A lifelong Harlem resident, Sam has been an educator and education administrator in New York and around the country for more than four decades. Sam is a former Blue Ribbon award-winning middle school principal experienced in improving schools and increasing student academic achievement. Over the course of his career, he has trained principals in the day to day operations of schools, provided professional development for teachers and administrators and worked with parents, community leaders, at-risk youth and business leaders. His work in charter school development required him to recruit students and staff, hold informational meetings for parents, coordinate public relations campaigns, investigate potential sites for schools and work with landlords, evaluate charter school applications and make public appearances on behalf of the schools.

He has experience in alternative education on the high school and college levels and has many years of community involvement in urban settings. He has also served on the New York Urban League’s Education Policy Committee whose mission is to advocate for the human rights of each

New York City child to access quality education, to train and deploy parents as advocates on behalf of their children, and to influence policymakers on effective and successful education policy and practice. Although, he has never worked in the media as a professional, Sam credits his Newhouse training for much of the success he has achieved as an educator and in the field of athletics.

In addition to a B.A. in English from Syracuse University, Sam has completed a master’s degree program in Television/Radio at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, one in Reading at City College of New York and one in Supervision and Administration at Bank Street College of Education. He also earned a certificate in The Art and Craft of the Principalship at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Sam Penceal is available for speaking engagements and educational consultations.