Elementary School Staff

Lower School Team

Leadership

Derrick Dunlap

Principal

Brigid Gala

Assistant Principal

Diana Lopez

Director of Operations

Pre-Kindergarten

Aschard Wallace-Turner

Teacher

Phyllis Hargett

Assistant Teacher

Kindergarten

Atesini Banna

Teacher

Lakita Gardner

Assistant Teacher

Julide Ilyas

Teacher

Chalisha Lamberty

Teacher

First Grade

Kristina Bondinello

Teacher

Tanya Campbell

Assistant Teacher

Fatma Elassa

Teacher

Tameka Jenkins

Teacher

Second Grade

Michelle DiSanto

Teacher

Eileen Melendez

Assistant Teacher

Dominique Spitzer

Teacher

Third Grade

Ashley Carpinello

Teacher

Tia Brunner

Assistant Teacher

Kim Daniels

Teacher

Amanda Wilson

Teacher

Fourth Grade

Delia Mine

Teacher

Aliash Ramirez

Teacher

Tiana Thompson

Teacher

Fifth Grade

Charisma Bennett

Teacher

Tahari Bellamy

Teacher

Stephanie Henry

Teacher

Laura Kiernan

Teacher

Specialists

Amy Burmeister

Art

Dawn Grannum

Music

Shirlette Maison

Science

Special Education & Student Support Services

Jayson Brown

Guidance / Social Worker

Lori Ciborowski

Special Education Teacher / Coordinator

Camille Holloman

Special Education Teacher / Coordinator

Operations & Data

Rosa Johnson

Operations Manager

Tyrell Stevens

Data Associate
(LS & MS)

Afterschool & Family Engagement

M. Skye Holly

Assistant Teacher & Parent Coordinator

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