THE BRONX - New York's newest chancellor of schools, Carmen Farina, made her first stop this year at M.S. 223 Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the Bronx.

The former teacher and principal met with students in two English classes and a dual-language social studies class. She spoke about the importance of knowing a second language and placed great importance on parents' involvement in their children's education.

Farina says one of her goals as chancellor is to make sure parents become more involved in the school system. She chose M.S. 223 as her first stop because of her relationship with the principals and the fact that she says middle schools are key to a student's success in later life.

She also praised the progress the school has made since opening. Despite its early struggles, she says the school was able to overcome obstacles because of its great teachers and principal. 

For extended video of Farina, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.