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EVERGREEN CHARTER SCHOOL

Administration, Faculty & Staff

Administration

Our Administration, Faculty, and Staff work hard to provide a rich learning experience for all of our students.

Karen Leeper

Karen Leeper

ECS Acting Principal

School Director, Grades 5 – 8
kleeper@ecsli.org

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Ms. Karen Leeper has been in education for over 10 years, as both a teacher and administrator. She has extensive administrative experience, and for the past seven years at Evergreen Charter School she was a teacher, the Assistant Principal, and now she is the Principal.

Ms. Leeper holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from University of Buffalo, with a concentration in Early Childhood. She also holds a graduate degree in Childhood Education, and completed a post-master’s Certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and Administration at College of Saint Rose.

Christine Weigand

Christine Weigand

School Director

Grades K – 1
cweigand@ecsli.org

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Ms. Weigand has been in education for almost 32 years. She has served as an Elementary School Teacher, Dual Language Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Academic Intervention Teacher, Director of Curriculum/ Instruction and School Director.

Ms. Weigand holds several degrees including a Master’s Degree in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood. Ms. Weigand brings passion and dedication to ensure that all children receive an excellent education aligned to state standards. She works with all staff providing to students a learning experience in a safe, positive, and academically rich environment.

Elena Litescu

Elena Litescu

School Director

Grades 2 – 4
elitescu@ecsli.org

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Ms. Elena Litescu has been in education for more than 17 years, with more than nine years of experience as an Administrator.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a dual major in Physics and Chemistry. In 2002, she decided to go back to school, and completed a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources. Ms. Litescu continued her educational journey, and this Spring she was conferred a Doctoral Degree in Education. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential.

Lara Gonzalez

Lara Gonzalez

School Director

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Dr. Lara Gonzalez has been a public-school educator for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a school administrator 12 years ago, she was a full time secondary Social Studies teacher. Dr. Gonzalez has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Masters in International Relations, and a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral work focused on New York suburban school systems and how central administration and boards of education collaborate to narrow achievement gaps for students. Dr. Gonzalez is a passionate advocate for her students, their families, and the community she serves.

Lisett M. Knox

Lisett M. Knox

Director of Finance and Operations

Public Records Officer
lknox@ecsli.org

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Lisett M. Knox holds the position of Director of Finance and Operations at Evergreen Charter School. Ms. Knox has over 14 years of experience working in educational settings and over 7 years of experience in the banking industry. She holds a degree in Business Administration and holds a certification in Family Development completed at Cornell University. Ms. Knox also has over 3 years of experience overseeing the operations of all the school’s facilities. Ms. Knox has been directly involved in the planning, project management, and vendor relations as they relate to the preparation of the school’s buildings and grounds to support the school’s expansion.

Diana Soto

Diana Soto

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Grades K – 1
dsoto2@ecsli.org

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Diana Soto has been in education for fifteen years, as a teacher and an administrator. She has three years of experience as an administrator working in a private school setting. As an administrator, she has worked tirelessly to provide learners from all backgrounds with the best opportunities possible.

Ms. Soto holds several degrees, including a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University with an emphasis on multicultural learning. She is deeply committed to multicultural education and serving diverse communities. 

 

As an Latina/o immigrant, woman of color, and first generation college graduate, Ms. Soto’s purpose is to bring a high level of passion and dedication to the area of curriculum and instruction at Evergreen Charter School.

NICHOLAS AGOSTI

NICHOLAS AGOSTI

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Grades 2 – 4
nagosti@ecsli.org

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Nicholas Agosti has been serving in education for over 10 years, serving a multitude of roles in a wide variety of educational settings. 

Nicholas received his undergraduate degrees from Molloy College in 2010, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Bachelor’s of Art degree in History. In 2013, Nicholas enrolled in K.U. Leuven, and took his learning overseas as he studied for his Master’s in Educational Sciences and Psychology. During this time he was selected to represent North America in a conference hosted in Madrid, Spain that would discuss and compare the variety of educational systems from around the world. During his time in Spain, Nicholas studied and became accredited as an English as a Second Language educator at the International TEFL Institute. 

Nicholas’s passion for education is evident in his interactions with students and his drive to ensure that all children are afforded the opportunity for a rigorous and joyful learning experience.

Ana P. Morron

Ana P. Morron

Director of Data, Attendance and Assessments

Grades K – 10
amorron@ecsli.org

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Ana P. Morron is a scholar and an educator from Queens, New York. After graduating from Williams College (Williamstown, MA) in 2009 as a Mellon Mays Fellow with a B.A. in English and Religion, she went on to Yale University (New Haven, CT) to obtain a master’s degree in Religious Studies. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate and David L. Clark Fellow at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) where she is completing a mixed methods study on higher education access among undocumented Latine communities in the Northeast. She is particularly interested in how ideologies and discourses are shaped by structural relations of power, such as race, class, culture, and gender. Her published works have appeared in Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Lexington Books.  

In addition, Ms. Morron has been in education for over ten years. She has worked in various educational settings, including Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) and Taunus Gymnasium (Germany). She has also taught introductory courses at the university level to students enrolled in teacher training programs. More recently, she worked as a researcher at the National Institute for Early Education Research analyzing data on childcare facilities during the pandemic. As the new Director of Data at Evergreen Charter School (Hempstead, NY), Ms. Morron believes it is important to use data and theory to inform educational practices and policies. She is driven by the belief in quality education as an instrument for social change and liberation. 

Business And Admissions Office

Cristel Collado

Admissions Officer

Victoria DeGennaro

Business Office Associate

Genesis Peña-Colon

Interim Admissions Officer

Mariela Plasencia

Human Resources Coordinator

Yessica Sanchez

Admissions Officer

Jeannie Tembra

Admissions Officer

Data And Attendance Office

Wyn Gomez

Attendance Clerk

Rafael Gonzalez

Data Coordinator

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICE

Samuel Laloi

IT Coordinator / Data Privacy Officer

Motiur Muhith

IT Specialist

Faculty and Staff (Grades K – 1)

Linda Abraham

Kindergarten Teacher

Christian Aguilar

World Languages Teacher

Cathy Austin

AIS Teacher

Gabriella Burgos

First Grade Teacher

Lisa Camilli

Reading Specialist

Devan Casey

First Grade Teacher

Ana Castro

Art Teacher

Maria Espinar

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Hina Gul

ENL Teacher

Brooke Haber

Kindergarten Teacher

Brittany Kosta

First Grade Teacher

Laura Laine

Kindergarten Teacher

Jaclyn Lee

First Grade Teacher

Daniel Levitan

Physical Education Teacher

Shanice Manning

Math Specialist

Angelica Martinez

Kindergarten Teacher

Leslie Melendez

Social Worker

Paola Perez

World Languages Teacher

Joelly Quezada

Kindergarten Teacher

Nancy Reyes

Receptionist

Mary Beth Roth

Kindergarten Teacher

Yasmin Santana

Kindergarten Teacher

Christina Shortell

Special Education Teacher

Lizmary Shah

Nurse

Shaun Skariah

Special Education Coordinator

Joan Soares

Kindergarten Teacher

Dillian Soto

Kindergarten Teacher

Cabrina Tasevoli

First Grade Teacher

Evelyn Tavarez

First Grade Teacher

Anthony Vasquez

Facilities Manager

Bridget Venegas

Kindergarten Teacher

Chemene Webber

ENL Teacher

Robyn Webster

Permanent Substitute Teacher

Luis Zamora

Music Teacher

Faculty and Staff (Grades 2-4)

Kathuscia Alexis

Nurse

Natalie Alicea

Teacher Assistant

Wendy Alix

Receptionist

Joanne Banz

Second Grade Teacher

Jessica Blake

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ilsi Burgos

Social Worker

Elena Chwat

Second Grade Teacher

Taylor Caggiano

Third Grade Teacher

Jenifer Corcoran

ENL Teacher

Nuria Figuera

World Languages Teacher

Jessica Francavilla

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alexandra Frank

Second Grade Teacher

Lisa Gail-Hinds

Technology Teacher

Jorge A. Garavito

Facilities Manager

Hailey Greenfield

Permanent Substitute Teacher

Jacquelyn Lanciotti

Special Education Teacher

Jillian Logan

ENL Teacher

Francesca Lombardo

Special Education Teacher

Patricia Markey

Grade 4

Edwin Mejia

World Languages Teacher

Escolatica Mezquita

Receptionist

Kathleen Mulvaney

Fourth Grade Teacher

Margo Oszczypala

AIS Teacher

Christina Russo

Second Grade Teacher

John Saffian

Physical Education Teacher

Michelle Smith

Math Specialist

Vanessa Taveras

Second Grade Teacher

Karla Vasquez

Third Grade Teacher

Alexandra Yereshchenko

Art Teacher

Luis Zamora

Music Teacher

Faculty and Staff (Grades 5 – 10)

Farah Abidi

Science Teacher

Jasmine Alvarez

Receptionist

Mayra Alvarracin

World Languages Teacher

Dana Andrews

Permanent Substitute Teacher

Alex Benabides

Social Studies Teacher

Christa Buccola

Special Education Teacher

Marian Casey

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kenneth Cieri

Technology Teacher

Alexander Eichhorn

Social Studies Teacher

Michael Faulter

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director

Taylor Foerster

Art Teacher

Christopher Gehrig

Math Teacher

Elizabeth Gomez

ENL Teacher

Maritza Gonzales

World Languages Teacher

Harold Gutierrez

Music Teacher

Gracia Guzman

World Languages Coordinator

Heather Hirsch

Math Teacher Teacher

John Holt

Math Teacher

Stephanie Khan

English Teacher

Carla King

Math Coordinator

Mary K. LaSpisa

AIS & Reading Specialist

Merilee Lehmuller

Fifth Grade Teacher

Yvette Medrano

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Andrew Mege

Physical Education Teacher

Danica Mendez

Math and Science Teacher

Sandra Mesonero

World Languages Teacher

Luis Navarro

Facilities Manager

Cristina Ras

Teacher Assistant

Veronica Ortiz

Guidance Counselor

Pedro Rincon

Music Teacher

Maria Perez-Llona

Social Worker

Kristy Restivo

English Teacher

Alexandra Schropfer

ENL Teacher

Kristin Spagnuolo

Fifth Grade Teacher

Dara Shalom

Nurse

Virginia Sullivan

Science Teacher

Gina Tornabe

ELA and Social Studies Teacher

FOOD Services Department

Joshua Poveda

Chef

Jose Aliaga

Chef Assistant

Maria Amaya

Chef Assistant

Despoina Englezou

Dishwasher

Blanca L. Gonzalez

Lunch Aide Coordinator

Wendy Lemus

Assistant Chef