Dear PS9 Families,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the Interim Acting Principal of the Sarah Smith Garnet School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an amazingly diverse, Whole Child school!  

I have been committed to educating children for more than thirty years, working with students ranging from Pre-K to Sixth Grade.  For the past four years, I have worked alongside Principal D’Avilar as her Assistant Principal. I am excited and eager to transition as your new school leader and to have the honor of working with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by Principal D’Avilar by continuing to foster strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners.  As a school community, we will continue our focus on character education using the Words of Wisdom and Brain Power strategies. We will use data to drive our instruction while promoting equity through STEAM.  Our commitment to you and your children is to implement the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of our students’ achievement as we support the social-emotional needs of each child.

It is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors – teachers, students, and parents – are happy to be here!  This attitude will enable us to achieve academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  

My door is always open and I welcome your involvement.  Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year.  

Emma Velazquez
Interim Acting Principal
PS9 – Sarah Smith Garnet
A Whole Child STEAM School

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