Terrance Newton became principal of Emalea P. Warner Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, last September. Since then, he's set up a barbershop in his office. There's an adjustable styling chair, a wall mirror, a sink and a variety of barber supplies. And he's the barber.
Photo by David Maialetti
Some days, half-a-dozen boys sit on folding chairs in the makeshift shop, waiting for a haircut. As he wields his clippers, Newton talks to each boy, asking what his is reading and dispensing advice. He believes, "When you look good, you feel good, you act good." Suspensions reportedly are "way down" at the school. Newton says, "I tell them, 'You want your hair cut? I need you to do right in school."