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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

Middle School Director
kleeper@ecsli.org

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

cweigand@ecsli.org

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

elitescu@ecsli.org

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.

Lisett M. Knox

Lisett M. Knox

Director of Finance and Operations

Public Records Officer
lknox@ecsli.org

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.

Faculty and Staff

Christian Aguilar

Spanish Teacher

Jose Aliaga

Chef Assistant

Maria Amaya

Chef Assistant

Dana Andrews

Permanent Substitute Teacher - Grades 6 - 9

Jennifer Bayer

Kindergarten

Alex Benabides

Social Studies, Grades 7 - 9

Lewis Bent

Technology Coordinator & Data Officer

Christa Buccola

Special Education, Grades 6 - 9

Gabriella Burgos

Grade 1

Ilsi Burgos

Social Worker, Grades 3-5

Taylor Caggiano

Grade 3

Lisa Camilli

Special Education Teacher

Devan Casey

Grade 2

Elena Chwat

Permanent Substitute Teacher, Grades 3-5

Brianna Coker

Grade 5

Cristel Collado

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Julissa Cuesta-Matteo

Business Office Assistant

Emily Davies

Kindergarten

Victoria DeGennaro

Business Office Assistant

Alexander Eichhorn

Technology Specialist

Despoina Englezou

Dishwasher

Alexander Espaillat

Dishwasher

Michael Faulter

Physical Education/Health, Grades 6 - 9

Sabrina Fredrico

ENL Teacher, Grades K-2

Nuria Figuera

Spanish Grades K - 2

Carmen Flores-Palma

Receptionist, K - 2 Campus

Taylor Foerster

Art, Grades 6 - 9

Jessica Francavilla

Grade 4

Alexandra Frank

Grade 3

Jorge A. Garavito

Facilities Supervisor, Grades 3-5

Christopher Gehrig

Math Teacher

Wyn Gomez

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Blanca L. Gonzalez

Lunch Aide Coordinator

Hina Gul

ENL Teacher

Harold Gutierrez

Music, Grades 3 - 9

Emily Halper

Art, Grades K - 2

Carla Hemingway-King

Math Coordinator

Evelyn Hernandez

Technology Specialist, Grades K - 2

Heather Hirsch

Math Teacher, Grades 7-8

John Holt

Math/Science Teacher, Grade 9

Juliana Kalinsky

ENL Teacher, Grades 3-9

Brittany Kosta

Grade 1

Alyssa Kurtzberg

Art Teacher, Grades 3-5

Laura A. Laine

Kindergarten

Samuel Laloi

Technology Specialist

Mary K. LaSpisa

Reading, Grades 3-5

Jaclyn Lee

Grade 1

Wendy Lemus

Assistant Chef

Daniel I. Levitan

Physical Education Grades K - 2

Jillian Logan

ENL Teacher, Grades K-2

Francesca Lombardo

Special Education, Grade 3-5

Shanice Manning

Permanent Substitute Teacher, Grades K-2

Shaira Maqsudi

Grade 2

Patricia Markey

Grade 5

Angelica Martinez

Kindergarten

Cristina Marzigliano

Business Office Assistant

Rita Matarese

Special Education Grades K - 2

Yvette Medrano

Receptionist - Grades 6 - 9

Andrew Mege

Physical Education Teacher, Grades K-2

Danica Mendez

Math/Science, Grade 6

Sandra Mesonero Marquez

Spanish Teacher, Grades 6-9

Michelle Monahan

Grade 2

Luis Montoya

Spanish Teacher, Grades 6 - 9

Moriah Morales Lopez

Receptionist, Grades 3-5

Kathleen Mulvaney

Grade 4

Josue Munoz Lara

Physical Education, Grades 3 - 5

Luis Navarro

Facilities Manager, Grades 6-9

Joan Nidzyn-Soares

Kindergarten

Amanda O'Connell

Grade 2

Devan Orlowski

Kindergarten

Veronica Ortiz

Guidance Counselor, Grades 6-9

Manuel Paredes

Custodian

Joseph Pena

School Psychologist

Paola Perez

Spanish Teacher, Grades K-2

Maria Perez-Llona

Social Worker - Grades 6 - 9

Joshua Poveda

Chef

Daniel Quintanilla

Custodian

Cristina Ras

Teacher Assistant, Grades K-2

Kristy Restivo

English, Grades 7, 8

Pedro Rincon

Music Grades 3 - 9

Maximiliano Rosales

Custodian

Mary Beth Roth

Kindergarten

Christina Russo

Grade 1

Luis Sanchez

Facilities Supervisor

Yasmin Santana

Kindergarten

Maria Salvi

Director of Data and Attendance Assistant

Alexandra Schropfer

ENL Teacher, Grades 6-9

Lizmary Shah

Special Education, Grades K-2

Christina Shortell

Kindergarten

Shaun Skariah

Special Education Coordinator

Michelle Smith

Math, Grades 3 - 5

Dillian Soto

Kindergarten

Kristin Spagnuolo

Grade 4

Jenifer Steckler

ENL Teacher, Grades 3-5

Virginia Sullivan

Science - Grades 7 - 9

Cabrina Tasevoli

Grade 1

Lymari Tattnall

Social Worker - Grades K - 2

Vanessa Taveras

Grade 1

Gina Tornabe

ELA/SS, Grade 6

Karla Vasquez

Grade 3

Daniel Villar

Spanish Teacher

Bridget Venegas

Kindergarten

Chemene Webber

ENL Teacher, Grades K-2

Luis Zamora

Music Teacher, Grades K-2