Elisa Brown has been the principal of P.S. 249, The Caton School, in Brooklyn since 2000. During that time, she turned P.S. 249 into a high-performing school, which received the New York State Reward School Recognition and has been recognized as a National Title 1 Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2021. She is a Cahn Fellow Alumni 2007 and won the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2021.