Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

March 04, 2024


Dear PS 295 Community,

I hope that everyone was able to take advantage of the Mid-Winter Recess to connect with your children and family in ways that may not always be possible during the regular school year. Just before the break, we celebrated the 100th day of school. For many students, particularly in the lower grades, it is an important landmark in the year that serves as a reminder of just how far we have all come since September.

September of 2023 brought the introduction of Ms. Jeannette Echeverri, who joined the PS 295 community as the interim acting assistant principal. Since then, she has been an instrumental part of the school community. You would have seen her at the - whether helping to organize the Holiday Parranda celebration she brought the idea to PS 295. You may have engaged with her while she was taking part in a PTA meeting or Cafe Conmigo. You may even have seen her at the Winter performance of Peter Pan. I am happy to announce the appointment of Ms. Echeverri as assistant principal of PS 295.

I take joy in sharing a letter with you that she has written to the community. Please see her message to the community below.



Valerie Vanderpuije

Principal, P.S. 295



Dear PS 295 Community,


I am writing to you today with immense gratitude and excitement to announce my official appointment as Assistant Principal at P.S. 295. It is with great honor and privilege that I step into this role, and I am eager to collaborate with each member of our esteemed community in furthering our school's mission of academic excellence and holistic development.


Having been a part of the P.S. 295 family for as little as 6 months, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and passion that permeates every aspect of our school community. From our talented educators to our supportive families, and most importantly, our remarkable students, everyone plays a vital role in shaping the vibrant tapestry of P.S. 295.


As the Assistant Principal, I am committed to serve as a steadfast advocate for the success and well-being of every student. I am deeply committed to fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment where all students feel valued, empowered, and inspired to achieve their fullest potential. Additionally, I am dedicated to collaborating closely with our exceptional team of educators to cultivate innovative instructional practices that engage, challenge, and motivate our students to excel academically and socially.


 Furthermore, I recognize the importance of fostering strong partnerships between home and school, and I am committed to maintaining open lines of communication with our families. Your involvement and support are invaluable components of our students' educational journey, and I look forward to working collaboratively with each of you to ensure that every child receives the support and resources they need to thrive.


As we embark on this journey together, I am confident that our collective efforts will continue to propel P.S. 295 to new heights of excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Assistant Principal, and I am genuinely excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our school community.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. My door is always open, and I am here to support you in any way I can.


Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our students. Together, we will accomplish wonderful things.


Warmest Regards,

Jeannette Echeverri

Assistant Principal, P.S. 295

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