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Lily Din Woo

Lily Woo has served as the principal of PS 130 Manhattan, District 2 for over 24 years.  As principal, she helped transform the school from a Title I School in Need of Improvement (SINI) into a recognized NYC, NYS and US Department of Education Title I Distinguished School.

Lily has served in many roles in the NYC public school system throughout her career; she has worked as an ESL teacher, an ESL staff developer, and then later as a director for a demonstration project for the Division of High Schools.  In 1981, she joined the NYS Education Department as an associate, working in the field of ESL and bilingual education.  She returned to the NYC public school system in 1990 as Principal of PS 130 from where she retired in August 2014.

Lily received the NYC and NYS Departments of Education’s Title I Distinguished Educator Award in 2002 and was one of the 16 principals to be selected for the first cohort of the Cahn Fellows Program in 2003. In 2004, she was selected by the World Olympics Committee as an “Everyday Hero” and ran part of the New York City leg of the Summer Olympics torch relay that year.  In 2010, she received the “Principal of the Year” Blackboard Award for her work at her school and for her service to the community.  Over the years, she had served on many Chancellor’s Advisory Committees, as a mentor principal for the NYC Leadership Academy and as an adjunct instructor at Baruch College’s Aspiring Leaders Program.  She currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Bank Street College’s Principals Institute.

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