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From the Principal

Andrea M. Thomas

Principal of DWSA Andrea Thomas

Ms. Andrea M. Thomas joined the Mount Vernon City School District in 2007, as a fourth-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School.  During her tenure at Grimes, she taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade. She was also a lead teacher and administrative building substitute. 

In 2015 she transferred to the Performing Arts Magnet Program as a sixth-grade teacher, and then became an Assistant Principal of the Program in 2017.  In 2018, the Arts Magnet Program moved to the Nellie Thornton High School on 6th Ave, Ms. Thomas became the Assistant Principal for both the Arts Magnet Program and Nellie Thornton High School.  She worked in that building until 2022 and was then transferred to Mount Vernon High School as the Assistant Principal of Student Affairs and Activities.

On July 26, 2023, Ms. Thomas was appointed as the principal of Denzel Washington School of the Arts. 

Ms. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Iona University, a master’s degree in education 1 – 6 and another in School Building Leadership from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, a certificate in Special Education from Mercy College and a certificate in Gifted Education from College of New Rochelle.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education from Concordia University with a concentration in Leadership, Innovation and Continuous Improvement. 


Andrea M. Thomas


Click Here: Welcome Letter 2023-2024



DWSA Seniors 2024! - Important Dates

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - Senior Showcase

May 22 @ 7 PM - Senior Prom - VIP New Rochelle

May 24 - Industry Professional Forum

May 25 - Dame Dash Film Festival

May 29 - DWSA Auditions via Zoom

May 30 - 31 - MVCSD Jazz Fest in the Rashad Theater

May 31 - College Commitment Day

June 5 @ 6:30 PM - Honor Society Induction Ceremony

June 7 - Field Day @ FDR Park - Yorktown Heights

June 14 - Senior BBQ @ Tibbits Brook Park -Yonkers

June 14 - Senior Convocation @ 6 pm

June 21 @ 1 pm - HS Graduation.

June 22 - One World Cultural Extravaganza

June 24 @ 1 pm - 8th Grade Graduation.

DWSA SATURDAY SCHOOL 2024, April 13 to June 15, 8:30am-1:00pm

DWSA Saturday School 2024, April 13 to June 15, 8:30am-1:00pm.  Breakfast served at 8:30am.  Classes start at 9am.  You may take one or more classes:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Living Environment, US History, Global 2, English, PE, Time Management, and SEL Skills.