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Middle School Staff

Middle School Staff

Leadership

Janna Tsimprea

Principal

Serge Andre

Dean of Humanities &

6th Grade

Michelle Barrera

Dean of Math, Science &
8th Grade /
8th Grade Math Teacher

Candace Fuller

Director of Instructional Support /
Dean of 7th Grade

Sixth Grade

Janice Bligen

Humanities

Uniquea Bowers

All-Content &
School Support

Ryan Chappell

Science /
6th Grade Team Leader

Xiomara Martinez

Special Education

Olena Marukhnyak

Math

David Stutt

Math Intervention

Seventh Grade

Tiffany Biggs

Math

Yaritza Lopez

Special Education

Kara Swallow

Science

Shaz'men Whitehurst

Humanities /
7th Grade Team Leader

Eighth Grade

Jose Castello

Social Studies

Sabrina Jones

Humanities

Marcus McLean

Science

Paige Miller-Hughes

Special Education /
8th Grade Team Leader

Nicki Lowell

Algebra Regents /
School Leader in Residence

Yudy Vanegas

Spanish & ENL Support

Specialists

Kimberly Greenland

Art

Nina Lacaprara

Physical Education &
Health

ADDITIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT

Jessica Orapallo

Social Worker

Kate Nasoff

Social Work Intern

Leticia Silva

Social Work Intern

Operations, Data, AND Afterschool

Ruth Alexandre

Director of Operations

Malik Bailey

Operations

Joel Celestin

Operations

Jonathan Almonte

Data Assessment Analyst
All Campuses

Anthony Bhimsain

Data Analyst
All Campuses

Ashley Peters

Director of Afterschool & Community Partnerships

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.