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New principal of Long Island High School for the Arts appointed

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Laura Vega has been appointed as Principal of Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA). She will ensure that the school continues to provide world-class industry experience to its students through exciting learning opportunities with a faculty of industry professionals and a full roster of professional artists in residence. Her goal is to prepare students for the future by empowering them to develop skill sets that will enable them to meet the challenges of college and the professional arts world.

Ms. Vega has nearly 15 years of experience as an educator. She began her educational career as a secondary-level teacher of math and economics at the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Her abilities as a leader were soon apparent, and she spent the next seven years as assistant principal (AP) of the school. As AP, she led school-wide initiatives to improve student engagement and achievement, align the curriculum, build community, raise awareness of equity issues, and develop restorative justice practices.

Before entering the field of education, Ms. Vega was a leader in the world of business and a major player on Wall Street. She served Merrill Lynch as the head of its Global Research Division and the leader of Equity Research and Recruitment for North and South America. Before that, she was the owner/operator of her own recruitment firm. 

The product of a nontraditional high school background, Ms. Vega entered the entertainment industry after early graduation. She worked first with the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, then with a variety of movie production companies, including Activision, the Motion Picture Association, and ABC/Disney.