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Faculty & Leaders

Jacqueline Green-Parks
Office Manager
Ms. Green-Parks was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant. Before coming to Leadership Prep, she spent eight years teaching in a local Head Start Center, which many Leadership Prep scholars attended. Ms. Green-Parks graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She is excited to be joining the Leadership Prep Team. 

Alexander Wenderoff   
4th Grade Teacher
Mr. Wenderoff, from nearby New Rochelle, New York, graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2009 where he studied Art History and Religious Studies. Both during and after his studies in university he worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art before ultimately deciding to move into education. Mr. Wenderoff served as a member of the D.C Teaching Fellows and taught third and fourth grades at a public school in Washington, DC before relocating to California. In his two years in California he taught kindergarten at a Catholic school in San Francisco and third grade at a public school in Oakland.

Ms. Kosty
2nd Grade Instructional Leader
Ms. Kosty received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California, and her Masters of Science in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly known as Teacher U). Ms. Kosty joined Leadership Prep in 2009 as part of her two year service as a Teach for America corps member, and taught as a first grade teacher for three years before moving to second grade. Since becoming a part of the LPBS team, Ms. Kosty has served as First and Second Grade Lead Teacher, Grade Team Chair, and her current role of Second Grade Instructional Leader.

Amy Gu
Office Manager
Before joining LPBS, Ms. Gu studied at Dartmouth College, where she received a BA in Government with an emphasis on international development. While at Dartmouth, Ms. Gu took on operational roles at the Collis Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Residential Housing, and the Office of Commencement and Reunion Housing. Ms. Gu has studied abroad in Korea and India, and she has conducted research on the impact of Hurricane Irene in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. After graduating, she was also a member of the 2012-2013 cohort of the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service Post-Graduate Fellowship. Ms. Gu is excited about her second year at LPBS!

Anna Simmonds
2nd Grade Lead Teacher 
Ms. Simonds attended Connecticut College in New London, CT. After graduating with majors in History and American studies, she moved to Louisiana to teach in New Orleans. As a 2010 Teach for America corps member, Ms. Simonds taught Kindergarten at a takeover charter school. After two years in New Orleans, Ms. Simonds decided to move closer to home and join the first grade team at Leadership Prep Bed Stuy. This year, she is thrilled to tackle a new challenge of second grade!

Annie Reinish
Director of Staff Development
A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Ms. Reinish brings a wealth of experience to her role as Director of Staff Development. She was a founding teacher at the Bronx Charter School for Excellence and also served as a Kindergarten Lead Teacher and member of the school leadership team there. In addition, Ms. Reinish was a First Grade Lead Teacher at PS 57 in East Harlem and a Camp Administrator for the Fresh Air Fund. In her free time, Ms. Reinish can be found at Central Park or Yankee Stadium.

Arielle Snagg   
Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Snagg grew up in Brooklyn, New York  and recently graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Dance. While at Pomona, she conducted independent research on Dance Neuroaesthetics, served as a Sponsor and Ujima Mentor for first-year students, and also taught and choreographed dance. Ms. Snagg is a Prep for Prep alumna (Contingent XXV), and this summer she returned to Prep as a Teaching Assistant for the Problems in Modern American Society & Term Paper Research (PIMAS TPR) 6th grade class. She is excited to be a part of the LPBS team and is looking forward to meeting all of her Kindergarten scholars and families.

Ayana Murray
1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Murray is a graduate of SUNY Cortland.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Literacy at Queens College.  Ms. Murray strives to learn strategies that will help her students reach greatness. As a current Teach for America Corps Member, Ms. Murray has demonstrated tremendous leadership, hard work, and a strong commitment to providing her students with quality education.  Ms. Murray most recently worked in West Hempstead as a Teaching Assistant in an inclusion class.  She hopes to do great things this year!

Maggie Brown
Apprentice Teacher
Miss. Brown is a recent graduate of Elon University, where she majored in both Special and Elementary Education. Throughout her college career she worked as an aid during the summers with students with severe disabilities. The past two years she has worked with a program, One Heart Source, where she taught Math and English to 3rd graders in a township in South Africa. She also held a leadership position with One Heart Source this past year recruiting college students to teach in the township.

Adrienne Sibrizzi
Apprentice Teacher
Adrienne Sibrizzi is a recent graduate of Guilford College, where she majored in Elementary Education and Spanish. Throughout her four years at Guilford she was involved with recruiting and managing volunteers to join her in tutoring refugee children in an after school program. During her last two years of College she held a position  with AmeriCorps where she continued her work with refugee youth as well as case work for fifty refugee families recently resettled to Greensboro, NC from  Nepal. For the past two summers she has led elementary school ESL students in a three week summer school program. Adrienne is currently enrolled in Relay Graduate School of Education to obtain her masters in Early Childhood Education.

Ashley Clemens  
Kindergarten Teacher
Miss Clemens is a recent graduate of SUNY Oneonta, where she majored in Childhood Education and took on many leadership positions. Miss Clemens was a Diversity Peer Educator, a leader in the Mentor Community for education majors, and the founder of the Social Justice Society at her college. She has worked in a variety of different settings such as Schenectady City Schools and the suburban Ballston Spa Central Schools as a student teacher and substitute teacher, the rural Unadilla Valley Central School as a co teacher in a third grade classroom for two years, as well as with children during her volunteer experiences throughout Peru.

Edwin Gonzalez
3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Mr. Gonzalez first joined Leadership Prep as a 2010 Teach for America corps member after moving to New York from his home state of California. Since working at LPBS he has taught first and third grade. Most recently, he worked as a Literacy Specialist with Teach For America delivering K-8 literacy sessions to new teachers within the organization. Mr. Gonzalez received his B.A. in Literatures in English from the University of California, San Diego and his M.S. in Education from the Teacher U Program at Hunter College.

Eon Goldson
2nd Grade Teacher
Mr. Goldson is a recent graduate of Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter, where he studied English, Psychology, and Spanish. Throughout his college career he has committed himself to being a proactive member in programs for the betterment of education within New York City. He has worked with programs like Champion Learning tutoring low-income students from grades K through 12,he has been a counselor for summer programsss he has worked as a student teacher in programs like Peer Health Exchange (PHE) and Generation Citizen, and he has been a tour guide as well as a panelist for events at Hunter College. He has great devotion to closing the achievement gap and making sure to help education inequality.

Haley Lee
1st Grade Teacher
Haley Lee is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in English and Human Development. On her campus, she served as the founding chapter leader of Students for Education Reform, a student-led organization that advocates for educational equity.  In the summer of 2012 she interned at LPBS as a Summer Teaching Fellow. During her time at LPBS she observed 2nd and 3rd grade and co-taught a 3rd grade classroom with a mentor teacher. She is now currently a current Teach for America corps member and attends the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Heather Pirolli   
4th Grade Instructional Leader
Ms. Pirolli joined LPBS after teaching in Boston for four years. She received her M.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College, where she was a member of the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program. Ms. Pirolli earned her B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she was an active volunteer in the public schools and Tulane sponsored tutoring programs.  This will be Ms. Pirolli’s 3rd year teaching 4th grade at LPBS.  This year she will also be the Fourth  Grade Instructional Leader.   

John King
4th Grade Lead Teacher
Mr. King began his time at Leadership Prep by teaching first grade in 2007. He then became a Learning Specialist on the Learning Support Team for four years; primarily working with 2nd – 4th grade literacy. He originated Leadership Prep’s Saturday school program, called SMART Camp, and has worked heavily on assessment in the past. In 2012 he left the Learning Support Team and moved back into the classroom as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to his time at Leadership Prep Mr. King taught 7th and 3rd grades with Teach For America in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University.

Lauren Krevet   
1st Grade Instructional Leader
Ms. Krevet received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University. She joined Leadership Prep in 2009 after serving for two years in Teach for America as a 1st grade teacher at PS 230 in the Bronx, NY. Since becoming a part of the LPBS team, she has served as a First Grade Lead Teacher for four years, Grade Team Chair for three years, and this year she will be the First Grade Instructional Leader.

Naama Wrightman  
3rd Grade Instructional Leader
Ms. Wrightman joined Leadership Prep after starting her teaching career in DC Public Schools. She taught second and fourth grades at Browne Education Campus in Northeast DC. Ms. Wrightman has taught second and third grades at Leadership Prep. She is also a member of the elementary content team at Relay Graduate School of Education. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from American University.

Nora Kersey
Learning Support Teacher
Ms. Kersey graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A in Sociology. During her sophomore year she joined a community service organization called Rutgers Alternative Breaks and spent a portion of her winter break volunteering in public schools in the Mississippi Delta region along side Teach for America corps members. Her junior year she organized and led her own group trip to Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA with the focus on urban education and community renewal. Her passion for urban education flourished when she was a member of the 2011 Summer Teaching Fellows cohort, where she co-taught 1st Grade Summer Academy at LPBS. She earned her Ed.M. in Elementary and Special Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Ms. Kersey recently completed her student teaching in Lawrenceville, NJ, in a 5th grade special education and 4th grade general education class. Ms. Kersey is excited to join LPBS as a teacher on the learning support team.

Rachel Chapman   
Kindergarten Instructional Leader
Ms. Chapman received her Bachelor of Arts in History from New York University and her Masters of Science in Special Education from Hunter College. She joined Leadership Prep in 2009 as a Teach For America Corps Member. Since becoming a part of the LPBS team, she has served as a Kindergarten Lead Teacher for three years, Grade Team Chair for two years, and this year she will be the Kindergarten Instructional Leader. In her first year at LPBS she taught in the role of Learning Specialist, and she served as the school’s Summer Academy Director in 2012.

Rachel Faust  
Dean of Students
Ms. Faust earned her B.A. at the University of Maryland in Government and Politics.  After graduation, she joined Teach For America where she worked as a fifth grade reading and language arts teacher in Miami, Florida.  While in Miami, Ms. Faust earned her M.S. in Education and Social Change at the University of Miami.  After completing her Teach For America commitment, Ms. Faust taught first grade at her placement school.  She then joined Teach For America staff as an Alumni Affairs and Development Coordinator.  After working for Miami’s regional team, she join Teach For America’s national staff as a member of the Admissions and Selection team.

Rachel Jean-Louis  
2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Jean-Louis is a recent graduate of Denison University, where she majored in Chemistry. As a recipient of the leadership award, the Posse Foundation, Rachel has had the opportunity to take on leadership positions in many student led organizations. A few of the leadership positions include finding of the multi-cultural organization Students of Caribbean Ancestry and a being a member of Sexual Harassment and Rape Education student organization. Ms. Jean-Louis has served as a World Teach volunteer as a full time English teacher in a remote and rural school located in Cerritos Costa Rica. Ms. Jean-Louis also was a Summer Teacher Fellow for Uncommon Schools co-teaching at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant.

Sodbilig Bayarmagnai
3rd Grade Teacher
Mr. Bayar is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied History and Political Science with a strong focus on the American Civil War. During his time at college, he worked as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America. A few of his leadership positions include serving as the representative of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Fraternity and student-editor for the VT Undergraduate Historical Review.  Upon graduation, he started teaching at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant through Teach For America.

Krystalyn Azikiwe
1st Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Azikiwe began teaching with Leadership Prep as an Apprentice Teacher. She spent her first months at Leadership Prep working with amazing teachers across grades K through 4th. After graduating to the role of second grade Co-Teacher, then to summer academy Lead teacher for two summers, Ms. Azikiwe is now a proud first grade Co-Lead. Ms. Azikiwe is a graduate of CUNY Medgar Evers College, after spending most of her undergraduate tenure at Howard University. 

Tatiana Piskula
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Piskula is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  At Yale, she served as a coordinator of Community Health Educators, a student-run organization that teaches a comprehensive health education curriculum in New Haven public middle and high schools.   She spent her summers interning at the National Center on Time and Learning, researching the impact of an extended school day on student achievement, and at the Crescent City Farmers’ Markets in New Orleans, where she helped develop a nutrition curriculum for local youth.  Ms. Piskula is extremely excited to be joining the 4th grade team at LPBS!

Justin Themelis-Williams      
K-4 PE/Fitness Teacher
Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Film Studies.  Throughout his college career and beyond, he has used his love of sports education and video production to travel around the world, coaching and spreading the joy of sports to those less fortunate.  He served as senior staff head coach at Super Soccer Stars Inc. for five years where he got the opportunity to do extensive work with after-school programs within charter school network.  His passion for sports education is only matched by his passion for kids, and this is why he’s so excited to be on the team.

Aida Sadr-Kiani
3rd Grade Lead Teacher 
Ms. Sadr-Kiani graduated Columbia University, with a B.A. in Economics and History. Her other experiences in education include developing and directing a nation-wide camp for Iranian-American youth through a non-profit called Iranian-Alliances Across Borders (IAAB). Outside of education, she has interned as a producer in public radio at WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show, as well as worked with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative (CHAI). 

Carolyn DiProspero
Kindergarten Lead Teacher 
Ms DiProspero is thrilled to be returning for her third year teaching kindergarten at Leadership Prep. A New Jersey native, Ms. DiProspero graduated from the College of William and Mary with an undergraduate degree in History and Government and a Master's degree in Elementary Education. Outside of teaching, Ms. DiProspero loves to travel and explore New York City.

Amy Parker
4th Grade Teacher 
Ms. Parker is proud to have been teaching 4th grade at Leadership Prep starting in 2012.  Before starting at LPBS Ms. Parker taught 6th Grade Special Education at Arts & Letters Middle School in Fort Greene. She started her education career at Arts & Letters as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, an extended learning time program. She holds a master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education and an honors degree in Social Justice Studies from Pitzer College where she taught workshops at a youth detention center, a sequestered classroom for new moms and pregnant high scholars, and a women's detoxification and detention center. Her commitment to justice lead her to community organizing prior to her work in education. She is proud to continue her work in education, community, and justice at LPBS.

Tani Berkowitz   

5th & 6th Grade History Teacher
Tani Berkowitz originally hails from the great state of California .  He pursued his undergraduate degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he studied history and political science. After graduating in 2010, he served for two years as a Teach for America corps member in Houston, Texas, teaching 8th grade US history. He is so excited to start his third year of teaching at LPBSMA this fall!

Maya Bhattacharjee   

5th Grade Reading & Writing Teacher
A recent graduate of University of Rochester, Ms. Bhattacharjee double majored in Political Science and English Literature, with a minor in Economics.  While at Rochester, Ms. Bhattacharjee developed a love of both literature and of composition, as well as a passion for teaching.  As a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member, Ms. Bhattacharjee taught 7th grade Reading for summer school at Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem, a neighborhood where she has lived for many years.  Ms. Bhattacharjee is thrilled to be teaching 5th grade Writing and Reading this year at Middle Academy!
Melanie Braverman   

School Counselor
Ms. Braverman is the School Counselor at Leadership Prep Charter School. Before starting in the Uncommon Network, Melanie gained experience working at a long-term partial hospitalization program in the Philadelphia, PA public school system where she led individual, group and family sessions with children ages 5-12. She also worked in the school counseling department at P.S. 214-Q in Queens, NY. Melanie earned her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.Phil.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She currently holds her certification in School Counseling and is pursuing licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and Social Worker.

Christine Buckland   

4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Buckland is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, where she majored in History and Spanish with a minor in Education. Previously, Ms. Buckland taught at the Greater Boston site of Breakthrough Collaborative, a national organization dedicated to increasing academic opportunity and college access for low-income students, while simultaneously inspiring a new generation of teachers. Additionally, Ms. Buckland worked as a teacher and site director at Let’s Get Ready in Boston. In the fall of 2010, she spent a semester in Quito, Ecuador. Ms. Buckland is currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching at Relay Graduate School of Education, and she is thrilled to be joining the LPBS community.

Rachel Chapman   

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Ms. Chapman is a graduate of Teach for America. Prior to joining Leadership Prep, Ms. Chapman tutored over 20 students in math and science and led writing projects with America Reads in New York, New York. Ms. Chapman received her Bachelor of Arts in History from New York University where she was a Presidential Scholar.

Kathleen Clinchy  

5th/6th Grade Reading Teacher
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kathleen started teaching in 2008 as a Teach For America New York City corps member. She taught 5th grade general education at C.S. 211, The Bilingual School, in The Bronx, New York for two years. Kathleen is returning for her third year at Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant where she has been a founding teacher in grades five, six and seven. Kathleen will teach sixth and seventh grade Reading to the most energetic and curious students in Brooklyn.
Paul Collins   

7th Grade Science Teacher
Paul Collins joins LPBSMA as the 7th Grade Science Associate Teacher after working at Ocean Hill Collegiate last year as an Associate Teacher. Mr. Collins graduated from Morehouse College in 2010, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Pre-Med and a minor in Neuroscience. After college, Mr. Collins was accepted into a post-baccalaureate research program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst conducting research on the effects of recreational drug use on anxiety and depression in rats. Mr. Collins continued his education at Georgia State University, graduating in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Biology.

Daniel Cosgrove   

Middle Academy Dean of Students
A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Dan started teaching in 2008 as a Teach For America New York City corps member. Dan is returning for his fifth year at Leadership Preparatory Bedford Stuyvesant. He has been a founding teacher in grades three through five. Dan is in his second year as the Dean of Students at the Middle Academy.
Carolyn DiProspero   

Kindergarten Teacher
A New Jersey native, Ms. DiProspero joins Leadership Prep after completing her Master's degree in Elementary Education at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. While completing her program, she taught for a year in a fifth grade classroom at Stonehouse Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from William and Mary in History and Government. While at William and Mary, Ms. DiProspero worked in the admissions office as a tour guide.

Daniel Gennaoui   

Elementary Academy Director of Operations
Mr. Gennaoui joins Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant after receiving his MBA from Columbia Business School. In 2010, he worked with Uncommon Schools to assess and analyze teacher attrition rates. Prior to business school, Mr. Gennaoui taught 6th grade with Teach for America in the South Bronx from 2004-2007. He additionally has taught 7th grade at Lafayette Academy Charter School in New Orleans from 2007-2009. He holds an M.A. from Bank Street College of Education and a B.S. from Cornell University. Mr. Gennaoui grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is excited to be joining the excellent team at LPBS.
Edwin Gonzalez   

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Mr. Gonzalez is a first year TFA corps member who graduated from UCSD with a degree in Literatures in English. While at UCSD, he was the Features Editor of the UCSD Guardian. In addition, he was an intern at the City Council of National City where he promoted community outreach programs – encouraging elementary students to increase their reading over the summer.

Paul Koehler-Hanlon   

Special Projects Coordinator
Before joining Leadership Prep, Mr. Hanlon studied at the University of Redlands in Southern California, where he received a BA in Education and Arts. While at the University of Redlands, Mr. Hanlon worked in the admissions office. He also worked in management and leadership roles for a YWCA summer camp on the Oregon Coast.

Jessica Heeb   

Learning Support Teacher

Ms. Heeb is a recent graduate of Binghamton University’s Graduate School of Education.  She received her BA from this same University where she majored in Applied Behavioral Psychology and minored in History.  While at Binghamton Ms. Heeb worked as a Behavioral Therapist for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.  During her student teaching experience she had the opportunity to teach 4th grade and served as a Special Education teacher in grades K-2.

Nicholas Herrmann   

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher
A graduate Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Herrmann earned a degree in environmental science. While at Brown, he conducted research on nature and wildlife conservation, performed music as a vocalist and tuba player, and developed a strong passion for teaching. As a founding teacher at the Leadership Prep Middle Academy, Mr. Herrmann taught 5th grade science and guided reading, coached the girls’ basketball team, and organized the Odyssey of the Mind afterschool enrichment program. Mr. Herrmann is thrilled to be entering his second year with the Middle Academy.

Ashley High   

Middle Academy Director of Operations
Ms. High joins Uncommon Schools after serving as Director of School Operations for Ascend Learning and Special Projects Coordinator and Manager for Democracy Prep Public Schools.  Prior to her work in school operations, Ms. High was a Teach For America corps member and taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade English language arts to English language learners from 2005-2008 in the Bronx.  A graduate of Alma College, Ms. High is excited to join the amazing team at Leadership Prep and looking forward to work with the students and families of the Middle Academy.

Tarell Hoskey   

1st Grade Teacher

Mr. Hoskey is a first year Corps Member with Teach for America. Before joining Leadership Prep, he studied Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health where he began a Masters Program in Public Health while working at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a BS in Public Health. Mr. Hoskey was a mentor with Big Brother/Big Sister of New York, mentored children during his four years at Syracuse University through a literacy program, and participated in several philanthropic programs committed to reforming social issues. He is also a Brooklyn born and raised native.

Jervis Hudson   

3rd Grade Teacher

Mr. Hudson is a recent graduate of Ursinus College, where he majored in American Studies and Education. Throughout his college career he has been a defining leader in his community. A few of his leadership positions include serving as the Ursinus Student Body President for two consecutive years and serving as president of his campus’ Black Student Union. Mr. Hudson has worked with Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, teaching and leading a 7th grade English summer class and has also worked with the Malvern Schools as a teacher assistant. 
Laura Janvier   

Kindergarten Teacher

Laura Janvier grew up outside of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. She is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. At the University of Missouri she had the opportunity to work as a Community Service Leader for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. She looks forward to building relationships with students and families and is eager to work with such talented students. Ms. Janvier plans to bring her energetic and caring personality to the classroom. She is excited to join the LPBS team!
John E. King   

4th Grade Lead Teacher
Mr. King began his time at Leadership Prep by teaching first grade in 2007. He has since become a Learning Specialist on the Learning Support Team. Mr. King primarily works with Grades 2-4 and his intervention instruction focuses on literacy. In addition, Mr. King coordinates assessment throughout the building and is the director of the Leadership Prep Saturday Academy, called SMART Camp. Prior to his time at Leadership Prep Mr. King taught 7th and 3rd grades with Teach For America in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University.

Sarah Koch   

2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Koch is thrilled to be joining the fourth grade team. She is a recent graduate of the George Washington University, where she received a M.Ed in Elementary Education. Through this program, she spent a year teaching in the D.C. Public School systems. Prior to her career in education, Ms. Koch studied Communications at James Madison University and spent two years working in the Public Relations industry.

Allison Kosty   

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Kosty is a second-year corps member with Teach for America, a nationwide teacher corps that recruits and trains outstanding college graduates to serve in public schools. Prior to joining TFA, she served as an elementary and high school tutor with Homework Helpers in Los Angeles, CA. During college, she participated in a study abroad program in Athens, Greece. Ms. Kosty holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Lauren Krevet   

1st Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Krevet joined Leadership Prep after serving for two years in Teach for America as a 1st grade teacher at PS 230 in the Bronx, NY.  During her time with PS 230 Ms. Krevet served on the Data Inquiry Team, analyzing English language learner student data to develop strategies to best address and serve students’ needs.  Ms. Krevet has also worked as a home-based therapist and research assistant in the University of Maryland Psychology Department.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Meaghan Larsson   

4th Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Larsson comes to Leadership Prep from NYC DOE, where she has taught 2nd and 3rd grade since 2006. She received her Masters from Pace University, where she attended after graduating from Loyola College in Maryland. She has served as a Content Specialist and a Corps Member Advisor with Teach For America. Upon graduating from college, she designed an ESL program for intermediate students at Assumption University in Bangkok.

Owen Losse   

Middle Academy Principal
Mr. Losse has served as the 7th grade team leader and math teacher at Harlem Village Academy Middle School in New York, NY. Prior to joining Harlem Village Academy, Mr. Losse was a Teach for America Math Content Specialist, supervising the development of first-year Teach for America corps members, and served as a corps member himself at MS 390 in the Bronx, NY as a 5th through 8th grade Math Teacher. Before receiving his Master of Science in Teaching and Adolescent Education from Pace University, Mr. Losse was a Dean’s Scholar at Lewis & Clark College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.

Rita Maddux   

Learning Support Coordinator
Ms. Maddux joins Leadership Prep after years of experience teaching third-fifth grade students in California and North Carolina. Ms. Maddux was “Teacher of The Year” at her former school and received the “Educator Making a Difference” community award in 2009. In addition, she has administered after school and summer programs focusing on reading and its connection to writing for struggling students and creative writing and story elements. Ms. Maddux has her BA from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Education in Special Education from East Carolina University.
Joy Newton   

Elementary Academy Music Teacher
Joy Newton graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a BA in Music Education, with a focus on classical clarinet. She received her MA in Early Education from Teacher U at Hunter College. She has taught early childhood and elementary music, and woodwinds as both a teaching artist and full time music teacher for over ten years in New York City public and charter schools, day care centers, and private organizations.

Anca Niculescu   

Middle Academy Learning Support Specialist
Ms. Niculescu was born in Romania, but was mainly raised in Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor degree in Spanish Literature and Family Studies & Human Development. She began teaching at The Bronx Latin School when she moved to New York in 2006 as a Teach for America corps member. She received her master’s degree in Special Education from Pace University in 2008. After taking a four year hiatus to work in marketing and sales, Ms. Niculescu is returning to teaching, enthusiastically joining the Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Middle Academy to offer special education and learning support services.

Sultana Noormuhammad   

Elementary Academy Principal
Ms. Noormuhammad previously served as Leadership Prep’s Dean of Students. Before joining the Leadership Prep faculty as Founding Lead Teacher, Ms. Noormuhammad was a first grade teacher at C.S. 50 The Clara Barton School in New York City through Teach For America. She served as Program Coordinator for Global Learning in Liberia and Costa Rica. Her role included arranging the teaching schedules in four elementary schools comprising one-thousand students and conducting daily meetings in both English and Spanish. Ms. Noormuhammad holds a B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College and has studied at Casa de las Americas in Havana Cuba.

Annie Olsen-Meehan   

School Social Worker
Ms. Olsen-Meehan, LCSW, is the Social Worker at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Charter School. Before joining the Leadership Prep community, Ms. Olsen-Meehan was an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist at the Wyandot Mental Health Center in Kansas City, KS. At Wyandot, Ms. Olsen-Meehan had many responsibilities including assessment, diagnosis and individual/group treatment for clients 5-18 years old. Prior to that position, she worked as the House Manager for KEYS Youth Services, a residential group home that provides a safe, structured, learning environment for youth who are unable to succeed within their home communities. As House Manager, Ms. Olsen-Meehan supervised a team of 8 and provided monthly treatment plans for the individuals involved in a given youth’s case. She earned both her B.A. and her M.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas and currently holds a Clinical license in NY.

Alejandra Palomino   

3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Palomino is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.  In the summer of 2011 she interned at LPBS as a Summer Teaching Fellow (STF) with our Summer Academy. During her time at LPBS she observed 3rd grade and co-taught a 2nd grade classroom with a mentor teacher. As a senior at Franklin & Marshall College she taught 2nd grade science as a Science Teaching Intern. Most recently, she became a corps member of Teach for America, a nationwide teacher corps that recruits and trains outstanding college graduates to teach in public schools. Ms. Palomino received her B.A. in Sociology and she is studying at the Relay Graduate School of Education.
Amy Parker   

4th Grade Teacher

Before starting at Leadership Prep Ms. Parker taught 6th Grade Special Education at Arts & Letters Middle School in Fort Greene. She started her education career at Arts & Letters as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, an extended learning time program. She holds an honors degree in Social Justice Studies from Pitzer College where she taught workshops at a youth detention center, a sequestered classroom for new moms and pregnant high scholars, and a women's detoxification and detention center. Her commitment to justice leads her to community organizing prior to her work in education. She is proud to continue her work at LPBS.

Amy Parsons   

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Born and raised outside Boston, Amy spent a decade working in public education in Boston prior to joining Uncommon NYC. She attended Saint Michael's College in Vermont, earning degrees in English Literature and Political Science. Following graduation, she spent two years as a member of AmeriCorps NCCC, completing service projects all over the east and west coasts, including a literacy tutoring project with DC public schools that inspired her to embark on a career in urban education. She spent four years working for Citizen Schools Boston, as a Teaching Fellow earning a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and then as a founding Campus Director. Before coming to NYC, Amy spent five years at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School teaching 7th grade Reading and coordinating the 7th grade Team. Her students' academic growth inr eading earned her a Spotlight Teacher award from New Leaders for New Schools. Amy is in her second year as DCI at the Middle Academy.

Heather Pirolli   

4th Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Pirolli is joining LPBS after teaching in Boston for four years. She received her M.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College, where she was a member of the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program. Ms. Pirolli earned her B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she was an active volunteer in the public schools and Tulane sponsored tutoring programs.

Samiha Rahman   

6th & 7th Grade Writing
Ms. Rahman is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied History and Ethnicity & Race Studies. While at Columbia, Ms. Rahman was a member of various social justice groups, organized discussions around hip-hop, and facilitated workshops on relevant community issues for youth throughout the city. Ms. Rahman returns to Uncommon and joins the LPBS Middle Academy staff as an alumna of the 2011 Summer Teaching Fellowship cohort.

Annie Reinish   

Director of Staff Development
A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Ms. Reinish brings a wealth of experience to her role as Dean of Students. She was a founding teacher at the Bronx Charter School for Excellence and also served as a Kindergarten Lead Teacher and member of the school leadership team there. In addition, Ms. Reinish was a First Grade Lead Teacher at PS 57 in East Harlem and a Camp Administrator for the Fresh Air Fund. In her free time, Ms. Reinish can be found in Central Park or at Yankee Stadium.

Erin Ronhovde   

5th Grade Math Teacher
Erin Ronhovde graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education.  After college, she served as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, an extended learning day program that provides educational enrichment to middle schools serving at-risk populations of students.  Over the course of the fellowship, she served as Regional Data Specialist, College Readiness Lead, and Curriculum Specialist.  She was responsible for teaching ELA enrichment and college readiness.  Erin is excited to join the LPBS Middle Academy as the 5th grade math teacher.

Lauren Ferguson   

K-2nd Grade Art Teacher
Ms. Ferguson returns to Leadership Prep as a full-time art teacher after completing her student teaching here last spring. She is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute, where she received her MFA. She completed her BA at SUNY Purchase, with a concentration in printmaking. Before starting her full time career at Leadership Prep, she worked with the Pratt Institute’s Teaching in Gallery’s Program.

Aida Sadr-Kiani   

3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Sadr-Kiani is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in Economics and History. Last summer she designed and taught a fifth grade course in Pre-Columbian History of Native America at Breakthrough San Francisco, a nationwide collaborative aimed at putting high achieving low-income students on the path to college, while simultaneously inspiring college students to pursue careers in education. Her other experiences in education include developing a leadership curriculum at a camp for Iranian-American high school students through a non-profit called Iranian-Alliances Across Borders. Outside of education, she was lucky enough to enjoy working at WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show for two years during college.

Anna Simonds  

1st Grade Lead Teacher

Ms. Simonds attended Connecticut College in New London, CT. After graduating with majors in History and American studies, she moved to Louisiana to teach in New Orleans. As a 2010 Teach for America corps member, Ms. Simonds taught Kindergarten at a takeover charter school. After two years in New Orleans, Ms. Simonds decided to move closer to home and join the Uncommon team at Leadership Prep Bed Stuy. 

Aidan Thomas   

6th Grade Math Teacher
Brooklyn born and bred, Mr. Thomas attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he majored in Japanese and Film Studies. In his second year at LPBS he is looking forward to helping the next group of Titan mathematicians continue to excel and seeing the Titan basketball team win a championship.

Sara Turilli   

Performing Arts Teacher
Sara Turilli is very excited to join the Leadership Prep community as a performing arts teacher. Mrs. Turilli just recently completed  her Masters in Music Education from New York University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Catholic University of America, and a theater certification from The London Dramatic Academy (London, England). Prior to teaching at Leadership, Mrs. Turilli  taught music and musical theater  in various schools throughout the New York area,  including: The Marymount School, PS212, and most recently RELC MS113 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Mrs. Turilli’s love of music, theater and dance began when she was a little girl and took her from Delaware to New York to pursue her passion. There, she toured in the original cast of “Fishface: The Musical;” “Grease: You’re the One That I Want;” and had brief stints on “30 Rock” and an All-State commercial.  Mrs. Turilli looks forward to sharing her love of music and theater with the scholars at LPBS.

Rachel Valentin-Gaboton   

2nd Grade Lead Teacher
Mrs. Valentin graduated from Brooklyn College with an M.A. in Urban Policy and Public administration and a B.A. in History from Spelman College. While at Spelman she volunteered with G.M.A.A.C, an afterschool tutoring program for refugee students in Atlanta, GA. Mrs. Valentin’s professional experience began at JPMorgan Chase where she spent 4 years managing projects and developing credit & banking products with the Investment Bank and Asset Management. In 2009, she served as a political intern on the New Yorker’s for Thompson Campaign. She was a mentor with iMentor NY and is currently a mentor with Brown Memorial Church Youth and Young Adults program.

Laura White   

7th Grade Math/Associate Teacher

Laura White graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French. While at college, she worked at a local public elementary school where she tutored students and led after-school project-based learning activities. After graduating from college, Ms. White moved to Hong Kong where she taught English and Math to elementary, secondary and post-secondary students. Ms. White is excited to join the team at Leadership Prep Bed-Stuy and share her love for mathematical reasoning with the scholars at LPBS. 

Christine Wicks   

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Wicks is a 2008 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she majored in Psychology.  After graduation, Ms. Wicks spent the next four years teaching preschool at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  While teaching, Ms. Wicks completed a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Early Childhood Special Education.  Ms. Wicks was born in New York City and is excited to return to New York after nineteen years.

Mya Wilson   

1st Grade Lead Teacher
Mya Wilson has joined Leadership Prep after teaching in the New York City Public schools for 6 years. Ms. Wilson taught has both and first and second grade at PS 230 in the South Bronx. While at 230 she was a grade team representative on the schools Staff Consultation Committee for 4 consecutive years. In addition while at PS 230 she served on the School Leadership Team as well as the Data Inquiry team. While on the data inquiry team she analyzed data and researched best practices for English Language learners. Ms. Wilson holds a BA in the Science of Education from Temple University and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the City College of New York.

Naama Wrightman   

3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Ms. Wrightman started her teaching career as a DC Teaching Fellow. She taught second and fourth grades at Browne Education Campus. In 2011 she received the DC Public Schools "Highly Effective Teacher Award." Ms. Wrightman has studied abroad in Israel and Bolivia. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from American University.