In October, Ms. Nasser was selected as one of twelve recipients of the NY Post Liberty Medal Award. She was honored at a ceremony in Manhattan at the News Corporation building on 6th Avenue. The awards were started after 9/11 as a way of honoring everyday New Yorkers who are making an impact in other’s lives. To read more about Ms. Nasser’s selection, please click one of the photos below. Also, enjoy our own video and photo slideshow from the event.
(NY POST, Sept. 22, 2011)- Principal Sana Nasser has turned Harry S. Truman HS in The Bronx, one of the city’s largest public high schools, into one with a small-school feel and higher graduation rates.
“I wanted to create the personalized education that small schools can offer that they say large schools can’t,’’ said Nasser, who became principal in 1998.
When she took over, gangs were a big problem, attracting new teachers was hard, and Co-Op City parents didn’t feel comfortable sending their children there.
Nasser said the school is now “a place where you can walk anywhere and feel safe.’’ And through her partnership with PENCIL, a nonprofit that connects business leaders with principals to transform public schools, she created smaller, career-themed academies.