Faculty & Staff - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Windsor Terrace Middle Faculty & Staff

Carolyn Michael


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

Ms. Michael is the Middle School Principal of Brooklyn Prospect’s Windsor Terrace campus. As Brooklyn Prospect’s founding Math Teacher, she was instrumental in the development of the BPCS academic program. Later, in her capacity as Academic Dean, she spearheaded the school’s successful campaign for International Baccalaureate authorization and led the faculty in bringing the IB program to life within our school at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Ms. Michael holds a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she was awarded the prestigious Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship.  Prior to coming to Brooklyn Prospect, Ms. Michael served for two years as the Program Director of a private school for low-income families in East Harlem.  She also served administrative residencies alongside school leaders at Explore Charter School and Horace Mann.  Ms. Michael graduated with honors from Wellesley College and is fully certified as a School Building Leader in New York State.

Ms. Michael is passionate about making instruction meaningful and reaching all students. Her excellence in the classroom earned her the prestigious distinction of National Board certification in math instruction.  A globally-minded educator, she spent three years living and working in Senegal, West Africa as a member of the Peace Corps.  These days Ms. Michael stays closer to home, biking and hiking the paths of Prospect Park with her husband and two children.

Ava Kerr

Learning Specialist

Middlebury College, B.A., History, Harvard University, M.A., Education

Bernard Nichols

Physical Education Teacher

University of Central Florida, B.A., Nova Southeastern University, M.A.

Carol Britton

Science Teacher

University of the West Indies, B.S., Brooklyn College

Charkeiah Ross


Fordham University

Charles Burwell

Musical Theater Teacher

Florida A&M University, B.S., NYU, Tisch School of Arts, M.F.A.

Christopher Arricale

Reading Teacher

Ursinus College, B.A.

Craig Redmond Cilley

Humanities Teacher

University of Virginia, B.A., University of Richmond, M.A.

Donna Choi Ellis

Middle School Teacher

Duke University, B.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.S.

Dwight Thomas

Director of School Culture

City College of New York, B.A.; Fordham, M.S.W.

Emily Marsh

Humanities Teacher

American University, B.A.; Hunter College, M.S.

Erica Rome

ELA Teacher, ELA/Humanities Department Head

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

Erik Reitinger

Math Department Head

Rutgers University, B.A.; University of Pennsylvania, M.S.

Erika Hardaway

Dean of Students

Hunter College, B.A.; New York University, M.A.

Erin Weiner

Reading Teacher

University of Maryland, B.A., St. John's University, M.A., Bank Street College of Education, EdM

Eve Herold

Humanities Teacher

Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Gabriella Nesse

Math Teacher

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., John Hopkins University, MS

Gregory Stepp

Spanish Teacher

Ohio University B.A. & M.A.

Hannah Pace

Learning Specialist

University of Vermont, B.S., Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Helen Lin

Mandarin Teacher

Hunter College, B.A. & M.A. Candidate

Jacky Wang

NYU Teacher Resident

Fordham University, B.A.

Jamie Saslaw

Spanish Teacher

Pennsylvania State University B.A.; Clarkson University M.A.

Jazmin Torres

Assistant Dean of Students

Empire State College, B.A.

Jeffrey Baird

ELA Teacher

Connecticut College, B.A., Relay Graduate School, M.A.

Jessica Piña

Guidance Counselor

Florida International University, B.A.; Hunter College, MSEd

Karishma Chanda

Director of School Operations

Vassar College, B.A., Columbia University, Teachers College, M.A.

Kiersten Gibson-Cooper


Temple University, B.A., Johns Hopkins University, M.S.

Kujtim Morina


Leonardo Perez

Math Resident Teacher

NYC College of Technology, B.S.

Leslie Gallager


Trinity College, B.A., Pratt Institute, M.S.

Maja Almquist

ELA Teacher

Skidmore College, B.S.; University of Pennsylvania, M.S.

Mallory Easton

Science Teacher

Vassar College, B.A.

Mari Watson

Afterschool Program Manager

Martha Diamond

Social Worker

Kenyon College, B.A.; University of Chicago, M.S.W.

Melissa Bai

Mandarin Teacher & World Language Department Head

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

Melissa Garstecki

Learning Specialist, Support School Coordinator

Duquesne University, B.A., Duquesne University, M.S.

Meredith Tucker

Math Teacher

Duquesne University, B.S.

Michael Marsigliano

Learning Specialist

Hofstra University, B.A., Fordham University, M.S.

Nicolas Fenik

Math Teacher

SUNY Geneseo, B.A.; Brooklyn College, M.S.

Olu Animashaun

ELA Teacher

Harvard, B.A.; Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Oscar Arzu Martinez

Program Coordinator

Connecticut College, B.A.

Paaven Thaker

Science Teacher, Math/Science Department Head

Williams College, B.A.

Paige Reynolds

Learning Specialist and Literacy Department Head

SUNY Albany, B.A., Syracuse University, M.A.

Raphael McGregor

Humanities Teacher

Brandeis University, B.A.

Raquel Guerra

Program Operations Manager

Saint Joseph's College, B.A.; Long Island University, MFA

Rebecca Aliano

Learning Specialist

University of Maryland, B.S.

Rebecca Oviatt

Dance Teacher & Performing Arts Department Head

SUNY Brockport, B.A., New York University, M.A.

Sarah Clore

Social Worker

Wake Forest University, B.A., Columbia University, M.S.

Sergio Morua-Martinez

Visual Arts Teacher

Seton Hall University, B.A., Hunter College, M.A.

Shefki Miftari


Sophia Colecraft-Peters

ELA Teacher & Learning Specialist

University of Buffalo, B.A.

Tyquan Payne

Assistant Dean of Students

Purchase College, B.A.

Vanessa Soriano

NYU Teacher Resident

Montclair State University, B.A.

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