Laverne C. Nimmons
PS 335 Granville T. Woods Public School
Dr. Laverne C. Nimmons is an educator who has served for more than eight years as the principal of Granville T. Woods Public School 335 which serves the predominantly African-American Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn neighborhoods. When Dr. Nimmons arrived at P.S. 335,the school had a 30 percent passing rate on the New York State mathematics test and 26 percent in English language arts. The school now boasts a 97 percent passing rate in mathematics and 87 percent in English language arts. Dr. Nimmons credits her research while working on her doctoral dissertation at Fordham University as a significant factor in moving the school to its current success. Her doctoral dissertation examined how underachieving schools in poor urban areas transformed themselves into high performing schools. In addition, P.S. 335 was the only school that won the Blue Ribbon Award in Brooklyn during the 2009-2010 school year and 1 out of 2 schools that won in New York City. Dr. Nimmons also won the Terrell H. Bell Award as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.