For more than a decade, Ingrid Chung, 36, has been helping educate students at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science (AMS), a middle school/high school in the South Bronx. What started off as a small teaching job, as part of a teaching fellowship she earned after college, quickly became something more.
In 2014 she became an assistant principal at the Assembly School for Math and Science and three years later, she became the woman in charge by taking over as head principal. Fast forward to 2020, when a global pandemic changed the way students learn and interact. Chung quickly adjusted to meet the needs of her students as they transitioned towards remote learning, which for some students in the South Bronx has been difficult.
“We aren’t making anything new. These kids and these young men already have everything within themselves. Whether it’s leadership, strength, power, all these things combined, we help them see that that’s there.”
– Ingrid Chung