Principal, PS 261 Philip Livingston
New York, NY
Zipp (from the Bible, Zipporiah means “little bird”) Mills returned to PS261 in Brooklyn after serving as assistant principal at PS 59 in Bedford-Stuyvesant for two years. Ms. Mills was born and raised in East New York. She decided to become a teacher when she was in the eleventh grade at Thomas Jefferson High School and student-taught at a daycare facility. Before coming to PS261 in 2000 as an intervention teacher, Ms. Mills worked for 16 years at PS 273 in Brooklyn, teaching second, third, and sixth grades, and special education.