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August 2016

Principal Paul Hirsch

Principal Paul Hirsch

“The school is run democratically. Students are teachers, and teachers are students, and there’s a lot that we learn from one another. That approach, one of humility, allows us to grow, reflect and innovate. We leave the ego at the door and stay open to new ideas.”

Paul Hirsch, Principal of STEM Academy of Hollywood, and three of his best friends who are teachers there — Esther Dabagyan, Jason Doerr, and Tamara Cogan — started the school in 2009. Paul became Principal in the 2012 – 2013 school year, leading the turnaround in the graduation rate from the early years of just over 50% to now more than 90%.”

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