Middle School Staff

Middle School Staff


Janna Tsimprea


Serge Andre

Dean of Humanities

Michelle Barrera

Dean of Math and Science

Candace Fuller

Director of Instructional Support

Sixth Grade

Xiomara Martinez

ICT Teacher

Olena Marukhnyak

Math & Science Teacher

Shaz'men Whitehurst

ELA Teacher

Seventh Grade

Tiffany Biggs

Math Teacher

Ryan Chappell

Science Teacher

Sabrina Jones

Humanities Teacher

Christina Singletary


Eighth Grade

Janice Bligen

Humanities Teacher

Yaritza Lopez

ICT Teacher

Brittany Fraim


Marcus McLean

Science Teacher

Paige Miller-Hughes

ICT Teacher

Scott Merrell

Math Teacher


Kimberly Greenland

Art Teacher

Manuel Fergus

Spanish Teacher

Nina Lacaprara

Physical Education

David Stutt

Math Intervention Specialist

Student Supports

Uniquea Bowers


Jessica Orapallo

Social Worker

Kara Swallow

12:1+1 Supporting Services

Operations, Afterschool, and Data

Ruth Alexandre

Director of Operations

Malik Bailey

School Aide

Joel Celestin

Operations Assistant

Ashley Peters

Afterschool Program Director

Tyrell Stevens

Data Associate (LS & MS)

Anthony Bhimsain

Data Analyst
All Campuses


Nancy Lewson Kurz
Board Chair and CEO
Beginning with Children

Michelle Brooks
Senior Director, Treasurer

Chris Gaulin
HealthCor Management, L.P.
Portfolio Manager

Deborah Goldfarb
Managing Director
Barclays Capital

Mychal Harrison
Senior Vice President
Deloitte CRG

Eric Hoffman
Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Kofi N. Kankam
Co-Founder and CEO

Marshall King
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Justin Nowell
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Carol F. Reich, Ph.D (1935-2019)
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.