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.

Alexandra Copeland

Lead Teacher

George Washington University, B.A.; Relay, M.A.

Anabel Rivera

Operations Coordinator

Binghamton University, B.S.

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.

Avery Williams


SUNY, College at Westbury, B.A.

Cara Dempsey

Lead Teacher

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

Charmaine Forde Woolfolk


Craig Maynard

PE Teacher

Brooklyn College, B.A.

Dana Lauchner

Learning Specialist

University of Texas at Austin, B.S.

Deika Daniel Fils

Program Aide

Doreen May-Davis

Program Aide

Boricua College, B.A.

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.

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 Higgins

Learning Specialist

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, B.A.; Bank Street College, M.A.

Jessica Snyder

Lead Teacher

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

Julia Cho

Spanish Teacher

Rutgers University, B.A.

Julissa Vasquez

Social Worker

Kendra Thomas

Lead Teacher

Delaware State, B.A.

Khalea Milligan

Food Service Coordinator

Kingsborough Community College, Culinary Arts Program

Leah Mendelson

Social Worker

Connecticut College, B.A.; Columbia College, M.A.

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.

Marin Malki

Lead Teacher

Loyola University, B.A. & M.A.

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

Nairi Touryan


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

Ramsey Jeremie

Dean of Students

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

Ruth Louis

Learning Specialist

Hunter College, B.A.

Samantha Joseph

Operations Coordinator

Lehman College, B.A.

Sarah Heffernan

Lead Teacher

Hampshire College, B.A.; Smith College, M.A.

Sarah Nazryan

Temporary Lead Teacher

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.; George Mason University, M.A.

Sophia Yonezuka


Temple University, B.A. & M.A.

Thaddeus Evans

Head of Math Instruction

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

Tasha Edwards

Program Aide

Queensborough Community College, A.S.

Yolande Tyrell

Lead Teacher

Touro College, B.S.

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