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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Kara Brockett

Pedro Carreno

Elementary School Principal Middle School Dean

MaRjorie Cass


Middle School Principal Head of School

Brett Fazio

Bentley Kapten

Dean of Students Elementary Academic Dean (K-1)

Jamie Platzer

Katie Schmidt

Elementary Academic Dean (2-4) Data and Assessment Manager

Christine Wicks

Emily Parkey

Director of Pre-K Director of Family, Community and Government Affairs



Rosmery Hidalgo

Andrew Kile

Operations Assistant Senior Manager of Operations

Sharae McDuffie

Seun Shokunbi

Operations Associate

Data and Assessment Assistant



Eric Abrecht

Jacqueline Begnoche

Middle School Learning Specialist Middle School Learning Specialist

Joe Bruno

Tasia Burroughs

PE Teacher Middle School Special Education Teacher


Kristen Frick

Elementary Science Teacher Music Teacher

Alexandra Gwynn

Cherelle Hale

Elementary Science Teacher Music Teacher and Chorus Director

Erica Jones

amy proulx

Art Teacher ELL Coordinator


Elizabeth solaimanian

Physical Education Teacher Middle School Science Teacher & Department Chair



Middle School Art Teacher  




Jenna Berman

  Social Worker


Marilyne Cartagena

Elementary School Counselor Family Coordinator

Eleonore Gibson

Hannah Gray Miller

Middle School Special Education Teacher Senior Manager of High School Placement

Angel Lopez

Rebecca Myers

Assistant Dean of Students Intervention Specialist (3-5)

Janice Northia

Susan Purviance

Family Coordinator Special Education Coordinator

Katrina Ruiz

Brittany Zucker

Intervention Specialist (K-2) Speech Pathologist



Jacob Adams

Kelly Baxter

2nd Grade Teacher 1st Grade Teacher

Renee Bernardo

Ethel Bressman

2nd Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Alexandra Brown

Alison Browne

3rd Grade Teacher Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Sarai Canario

Laura Chiriboga

6th Grade Math Teacher 7th Grade English Teacher & Department Chair

Jenn Denninger

Lauren Ettinger

Pre-K Teacher 3rd Grade Teacher

Melanie Feinberg

Stephanie Fox

5th Grade Teacher 3rd Grade Teacher

Brittney Gerald

Clare Ham

5th Grade Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Yanela Hernandez

Richard Hoey

Kindergarten Teacher 5th Grade Teacher

Charles Holiday

Jane Hutcheson

Pre-K Assistant 1st Grade Teacher

Christopher Ignaciuk

Carmen Isaac

7th Grade Math Teacher 6th Grade English Teacher

Korena Johnson

Jeremy Kaller

8th Grade English Teacher Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Cabrina Kang

Alyssa Krimsky

2nd Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Michelle Lefrancois

Rebecca Mandel

8th Grade Math Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Joycelyn McGregor

Claire McQuillen

Pre-K Assistant Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Caitlin Murphy

Anastazia Neely

1st Grade Teacher 5th Grade Teacher

Bari Pelton

Melissa Perez

1st Grade Teacher 2nd Grade Teacher

Kara Plassmann

Lodoe Sangmo

3rd Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Morgan Steinberg

Sheree Williams

4th Grade Teacher Pre-K Teacher




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.



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! 



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.




Jamie Platzer, Academic Dean (Grades 2-4), joined DREAM Charter School in 2009 after teaching fifth grade at PS 47 in the Bronx.  Jamie taught at DREAM in the Angels and Saints classrooms for a number of years.  Her background is in Special Education and she loves the opportunity to spend everyday working with DREAM teachers, scholars, and families.  Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Education from Pace University as a member of the Teach for America program in New York City.  Jamie completed the New Leaders Aspiring Principals program and received a Masters in Education 





Christine Wicks, Pre-K Director, graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.  Christine moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation and taught at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School as both a special educator and a special education case manager.  During her years at AppleTree Christine was able to expand her knowledge of early childhood education and the development of all children ages 3 and 4.  Christine then spent three years with Uncommon Schools as an early elementary educator which allowed her to understand fully what our Pre-K scholars need in order to be successful in Kindergarten and beyond.  Christine is thrilled to be the founding Pre-K Director at DREAM and to help our Little DREAMers in their first steps to college and beyond!




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