Faculty & Staff - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Sunset Yards Elementary Faculty & Staff

Dana Cordero

Founding Principal

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

Dana Cordero 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 Cordero founded Windsor Terrace Elementary School, the second elementary school to open in the Prospect Schools community.

Alicia Benjamin

Network General Teacher

Alisa Cohen

2nd Grade Teacher

Allison Gordon

Kindergarten Teacher

University of Miami, B.A.

Ariana Bell

Enrichment: Music Teacher

Briana Exama

1st Grade Teacher

Caitlin Yaccarino

2nd Grade 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.

Cassidy Guinada

1st Grade Teacher

Christina Gutierrez

Director of Student Supports

Dacia Spruill

2nd Grade Teacher

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

Kaitlyn Chiodo

3rd Grade Teacher

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

Kaliyma Pearce

1st Grade Teacher

Kara Zartarian

Learning Specialist

Leland Taylor

3rd Grade Teacher

Cabrini College, B.A.

Nikarika Jeyaghandi

2nd Grade Teacher

Sara Kramer

3rd Grade Teacher

Scott McMillan

Social Worker

Stephanie Winn

3rd Grade Teacher

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

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