Faculty & Staff - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Brooklyn Prospect High School Faculty & Staff

Kim Raccio, EdD

High School Principal

Southern Connecticut State University, B.S., Columbia University, Teachers College, M.A., University of Bath, Ed.D

Kim joined the Brooklyn Prospect family in 2012 as the Founding Principal of Brooklyn Prospect High School. During her tenure, the new high school became one of the few non-select New York City public schools to be authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the prestigious Diploma Program. Her further roles as Elementary Leadership Resident and Principal, New School Development for Prospect Schools gave Kim diverse platforms from which to create and implement professional development programs, school culture processes and academic programs that embody the Prospect Schools’ mission: to build and grow learning communities where excellent teachers prepare diverse student bodies to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. 

Prior to working with Brooklyn Prospect, Kim pioneered a groundbreaking, integrated educational program at the Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, England between 2007-2012. She also spent more than a decade in the classroom working as an elementary and high school science teacher at several schools in Connecticut.

Never one to stop learning, Kim completed her Ed.D in International Education at the University of Bath (UK) in 2020. She also serves on accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Kim earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also received her Educator Certificate in biology.

Aisha Siddiqui

Science Teacher

University of Delaware, B.S.; New York University, M.A.

Allison Balogh

College Access and Success Counselor

Washington University in St. Louis, B.A.; Columbia University, M.S.S.W.

Altovise Laster

Student Support Services Department Head & Learning Specialist

Florida International University, B.A., The City College of New York, Ed.M.

Alyssa Hartel

Spanish Teacher

Carleton College, B.A., University of Oulu, M.A.

Amos "AJ" Ryan

Director of School Culture

University of Valley Forge, B.A.; Stony Brook University, M.A.

Anastasia Strobel

Learning Specialist

Gordon College, B.S.

Ashley Brown

Dance Teacher

Spelman College, B.A., Florida State University, M.F.A.

Ayesu Lartey

Performing Arts Teacher & Department Head

University of Wisconsin Parkside, B.A., NYU Tisch, M.F.A.

Bharathi Kurtz

Math Teacher

University of Miami, B.S.; Hunter College, M.A.

Bria McCallum

Economics Teacher

Howard University, B.S.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Bridget Parker

School Counselor

City College of NY, B.A.; Brooklyn College, M.S.Ed.

Caitlyn Homol

Psychology Teacher

The Ohio State University, B.A.; Johns Hopkins University, M.S.Ed.

Cherry Kim

Art Teacher

Amherst College, B.A.; New York University, M.A.

Chijioke (CJ) Ajoku

Building Manager

Institute of Management & Technology Enugu, B.A.; The City University of NY - John Jay, M.S.

Chris Martin

Humanities Teacher

Lancaster Bible College, B.S.; Brooklyn College, M.A.

Chris McCoy

Dean of Students

The City College of New York, B.A.

Cristian Pancorbo

Spanish Teacher

University of Valencia, B.S. & M.A.

Danielle Berkowitz

Theatre Teacher

Emerson College, B.A.

Darlyn Gomez

English Teacher

City College of New York, B.A., New York University, EMAT candidate

Edward Fingerling

Learning Specialist

Hofstra University, B.A., Long Island University, M.S.

Ella Hepner

Spanish Teacher

Carnegie Mellon University, B.A.

Ellen Watkins

Science Teacher

UCLA, B.A.

Emn Haddad-Friedman

English Teacher, ELA Department Head

Bard College, B.A., Bard College, M.A.

Enuma Menkiti

Head of College Counseling

Williams College, B.A., Columbia University, M.A.; St. Peter's College, M.A.

Erin Eckstein

English Teacher

Barnard College, B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Evelyn Kramer

English Teacher

Amherst College, B.A.; Touro College, M.S.

Gavin Nangle

Humanities Teacher, Humanities Department Head

Columbia University, B.A., Columbia University, M.A.

Gennadiy Dikovskiy

Math Teacher

Brandeis University, B.A., City College of New York, M.A.

Grace Yang

Mandarin Teacher

Texas Christian University, B.S.; Hunter College, M.A.

Graham Schneider

Humanities Teacher

Carleton College, B.A.; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M.

Gregory Stepp

Spanish Teacher

Ohio University, B.A. & M.A.

Heather Sherman

Science Teacher

The College of William and Mary, B.S.; City College, M.S.; Brooklyn College, MEd

Heather Williams

Learning Specialist

Indiana University, B.A.; Sacred Heart University, M.A.

Henry Garcia

Registrar

John Jay College, B.A.

Jade Trevino

Operations Coordinator

Delaware State University, B.S.

Jesse Keefe

Managing Dean of Students

SUNY Geneseo, B.A.; Villanova University, M.S.

Johnncy Ryan

Program Coordinator

Belleville High School

Jamie Vaughan

Academic Operations Lead & IB Diploma Program Coordinator

Miami University, B.A., Boston University, M.Ed.

Jennifer Chapin

Humanities Teacher

Brown University, B.A.; CUNY Brooklyn College School of Education, M.A.

Jennifer Pierre

Learning Specialist

Drexel University, B.S., Drexel University, M.S.

Jocelyn Cohen

Humanities Teacher

University of Michigan, B.A., University of Minnesota, Ph.D., St. John's University, M.S.

John Ianniello

Career Counselor & Academic Coordinator

Fordham University, B.S.; Hunter College, MS.Ed

Jonah Frank

Physical Education Teacher

Texas A&M University, B.S.; Xavier University, M.Ed.

Jordan Watson

Humanities Teacher

New York University, B.A., New York University, M.A.

Justin Wang

Guidance Counselor

McGill University, B.A., Columbia University, M.A.; Columbia University, M.Ed.

Justine Chess

Math Teacher & Science Department Head

Vanderbilt University, B.S.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Katie Luecke

Learning Specialist

University of Utah, B.S.; University of Missouri, M.A.

Kenya Heard

Math Teacher

Wheaton College, B.A.; Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.

Kevin Gibbs

Director of School Operations

Mississippi Valley State University, B.S. & M.S.; Lamar University, M.Ed.

Laney Overton Karnes

Learning Specialist

Trevecca Nazerene University, B.A.; Lipscomb University, M.Ed.

Leslie Gallager

Librarian

Trinity College, B.A., Pratt Institute, M.S.

Lizbeth Arias

Learning Specialist

California Baptist University, B.A.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.

Lori Shuman

Health Teacher

Cal State Northridge, B.A., Cal State Sonoma, M.A.

Marlyn Gomez

Spanish Teacher

Wheaton College, B.A.; Pace University, M.S.T.

Melody Wei

NYU Resident Teacher

University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

Michael Kelley

Learning Specialist

Saint Mary's College of Maryland, B.A.; Norte Dame of Maryland University, M.A.

Michael Vargas

Math Teacher

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.S.

Michal Clarke

Learning Specialist

University of Nevada, B.S.

Mykey Adme

Dance & Tech. Theater

College of Staten Island, B.A.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.

Monica Mehta

Spanish Teacher

Rutgers University, B.A.

Nadiyah Ford

SpEd English Language Arts

Bard College, A.A.; DePauw University, B.A.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.

Natacha Jospitre

Learning Specialist

State University of Purchase, B.S.; Brooklyn College, M.A.

Odé Barrett

SpEd Humanities

Indiana University, B.A.

Omar Joseph

Athletics Department Head & PE Teacher

St. Francis College, B.S.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Peter Quirk

Science Teacher

Hunter College, M.S.

Poesis Silagan-Bush

Social Worker

Pitzer College, B.A., University of Edinburgh, M.A.; New York University, M.A.

Rachael Hanson

Learning Specialist, Student Support Services Department Head

Washington & Jefferson College, B.A.

Rachel Griffin

Math Teacher & Math Department Head

Samford University, B.S., University of Mississippi, M.A.

Rachel Sitts

Science Teacher

University of Rochester, B.S.; Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, M.S.

Robert Hendrix

Dean of Students

SUNY Potsdam, A.A.

Rodney Frazier

Physical Education Teacher

Benedict College, B.A.

Rycki Spiller

ELA Learning Specialist

Ithaca College, B.A.; Grand Canyon University, M.A.

Samantha Gonzalez

SpEd Math

Columbia College, B.A.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Shelly Christian

Humanities Teacher

City College of New York, B.A.; Long Island University, M.S.

SiWei Gong

Mandarin Teacher

Central China Normal University, B.A. & M.A.; City University of New York, M.A.

Steven Fletcher

Math Teacher

Cornell University, B.A.; Georgetown University, M.P.P.; New York University, M.A.

Takia Jones

Grade Level Dean of Students

University of Bridgeport, B.A.

Taylor Ratliff

Chemistry Teacher

Spelman College, B.S.; Lehman College, M.S.

Thomas Rooke

Learning Specialist, English Teacher

Northwestern University, B.A., Brooklyn College, M.A.

Tony Wright

College Counselor

Syracuse University, B.S.

Veronica Hartowicz

Art Teacher

Portland State University, B.A.; The School of Visual Arts, M.A.T.

Victoria Huber

English Teacher

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.; Marian University, M.A.T.

Wendell Cheung

Head of Instruction

New York University, B.S., New York University, M.A., City University of New York, M.A.

Yashira Ramos

Program Coordinator

BMCC, A.A.; Brooklyn College, B.A.; CUNY School of Professional Studies, M.A.

Zahra Rehman

Learning Specialist

George Washington University, B.S.; George Washington University, M.S.

Zaira Gonzalez

Social Worker

St. Johns University, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A.

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