Faculty & Staff - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Downtown Elementary Faculty & Staff

Folake Akinola-Pinard


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

Folake Akinola-Pinard started her career in education in 1997. After teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in both public and charter schools for a total of 15 years, she began taking on leadership roles, serving as a Mentor Teacher, Dean of Students, Head of Youth Development and School Culture and Head of Resident Teacher Development.

Principal Akinola-Pinard believes that all children and families should have access to a quality education and has used her leadership roles in schools as tools to serve as an agent of change. Through her work as a teacher, a school leader, and a volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world, Principal Akinola-Pinard has seen the power of an education that teaches both academic skills and a strong mindset. She believes deeply in the BPCS mission that charges excellent teachers to prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning. By serving as a leader in true partnership with all members of the DTES community, Principal Akinola-Pinard believes that with our mission as the foundation, we can change the world, one student at a time.

Andrene Robinson

Head of Student Support Services

Hunter College, B.S.; Hunter College M.S.

Angela Park

Lead Teacher

SUNY Stony Brook, B.A., Columbia University, Teachers College, M.A.

Anita Walsh


Parsons School of Design, B.A., George Washington University, M.Ed.

Anya Capps

Lead Teacher

Arianna Kessler

Lead Teacher

Ashleigh Sable

Lead Teacher

Brian DiNizio


Briana Holiday

Special Education Teacher

Cara Dempsey

Lead Teacher

Skidmore College, B.A. & B.S.; Hunter College, M.A.

Caitlyn McGrellis

Lead Teacher

Craig Maynard

PE Teacher

Brooklyn College, B.A.

Dana Lauchner

Learning Specialist

University of Texas at Austin, B.S.

Daniella Torres

First Grade Teacher

Towson University, University of Maryland

Destiny Freeman

Special Projects Manager

Dominic Kaltenborn

Drew Pallas

Classroom Aide

Elizabeth Willingham

Head of Litearcy Instruction

Binghamton University, B.A.; Hunter College, M.A.

Erin Shadowens

Lead Teacher

St John's College, B.A.; Relay GSE, M.A.; Columbia University Teacher's College, M.A.

Friencine Lowes


Grace Lindsey

Director of Operations

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

Hanaa Butcher

Lead Teacher

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

Jessica Snyder

Lead Teacher

Temple University, B.S. & M.S.

Julia Cho

Spanish Teacher

Rutgers University, B.A.

Julie-Rose Gould


Julissa Vasquez

Social Worker

Kai Peinado


University of San Franscisco, B.S.

Kal Leski

Dance/Music Teacher

Karianne Morehouse

Lead Teacher

Kaylah Boston

4th Grade Teacher

Kendra Thomas

Lead Teacher

Delaware State, B.A.

Lam Nguyen

Operations Coordinator

Lusdymer Pichardo

Lead Teacher

Yale University, B.A.; University of New Haven, M.A.

Mandy Ip

Lead Teacher

SUNY Binghamton, B.A.; Hunter College, M.S.

Mary Molitor

ELA Teacher

Matthew Lazarus

Lead Teacher

Bard College, B.A.

Melina Garcia

Lead Teacher

City College of New York, B.A., Touro College, M.A.

Monica De Jesus

Classroom Aide

Bronx Community College

Nicole Cabezudo

Social Worker

Lehman College, B.A., Fordham University, MSW

Paris Welker-Widell

Roxana Lopez

First Grade Teacher

Ruth Louis

Learning Specialist

Hunter College, B.A.

Sommer Pirrung

IB World Language Network Coordinator, Spanish Teacher: Grades 3-5

University of Pittsburgh, B.A. Temple University, M.Ed.

Thaddeus Evans

Head of Math Instruction

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

Yolande Tyrell

Lead Teacher

Touro College, B.S.

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