High school student Etienne Musole remembered one of his first interactions with principal Dez-Ann Romain. She asked point blank whether he wanted to graduate.

It was a high stakes question at a place like Brooklyn Democracy Academy, an alternative high school in Brownsville serving students who have struggled at traditional schools and are at risk of dropping out.

After the 19-year-old Musole said yes, Romain never let up. “Every day she sees you from that point on, she’s going to be on you,” Musole said.

Yesenia Peralta is the principal of the Brooklyn Democracy Academy where Dez Ann Romain, the former principal, died from COVID in the early months of the pandemic. David Handschuh / Chalkbeat High school student Etienne Musole remembered one of his first interactions with principal Dez-Ann Romain. She asked point […]

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