Faculty & Staff

DREAM Charter School staff promotes physical, social, emotional and moral growth in a nurturing environment with high expectations, inspiring every student to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

 

DREAM is always looking for talented teachers to join our team.

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School leadership
     

Eve Colavito
Head of School

 

   

Marjorie Cass

Middle School Principal

 

Traci L. Douglas

Director of Operations

 

   

Brett Fazio

Dean of Students

 

Andrew Kile

Academic Dean

 

   

Mike McCarthy

Director of School Culture

 

Emily Parkey

Director of Family Engagement

   

Jamie Platzer

Academic Dean

Robin Rubenstein

Elementary School Principal

 

   

KATIE SCHMIDT
Data and Assessment Manager

 

 

     
OPERATIONS      

Eon Goldson

Operations Associate

 

   

Sharae McDuffie

Operations Associate

 

Janice Northia

Manager of School
Administration

   

Beverly Parsons

Operations Manager

Melanie Rodriguez

Operations Associate
     

 

     
       

Student support

     

Aladji Barry

Discipline Coordinator

 

   

Jenna Berman

Social Worker

Jasmin Berrios

Social Worker

   

Marilyne Cartagena

Family Coordinator

 

Angel Lopez

Discpline Coordinator

 

   

Amy Proulx
ELL Coordinator

 

Susie Purviance
Special Education Coordinator

 

   

KATRINA RUIZ
Intervention Specialist

 

Leticia Sanchez
Intervention Specialist

 

   

Brittany Zucker
Speech Teacher

       

 

     
   

SPECIALISTS

     

Nina Fink
K-5 Science Teacher

   

Kristen Frick
3-7 Music and Theater Teacher

 

E. Cherelle Hale
K-3 Music and Theater Teacher
Chorus Director

 

   

Erica Jones
K-4 Art Teacher

 

 

Kaitlin Rodriguez
Health and Wellness Specialist

   

Christine Scott
Health and Wellness Specialist

 

Sophia Spector
5-7 Art Teacher

 

     
Instructional Staff      

Michela Dixon

Kindergarten Teacher

 

   

Stephanie VILLANUEVA

Kindergarten Teacher

 

Claire McQuillen

Kindergarten Teacher

 

   

Rebecca Mandel

Kindergarten Teacher

 

Charles Holiday

Kindergarten Assistant

 

   

Tereva Bundy

Leave Replacement Assistant

 

Kelly Baxter

First Grade Teacher

 

   

Elisa Cervantes

First Grade Teacher

Sheree Williams

First Grade Teacher

 

   

Bari Pelton

First Grade Teacher

Renee Bernardo

Second Grade Teacher

 

   

Melissa L. Perez

Second Grade Teacher

 

Clare Ham

Second Grade Teacher

 

   

Cabrina Kang

Second Grade Teacher

Maryn Brosnan

Third Grade Teacher

 

   

Lauren Ettinger

Third Grade Teacher

Kara Plassmann

Third Grade Teacher

 

   

Alexandra Brown

Third Grade Teacher

Alyssa Krimsky

Fourth Grade Teacher

 

   

Yanela Hernandez

Fourth Grade Teacher

Casey Franco

Fourth Grade Teacher

 

   

Rebecca Myers

Fourth Grade Teacher

Angelina Ferrino

Fifth Grade Teacher

 

   

Melanie Feinberg

Fifth Grade Teacher

Anastazia Neely

Fifth Grade Teacher

 

   

Lodoe Sangmo

Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Carmen Isaac

Sixth Grade Teacher (ELA)

 

   

Sarai Canario

Sixth Grade Teacher (Math)

 

Elizabeth Solaimanian

Middle School Teacher (Science)

 

   

Jeremy Kaller

Middle School Teacher (Social Studies)

 

Laura Chiriboga

Seventh Grade Teacher (ELA)

 

   

Chris Ignaciuk

Seventh Grade Teacher (Math)

 

Eric Abrecht

Middle School
Learning Specialist

 

   

Jacqueline Begnoche

Middle School
Learning Specialist

 

 

 

 

School leadership

 

Eve Colavito, Head of School at DREAM Charter School since 2010, graduated from Brown University and began her teaching career in Mmabatho, South Africa. After two years, she returned to New York City and began teaching at River East Elementary School in East Harlem, where she taught third and fourth graders in a full inclusion class. At River East, Eve further developed her belief in the importance of inclusive education and immersed herself in the practice of engaging constructivist teaching. During this time, she received her Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education.

 

Following her tenure at River East, Eve became a founding teacher and director at Bronx Charter School for the Arts. Eve held a variety of roles there and eventually became the Co-Executive Director, alongside the founder of Bronx Arts. These roles allowed Eve to think strategically about the future of the school, and shape the school's curriculum, instruction and overall approach. All of these experiences have led to Eve's conviction about the possibilities for all students to succeed and their ability to achieve nothing less than excellence. Recently, Eve successfully completed the year-long Aspiring Principals Program through New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country, and was highlighted as a feature success story.

 

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Marjorie Cass, Middle School Principal, graduated from Boston University’s School of Education and moved to Philadelphia where she teamed up with a juvenile justice-centered law firm. There, she worked with local legislators on a bill that would afford students in foster care tuition waivers for state colleges and universities. Marjorie then moved to New York City to join Teach for America. She earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from Pace University while working in the Bronx as a Special Education Teacher and, later, a Founding Special Education Director. Following her time in the Bronx, she moved to Brooklyn where she worked as an Academic Dean and a Principal in Residence. Marjorie is honored and excited to be part of the DREAM family!

 

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Emily Parkey, Director of Family Engagement, is in her fifth year at DREAM Charter School. Emily graduated from the University of Denver with a Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis on community social work with Spanish-speaking populations. She has a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Emily has over 13 years of experience working to build strength-based partnerships with families and communities. She has spent a great deal of time traveling, working, and exploring Central and South America. Emily is fluent in Spanish.

 

 

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