Elementary School Staff

Lower School Team

Leadership

Derrick Dunlap

Principal

Brigid Gala

Assistant Principal

Rosa Johnson

Director of Operations

Pre-Kindergarten

Aschard Wallace-Turner

Teacher

Phyllis Hargett

Assistant Teacher

Kindergarten

Atesini Banna

Teacher

Kendra Campbell

Teacher

Shanice Ebanks

Assistant Teacher

Lakita Gardner

Assistant Teacher

Julide Koc

Teacher

Zofia Trujillo

Teacher

First Grade

Fatma Benfakha

Teacher

Tanya Campbell

Assistant Teacher

Ali Isa

Teacher

Chasity Jackson

Teacher

Zofia Trujillo

Teacher

Second Grade

Eileen Melendez

Assistant Teacher

Elizabeth Reyes

Teacher

Dominique Spitzer

Teacher

Zofia Trujillo

Teacher

Third Grade

Lauretta Aiyedun

Teacher

Natisha Aycock

Assistant Teacher

Ashley Carpinello

Teacher

Fourth Grade

Sade Lucero

Teacher

Delia Mine

Teacher

Aliash Ramirez

Teacher

Tiana Thompson

Teacher

Fifth Grade

Charisma Bennett

Teacher

Stephanie Henry

Teacher

Laura Kiernan

Teacher

Specialists

Jake Brancati

Music

Zac-Va LaReche

Art

Shirlette Maison

Science

Special Education & Student Support Services

Jayson Brown

Guidance / Social Worker

Natasha Budd

Special Education Teacher / Coordinator

Lori Ciborowski

Special Education Teacher / Coordinator

Camille Holloman

Special Education Teacher / Coordinator

Raevon Forrest-Williams

Assistant Teacher
All Classes

Operations & Data

Aimee Aikens

Operations Manager

Anthony Bhimsain

Data Analyst
All Campuses

Aniyah Johnson

School Aide

Clifton Johnson

School Aide

Miracle Lynch

School Aide

Yusef Vialet

School Aide

Afterschool & Family Engagement

Nicole Kidd

Afterschool Coordinator

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.

Joe and Carol Reich