Faculty & Staff - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Sunset Yards Elementary Faculty & Staff

Dana Mulwanda

Founding Principal

Boston College, B.A., Hunter College, M.S.Ed.

Dana Mulwanda is a seasoned educator with over ten years of teaching experience, including six years at Brooklyn Prospect Downtown Elementary School where she was integral to the growth and success of the school. Dana began her journey as an educator as an undergrad at Boston College. Studying there sparked a flame for education and social justice that she has nurtured ever since. She received her M.S.Ed from Hunter College while teaching first grade.

In 2014, Dana was drawn to Brooklyn Prospect because of its commitment to diversity and rigorous academic programming, in conjunction with project-based learning grounded in students’ questions. She served students as an elementary teacher for nearly three years before moving into a leadership role as Head of New Teacher Development where she was able to guide and train early educators. In 2018, Dana became the first member of Prospect Schools’ Principal-in-Residence program, an intensive, multi-year program that prepares future leaders for the rigors of running a school. That same year, Dana was selected for the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition’s inaugural cohort of School Launch Program Fellows, which gives aspiring Principals the tools they need to create and lead high performing, intentionally diverse charter schools.  

In 2020, Principal Mulwanda founded Windsor Terrace Elementary School, the second elementary school to open in the Prospect Schools community.

Aliya Clunie

Kindergarten Teacher

Goucher College, B.A.

Allison Gordon

Kindergarten Teacher

University of Miami, B.A.

Caitlin Yaccarino

Kindergarten Teacher

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

Casey Neumann

Art Teacher

Rhode Island School of Design, B.F.A.; Vermont College of Fine Arts, M.F.A.

Danielle Ponce­-Roden

Learning Specialist

State University of Oneonta, B.A.; Touro College, M.S.

Dashani Rosa

Special Projects Manager

Stony Brook University, B.A.

Deanna Perez

Kindergarten Teacher

Hamilton College, B.A., Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Jocelyn Rodriguez

Director of School Operations

Binghamton University, B.A.; Lehman College, M.S.Ed

Johnna Moore

Learning Specialist

College of William and Mary, B.A.; John Hopkins University, M.A.

Kaitlyn Chiodo

1st Grade Teacher

Syracuse University, B.S.; Fordham University, M.A.

Khalilia Taylor


Touro University, B.A.

Leland Taylor

1st Grade Teacher

Cabrini College, B.A.

Stephanie Winn

1st Grade Teacher

Marist College, B.A.; Brooklyn College, M.A.

Zakiya Williams

Director of School Culture

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

Sara Kramer

2nd Grade Teacher

Sarah Goodis-Orenstein

Head of Instruction

Nikarika Jeyaghandi


Briana Exama

1st Grade Teacher

Dacia Spruill

2nd Grade Teacher

Alisa Cohen

2nd Grade Teacher

Ariana Bell

Enrichment: Music Teacher

Karilyn Nieves

Enrichment: Spanish Teacher

Cassidy Guinada

School Culture Aide

Scott McMillan

Social Worker

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