by Bora Metaliaj
Alisa Berger, Co-Founder of the NYC iSchool, has been leading the school towards their vision since opening in 2008. Ms. Berger announced in an email to the iSchool students that she will be leaving the iSchool next year and moving to Boston.
A new, unannounced principal, will be taking her place at the iSchool during the 2012-2013 school year. While many iSchool students are worried about the new principal, Ms. Berger assures us to be in good hands. Right now we know that the new principal is a Latina female, who has previously worked in a District 2 school.
Considering the unique ways of learning at the iSchool, Ms. Berger stated that the new incoming principal, “understands our vision 100 percent. She doesn’t understand our ways of implementing it, but she is in a learning phase.”
Some may be wondering why Ms. Berger chose this specific person – it has been revealed that she has worked with her for about 5 years and claims, “She met all of my criteria. I wanted someone who could really understand what we’re trying to accomplish and help us move it forward; someone that the teachers and staff would really like.”
Students are worried about what the school will be like without Ms. Berger and whether or not this new principal will be making any changes to the NYC iSchool.
Ms. Berger has made it clear that whatever changes happen next year have, and will continue to be, chosen by the current staff: “I hope no one says she has made the changes because next year’s plan was created by our teachers and current principals.”
The iSchool is a comfortable community for all teachers and students. The iSchool faculty has put so much work into improving the iSchool in the past few years that Ms. Berger has made sure of choosing the right person to lead our school in the coming years.
Although Ms. Berger is leaving, she will always be a part of the iSchool, even if from miles away. But for now we say goodbye to her and hello to a new member of our community, whom will hopefully help us move our vision forward.