Martha Rodriguez-Torres' Approach

P.S. 156, The Waverly School of the Arts, integrates the arts across all curriculum areas and uses dance, music, and other art forms from many cultures to broaden the students’ world view.

Maria Rodriguez-Torres describes her role as “politician, social worker, parent, and police officer” and says that her primary responsibility now is to “provide teachers the resources they need to fulfill the program.”

She works closely with assistant principal Oswaldo Malave, sharing responsibility for all grades, kindergarten through six. She spends a large part of her day visiting classrooms and talking with teachers and children.