April Leong is the founding principal of Liberation Diploma Plus High School which works with students at risk of dropping out to graduate from high school. The principal, who was raised by a teen mother in an unstable household, uses her story to motivate her students.
According to the NY Daily News:
“Leong takes her nearly 190 students on college tours, helps them with financial aid paperwork and sets them up with internships. She also offers counseling services and helps students find day care for their own children.”
Leong is currently a candidate for a Hometown Heroes in Education award for her work with Liberation High School.