New York City Mayor Eric Adams was joined by several city officials including Schools Chancellor David C. Banks and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell to welcome students back to school in the Bronx to kick off the 2022-2023 school year at P.S. 161 in the Bronx where Brian Blough, MSEd’11 is Principal.

Brian Blough“We are celebrating the return of our students, the kick-off of the pilot program we at P.S. 161 are hosting to address dyslexia and language-based literacy issues and new programs; urban gardening and 3D printing,” said Brian Blough, 2011 MCNY Masters in Education graduate, MCNY Professor and Principal of P.S. 161. Blough added with great pride and excitement, “We will get our students innovating, engineering, and creating the paths to their futures! Stay tuned!”

Watch the news feature on CBS-News NY.

Read about the Literacy Program launched at PS 161 in the Bronx.

Brian Blough’s welcome speech during the gathering in P.S. 161 Assembly Auditorium featuring Mayor Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor David C. Banks and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

About Brian Blough, MSEd’11

Originally from the Northeastern Ohio area, Brian Blough began his career in education, teaching art and photography to students of all ages. With the desire to further his career, Blough moved to New York City and began attending the Metropolitan College of New York, where he later received his Master of Science in Education in Childhood Education 1-6. After starting a job teaching in the South Bronx, Blough completed additional Master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership, which he received from Touro College.

Teaching special education led to Blough becoming a special education coordinator and eventually a school principal. Currently, Blough is the principal of PS 161, an elementary school in the South Bronx, as well as a doctoral student at Fordham University, where he is researching dyslexia and language-based disabilities and the resources offered by schools that lead to student success. Recently, PS 161 was chosen to host a dyslexia pilot to address the needs of students in the South Bronx.