Laura Kump

Principal (Retired)
Public School 26
New York City Department of Education
U.S.: Staten Island, New York Hub | NORTH AMERICA

Laura Kump has served as an educator in the New York City Department of Education since September 1997. Throughout her tenure, she served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach and for the past ten years through 2022-23, as the principal of P.S. 26.

In 2019-2020, Laura Kump was selected as a Gray Fellow for Principal Excellence. Sponsored by Hunter College, the fellowship program draws upon a cohort of principals to implement a transformative change initiative that leads to improved systemic outcomes. Laura was named the 2003 Woman in History and twice received Teacher of the Year award.

Laura has a strong passion and commitment to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education. She is committed to equity and ensures that every student has access, opportunities, and voice so that they are empowered to make a lasting impact on this world. She advocates for her school community and has implemented strong social-emotional responsive practices, including mindfulness, in combination with rigorous instruction.

Laura received her Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University and is Nationally Board certified. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification alongside six (6) of her teachers.