Elementary School Staff

Elementary School Staff

Administration

Mike Ferrara

Elementary School
Co-Principal

Yvette Ferrara

Elementary School Co-Principal

Jacqueline Abreu

Elementary School Dean of Academics and Culture

Cristal Rodriguez

Director of Special Needs Supports

Michael Copeland

Director of Operations

Kindergarten

Claire Schmidt

Class KA

Tori Malin

Class KA

Jacqueline Ramirez

Class KB

Jaime Stavola

Class KB

Adriana Cisneros

Class KC

Adriana Cisneros

Class KC Assistant Teacher

First Grade

Lia St. John

Class 1A

Lauren Strumpf

Class 1A

Chatequa Campbell

Class 1B

Elisa Velazquez

Class 1B

Second Grade

Eliana Garcia

Class 2A

Kaleigh Rohner

Class 2A

Kara Lopez

Class 2B

Arlene Toussaint

Class 2B

Third Grade

Jennifer Mack

Class 3A

Caitlyn McGrellis

Class 3A

Adanna McMayo

Class 3B

April Cha

Class 3B

Fourth Grade

Berivan Tamsen

Class 4A

Alyssa Taussig

Class 4A

Brianna Tucciarone

Class 4B


Brandon Scott

Class 4B

Fifth Grade

Yaron Gal-Zur

Class 5A

Robert Buckwalter

Class 5A

Sergio Franqui

Class 5B

Ryan Wilm

Class 5B

Specialists

Katherine Ha

Science Teacher

Colin McNally

Music Teacher

Lauren Pantos

Art Teacher

Nathan Wagner

PE/Drama Teacher

Special Needs

Elena Canaras

SETSS Teacher

Fabiola Valcin

SETSS Teacher

Linh Nguyen

ENL Teacher

Katherine Rodriguez

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Operations

Lidia Gonzalez

Elementary School Office Manager/ Parent Coordinator

Noemi Espinal

Operations Associate

Valeska Torrez

Operations Associate

Jabeli Rojas

Operations Associate

Carmen Delgado

Operations Associate

Board

Nancy Lewson Kurz
Board Chair and CEO
Beginning with Children

Michelle Brooks
Senior Director, Treasurer
Chobani

Chris Gaulin
HealthCor Management, L.P.
Portfolio Manager

Deborah Goldfarb
Managing Director
Barclays Capital

Mychal Harrison
Senior Vice President
Deloitte CRG

Eric Hoffman
Principal
Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Kofi N. Kankam
Co-Founder and CEO
Admit.me

Marshall King
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Justin Nowell
Associate
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Carol F. Reich, Ph.D (1935-2019)
Co-Founder
Beginning with Children

Joseph H. Reich
Emeritus Board Member, Co-Founder
Beginning with Children

Founders Joe and Carol Reich

The principles we were building our school on, presented something potentially huge in education reform. These principles-parental choice, freedom to operate in a manner consistent with the needs of specific children, parent involvement, longer school days and a longer school year, merit compensation for teachers-could be a game changer for children of poverty. It was the growing sense of this possibility that re-energized us and gave us the strength to push on, for as long as necessary.

We both shared a common and basic belief: families of means can afford to send their children to private schools or relocate to an affluent neighborhood where public schools have greater resources. The poor cannot. We recoiled against this injustice. We made it our own struggle.

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Eliana Garcia

Second Grade General Education Teacher

What do you love about your job?
What I love the most about my job is being able to give back to my community. I was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and being able to educate and stay in touch with families, friends, and my neighbors is an honor. BwCCS 2 has allowed me to grow as an educator and provide my students a safe, loving, and structured environment where children and families feel welcomed and respected while obtaining the tools to becoming successful adults.

Previous Position / Experience
I completed my student teaching experience in Pre-K and Third Grade level. I have been teaching professionally for the past 8 years. I have taught Pre-K, UPK, First Grade, and now Second Grade.

Education
Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kean University. Go Cougars!

Fun Fact
I am a foodie! I love to try different types of food from all over the world. I also love spending time with my loved ones. This quote sums it all: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way”.

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Kara Enneper-Lopez

2nd Grade General Education / TESOL Teacher

What do you love about your job?
I love everything about my job. But most of all I love developing relationships with my students and creating new, interactive and engaging lessons. I believe in being authentic and honest, and strive to be a positive influence in my students lives by example. My students motivate me and teach me every day, and I’m thankful to have the honor of being a part of their lives.

Previous Position / Experience
TESOL K-5 Teacher in Harlem, NY

Education
Masters Degree in Childhood Education, Nyack College
Bachelors in TESOL K-12, Nyack College
New York Professional Certifications in TESOL and Childhood Education

Fun Fact
Lover of all things Harry Potter, family time, gardening, boating and traveling.

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Yaron Gal-Zur

5th Grade Math Teacher

What do you love about your job?
Working with children and seeing how every student is able to reach their full potential.

Previous Position / Experience
Hebrew Language Teacher

Education
Masters Degree in Education, Hunter College

Fun Fact
Loves traveling and running

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Colin McNally

Music Specialist, K-5

What do you love about your job?
I love giving our students a change to feel like rock stars on stage.

Previous Position / Experience
Music Teacher at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary

Education
Master of Music in Music Education, Syracuse University
Bachelor of Music, Syracuse University

Fun Fact
I am an advanced open-water Scuba Diver. Ask me about it!

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Lauren Pantos

Art Teacher

What do you love about your job?
I love being able to share what I am most passionate about with our community everyday!

Previous Position / Experience
I am going into my 10th year teaching Visual Arts to elementary students.

Education
I received both my undergraduate degree in Art Education and my masters degree in Studio Arts from SUNY New Paltz.

Fun Fact
I am a Bob Ross Certified Instructor! I can teach you how to make all kinds of happy little trees!

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Noemi Espinal

Operations Associate

What do you love about your job?
Love the children, and to be able to help them in everything that I can, straight from my heart.

Previous Position / Experience
School Aide

Education
High School

Fun Fact
I love to run, sing, and dance.

Building Closure

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Beginning Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 through Friday, December 4th, 2020, all BwCCS 2 classes and school activities will be held remote. 

In-person learning is planned to resume Monday, December 7, 2020. 

Please continue to stay alert and check your messages for updates from our school team.