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After serving the P.S. 257 school community for nearly 3 decades, Mr. Melvin Martinez, is now Interim Acting Principal, of the school he has dedicated his life's service to.  Mr. Martinez was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  He is a proud husband and father of two amazing teenage sons; both are outstanding graduates of P.S. 257.

In 2021, Mr. Martinez was honored as the honorary coach by ABC News and ESPN and received the prestigious ESPY award. He received this award for the many years of volunteering and committing his time to helping high school students receive college scholarships. 


Mr. Martinez is enthusiastic about this new chapter and looks forward to moving the school to another level of academic excellence alongside the dedicated staff at P.S. 257. 


"Our school is an exciting and excellent place for students to learn through exploration, the arts, and technology - and remember that it's always a sunny day at P.S. 257." - Mr. Melvin Martinez, Interim Acting Principal 

Founded in 1962, Public School 257 is the heart of East Williamsburg. Public School 257, also known as Magnet School of the Performing Arts 257, continues to service our students and community for over 20 years. Magnet School 257's warm and inviting staff are committed to the academic and social-emotional success of every student who enters our doors. 

Magnet School 257

Our History

Our Mission

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Public School 257's mission is to provide children with a secure, nurturing environment where they will grow to their fullest potential. P.S. 257 will motivate all children to learn in order to become responsible and productive members of society.

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​After serving the P.S. 257 school community for nearly a decade as a fifth grade teacher, Mr. Nestor Bussi, was appointed Assistant Principal, in 2022.  Mr. Bussi was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is a proud graduate of School Community District 14. 

Mr. Bussi is passionate about education and providing every child the opportunity to grow and thrive to their greatest potential.  He is committed to working alongside the teachers, staff, parents and guardians, with one goal - the success of all students that walk in through the doors of P.S. 257.

"I take pride in knowing that P.S. 257 is an inclusive and supportive community where we pave the way for well-rounded, successful, and empathetic human beings  - by leading others to go as far as they can see, they will be able to see further. " - Mr. Nestor Bussi, Assistant Principal

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