a 5th grade teacher, I found great success moving children academically and socially.  I was also involved in many committees and school initiatives in that time.  I taught 5th grade at P.S. 41 for four years and truly loved every minute of it, but school leadership called my name.

In September of 2010, I became the Assistant Principal of the school.  As the AP, I was involved in all facets of school leadership from teacher observations, school budget, hands-on work with children, safety and discipline, to arranging and supervising extracurricular activities, and much more. My time as the assistant principal was sort of like five years of hands-on training to be a principal.  In May of 2014, the principal of P.S. 94 in Little Neck passed away and I was asked by the superintendent to step in as the Interim Acting Principal of the school. That was a great challenge where I was able to effectively attend to many critical needs at the school, such as significant budgetary shortfalls, reorganization of all classes, teacher assignments, busing issues, and more. The next natural step would have been to apply for that job, but I had such a soft spot for P.S. 41 that I decided to come back to the school as AP. In the spring of 2015, the former principal of P.S.41 announced that she would be retiring.  On July 1st of that year, I started as the principal of the school.

Since then, we have been on a wonderful journey of excellence together!  Consistent gains are evident with reading levels, ELA scores, Math scores and Science scores. We also celebrated 100 years of service to the community and garnered a record $3,000,000 in funding for an electrical upgrade and schoolyard renovation. It takes a lot of work to keep our wonderful community and spirit flourishing.  It also takes a lot of work to help children meet and exceed high standards, but I know that together—as a team—teachers, parents, students and all staff…we can take P.S. 41 to even greater heights than we have reached thus far.

Warmly,

Joseph Ferrara, Principal

jferrara3@schools.nyc.gov

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