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.

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.

Ary Wall

Humanities Teacher

University of Oklahoma, B.A.; New York University, M.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.

Brittney Hart

Program Aide

University Heights High School; John Jay College, A.S. candidate

Caitlyn Homol

Psychology Teacher

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

Carolyn Mshooshian

ELA Teacher

Worcester State University, B.A.; Simmons College, M.A.

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.

Christina Chong

NYU Resident Teacher

Cornell University - Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Minor in Biology

Cristian Pancorbo

Spanish Teacher

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

Daniel Gavin


Danielle Berkowitz

Art Department Head

Emerson College, B.A.

Darren Villante

Buiding Manager

AS, St. Johns University

Darlyn Gomez

English Teacher

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

Destiny Alexis

Ops Aide

City Tech, B.T. & A.A.S.

Elena Van Lare

ELA Teacher

Old Dominion University, B.S.; Nazareth College, M.Ed

Ella Hepner

Spanish Teacher

Carnegie Mellon University, B.A.

Ellen Watkins

Science Teacher


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.

Fahmeeda Hemani

Math Teacher

University of Houston, B.S.

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


John Jay College, B.A.

Jack Tucker

Spanish SpEd Teacher

University of Missouri, B.A., BSEd, M.Ed

Jade Trevino

Operations Coordinator

Delaware State University, B.S.

Jaime Gualpa


Berkeley College, A.A.S.

Johnncy Ryan

Program Manager

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.

Jesse Keefe

Managing Dean of Students

SUNY Geneseo, B.A.; Villanova 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

Social Worker

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

Justine Chess

Head of Instruction

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.

Krystal Bostick

College Counselor

Lincoln University, B.S.; Columbia University, M.S.W.

Laney Overton Karnes

Learning Specialist

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

Leslie Gallager


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.

Mariko Uechi

Humanities SpEd Teacher

Clark University, M.A.; Johns Hopkins University, M.S.

Mark Mejia


Abraham Lincoln High School

Marlyn Gomez

Spanish Teacher

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

Mary Patrick

Humanities Teacher

Colorado College, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A.; New York University, M.A. & M.A.

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.

Nora Elnagar

College Counselor

Fordham University, B.A.; CUNY Hunter College, MEd.

Odalyse Ramirez

Program Aide

Odé Barrett

SpEd Humanities

Indiana University, B.A.

Olga Florentino

Spanish Teacher

Manhattanville College, B.A.; Middlebury College, M.A.

Omar Joseph

Athletics Department Head & PE Teacher

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

Paige Watson

School Counselor

American University, B.A.; Columbia University, M.S.W.

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

SSS Department Head

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

Samuel Mateo

Art Teacher

Pratt Institute, M.A.

Sandra Montoya

Spanish Teacher

University of Valencia, B.S. & MSEd; University of Barcelona, M.S.

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 Davila


Cascades High School

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.

Tom James

Math Department Head

Yale University, B.S.; New York University, M.S.; Columbia University, Teachers College, M.Ed.

Tony Wright

College Counselor

Syracuse University, B.S.

Victoria Huber

English Teacher

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

Wendy Martinez-Calixto

ELA Teacher

Clark University, M.A.

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

Science Department Head

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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