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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.

Christine Weigand

Christine Weigand

School Director

Grades K – 1

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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

Acting Principal

School Director, Grades 2 – 4

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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.

Frances Echevarria

Frances Echevarria

School Director

Grades 5 – 8

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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.

H.S. Leadership Team

H.S. Leadership Team

School Directors

Grades 9 – 11

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The H.S. Leadership Team is comprised of three school leaders: Gracia Guman, the World Languages Coordinator; Ana Morron, the Data Director; and Shaun Skariah, the Special Education Coordinator. 

Through collaborative leadership, the H.S. Leadership is working tirelessly to promote:

  • a shared, forward-thinking vision for teaching and learning. 
  • high expectations for data-driven transformations to teaching and learning
  • transformative and democratic decision-making that empower students and staff
  • a culture where collaboration, empowerment, trust, transparency, and respect are consistently modeled
Lisett M. Knox

Lisett M. Knox

Director of Finance and Operations

Public Records Officer

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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

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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 – 5

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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.

Marcia Velasco

Marcia Velasco

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Grades 6 – 8

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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

Data and Attendance Assistant

Jazmin Torres

Data and Attendance Assistant

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICE

Samuel Laloi

IT Coordinator / Data Privacy Officer

Motiur Muhith

IT Specialist

Faculty and Staff (Grades K – 1)

Christian Aguilar

World Languages Teacher

Samantha Antoine

Kindergarten Teacher

Cathy Austin

AIS Teacher

Gabriella Burgos

Special Education Teacher

Lisa Camilli

Reading Coordinator

Ana Castro

Art Teacher

Maria Espinar

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Hina Gul

ENL Teacher

Carmen Fernandez

Kindergarten Teacher

Carmen Fernandez

Kindergarten Teacher

Brooke Haber

First Grade 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

Jennifer Perdomo

Kindergarten Teacher

Paola Perez

World Languages 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

AIS Teacher

Dillian Soto

Kindergarten Teacher

Cabrina Tasevoli

First Grade Teacher

Evelyn Tavarez

Support

Bridget Venegas

Kindergarten Teacher

Chemene Webber

ENL Teacher

Robyn Webster

First Grade Teacher

Christina Russo

Kindergarten Teacher

Ashley Richards

First Grade Teacher

Aline Araujo Teixeira

ENL Teacher

Jingxuan Zhang

Music Teacher

Faculty and Staff (Grades 2-5)

Kathuscia Alexis

Nurse

Natalie Alicea

Teacher Assistant

Akayla Anderson

Permanent Substitute

Joanne Banz

Second Grade Teacher

Jessica Blake

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ilsi Burgos

Social Worker

Taylor Caggiano

AIS Teacher

Elena Chwat

Second Grade Teacher

Madelyn Claros

Receptionist

Jenifer Corcoran

ENL Teacher

Nuria Figuera

World Languages Teacher

Jessica Francavilla

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alexandra Frank

Second Grade Teacher

Lisa Gail-Hinds

Third Grade Teacher

Hailey Greenfield

Third Grade Teacher

Jennifer Gulino

Second Grade Teacher

Takiyah Hyman-Romero

Support

Jacquelyn Lanciotti

Special Education Teacher

Merilee Lehmuller

Fifth Grade Teacher

Jillian Logan

ENL Teacher

Francesca Lombardo

Special Education Teacher

Patricia Markey

Third Grade Teacher

Edwin Mejia

World Languages Teacher

Kathleen Mulvaney

Fourth Grade Teacher

Margo Oszczypala

AIS Teacher

Susan Nurenberg

AIS Teacher

Margo Oszczypala

AIS Teacher

Jolie Palillo

Third Grade Teacher

Chelsea Petralia

Fifth Grade Teacher

Panagiota Roumbos

Support

Michelle Smith

Math Specialist

Kristin Spagnuolo

Special Education Teacher

Bradley Stone

ENL Teacher

Vanessa Taveras

Second Grade Teacher

Karla Vasquez

Technology Teacher

Daniel Villar

World Languages Teacher

Laurence Volel-Witkowski

Third Grade Teacher

Alexandra Yereshchenko

Art Teacher

Luis Zamora

Music Teacher

Faculty and Staff (Grades 6-8)

Mayra Alvarracin

World Languages Teacher

Alex Benabides

Social Studies Teacher

Francine Cilke

AIS Teacher

Gerald D'Angelone

Science Teacher

Krista Marie DeRosa

Math Teacher

Chiara Eskew

Special Education Teacher

Harold Gutierrez

Music Teacher

Jorge A. Garavito

Facilities Manager

Ana Macias

Social Worker

Andrew Mege

Physical Education Teacher

Cristina Ras

World Languages Teacher

Pedro Rincon

Music Teacher

Kristy Restivo

ELA Teacher

Alexandra Schropfer

ENL Teacher

Haydee Ruiz

ELA Teacher

Danielle Tamis

Guidance Counselor

Matthew Schroh

Science/ Social Studies Teacher

Faculty and Staff (Grades 9 – 11)

Jasmine Alvarez

Receptionist

Dana Dunham

Permanent Substitute 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

Harold Gutierrez

Music Teacher

Gracia Guzman

World Languages Coordinator

John Holt

Math Teacher

Stephanie Khan

ELA Teacher

Yvette Medrano

Principal's Administrative Assistant

Danica Mendez

Math and Science Teacher

Sandra Mesonero

World Languages Teacher

Luis Navarro

Facilities Manager

Veronica Ortiz

Guidance Counselor

Maria Perez-Llona

Social Worker

Pedro Rincon

Music Teacher

Dara Shalom

Nurse

Virginia Sullivan

Science 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