Principal Jeanne White tells us about herself:
I am a proud graduate of the City University system of New York. From 1970-1974, I attended both Hunter and Richmond College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude in 1974. Directly after college, I was accepted into the doctorate program in linguistics at the Graduate Center(CUNY). While attending both college and graduate school, I volunteered as a substitute teacher in various schools on Staten Island. I discovered my love of teaching during those years so, after two years in the doctorate program, I left to pursue a teaching career. I have never looked back.
Teaching young minds is the greatest feeling in the world. I started my teaching career on the lower levels. There I learned patience, to treat each child as an individual, and that every child can achieve more than he/she thinks possible as long as you believe in them. I continued teaching the lower grades for the next ten years. In 1984, I was approached by the headmaster of Richmondtown Prep, Mr. Alvaro Sanchez, to join his school staff as an English teacher. I was ready for a new challenge. Teaching high school would open up a whole new road of learning experiences for me. I decided to make the change. I discovered over the next thirty years that what I learned from my younger students helped me to succeed as a teacher with my older students. In 1998 I became principal of the school.
I have had a hand in turning around the lives of hundreds of young men and women who, before coming to Richmodtown Prep saw their lives without a rewarding future. Our graduates have gone on to college and professional careers with both self- confidence and self- awareness. High school can be overwhelming but here at Richmondtown Prep we provide an environment which fosters positive attitudes, academic achievement and respect for others.