Ysidro Abreu, Principal and Founder of Maria Teresa Mirabal Middle School 319 in 2004, was born in New York City from Dominican Parents. He was raised in the Dominican Republic as well as in New York. Here in New York City, he attended John F. Kennedy High School which is located in the Bronx and graduated with honors obtaining a scholarship. Mr. Abreu pursued his education by attending the Technology Institute of the Dominican Republic, the University of Southern California, and the City College of New York where he obtained his Structural Engineering Degree in addition to his Bilingual Education Masters Degree. He continued his passion for education and attained his School Administrative License under which he served as an Assistant Principal for seven years, as well as, a Principal and Founder of Middle School 319 for the past eight years. As Principal, Mr. Abreu has received a great deal of recognition over the years, such as the Excellence Award for Middle Schools and the Teaching Matters Award of Excellence. Under his leadership, Middle School 319 has earned for 5 consecutive years, an “A” Progress Report Card, one of only 32 schools in the entire City of New York, and has been rated “Outstanding” in the School’s Quality Review. Mr. Abreu is also an active member of society. He has worked within Alianza Dominicana, Inc with the community. He has served on advisory panels to the U.S. National Academies and the Dominican Republic Educational Department to assist in the planning and facilitation of new strategies and curriculum in the instruction of English Language Learners (ELLs). Presently, in conjunction with Columbia University’s Teachers College and the New York City Leadership Academy, Mr. Abreu is working to develop the future leaders of our public schools. As an active Alumnus of City College, he also mentors teachers who wish to become administrators. Mr. Abreu, as well as, his staff members at Middle School 319 works under three principles which are: Perseverance, Achievement, and Excellence.