Giovanna Delucchi has spent all of her professional years as an educator in the New York City
Department of Education. Starting out as a special education teacher then cultivating her craft as a
reading teacher, she stepped into a leadership role as staff developer, adjunct professor – Brooklyn
College, assistant principal and finally principal. Giovanna received her PhD from Fordham University
in May 2010 and has served as principal of P.S. 43 in the Bronx for the last six years. Under her
leadership, she was able to transform her school from failing to make adequate yearly progress, to an
A school. She has a strong belief that true education is holistic and well-rounded. Her scope of student
education infuses literacy of all subject areas with opportunities for discussions embedded in
tolerance, character building and cultural awareness. These are all tools necessary for creating the
conditions for an emotionally intelligent child, the one factor that sometimes gets lost in traditional
education. Giovanna has made a commitment to partner with outside organizations to incorporate
indigenous leadership, music, and service projects into the culture of her school.