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Ms. Koza

Christina Koza is the founding principal of SCCS; she took on
 the role of Principal after spending a decade in the classroom teaching ELA and Drama in Brooklyn Public Schools. Ms. Koza is an Iowa native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds dual Masters degrees in English Education and Educational Theater from New York University. She was a founding teacher at Williamsburg Preparatory High School, a Master Teacher/Teaching Coach at Brooklyn School for Global Studies, and is a graduate of the NYC Department of Education’s Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program.

Ms. Koza is committed to building a community of staff, students, and families that learn and grow together, and is dedicated to the goal of helping our students become successful, independent, compassionate, and empowered citizens of the world.

Mr. Hammer
Assistant Principal

Mr. Hammer received his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University at Albany and his Master’s in Education at the College of New Rochelle, while also receiving his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Rose.

Prior to Mr Hammer's appointment as Assistant Principal, he served as a Middle School Math Coach for 5 years. In addition, he also served as a Testing & Programming Coordinator, while also teaching middle school mathematics for 10 years. 

Mr. Hammer enjoys working with the entire Spring Creek community to make Spring Creek Community School an outstanding school that focuses on both the students’ academic and social growth. Mr. Hammer aims to ensure that students are provided with experiences to help demonstrate personal, social, and emotional, as well as academic growth and success.

Ms. Ross
Assistant Principal (AI)
Ms. Ross is a new member to the Spring Creek community this year. She took on the role as assistant principal after spending 10 years in education serving as a chemistry, physics, and engineering teacher. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA who earned her bachelors in chemistry education from the University of Georgia. She received a Master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership at The City College of New York.
She is excited to be part of the Spring Creek community and enjoys working to ensure success for all of the students at Spring Creek academically, socially, and emotionally.

Ms. Baez
Germania Santana Baez is the founding secretary at SCCS. Her duties are varied and far reaching. She touches many lives in her work with the SCCS community. Ms. Baez was born in the Dominican Republic but was raised in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Baez is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Baez is a graduate of Clara Barton High School; she continued her studies and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School for Secretarial Sciences. Ms. Baez worked in private industry before working in the NYC public schools. Ms. Baez began her career at the NYC DOE at Hearing Education Services. Ms. Baez also worked at I.S. 318, P.S. 257, and J.H.S. 166. Ms. Baez’s hobbies include reading, listening to music, walking, and going to the beach. 

Ms. Baez believes that students learn best when respected, genuinely regarded and accepted, and that all adults are powerful models for all students.

"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate" -Anonymous

Mr. Burd
Guidance Counselor 
Mr. Burd is the middle school guidance counselor at SCCS and is also a founding staff member. He received his Master’s degree in School Counseling from Hunter College and his bachelor’s degrees in Education and Theatre at the Pennsylvania State University. Before working at SCCS, he was a 7th grade ELA and Drama teacher for six years at I.S. 364 in Starrett City. Housed in his office is the beginning of the SCCS recording studio, home to many talented young artists. If you’re ever looking for Mr. Burd, he can be seen walking around the building sporting his tremendous red beard. He is also the proud father of a brand new baby girl! 

Ms. Persad
Guidance Counselor
Avalene was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a small Island located in the Caribbean Basin. She immigrated to Brooklyn New York (BedStuy) when she was in Elementary School. She attended New York City Public Schools in various parts of Brooklyn including, Crown Heights, Cobble Hill, and Red Hook. She has also lived in many parts of Brooklyn such as, East New York and Flatbush. It’s safe to say she considers herself a true “Brooklynite.”

She obtained her Bachelors degree from St. Francis College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. For Graduate School she attended Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) where she received her Masters of Science in Education: Focusing on Counseling.

Her goal is to help guide students through school and instill self-reliance and resilience in them. She has been described as passionate, persistent, relatable, and knowledgeable.

Avalene is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

Having lived in many places she LOVES traveling; she may also be obsessed with Chocolate.

Ms. Holland
Parent Coordinator 
Ms. Holland has been with the New York City Department of Education for 25 years. Her career started as an Educational Paraprofessional in District 75. She has been a Parent Coordinator for eight years and loves the opportunity to help families in every facet of their lives. Ms. Holland brings a vast amount of talents to the SCCS family which she is excited to share; she holds a certification in Event Planning and she loves teaching jewelry making and vision board workshops. Ms.Holland is excited about the possibilities that grow in the union between school and families.

Mr. Battle
Community Associate
Mr. Battle is an East New York community native and product of the NYC public school system, who is also a proud parent of daughters who are currently in the public school system. He attended P.S 213, I.S 166 and South Shore H.S, where he has been an assistant football coach for 7 years. The opening of Spring Creek Community School was the first opportunity that Mr. Battle has felt that he has had the chance to make a difference in the community he grew up. As co-founder and owner of S.A.T., an athletic training company, Mr. Battle works with community leaders and youth organizations across the city with training and mentoring young Student-Athletes. His goal is to see as many students possible from low income communities have the opportunity to experience a higher education.   -“Flowers do grow in Brooklyn; they just need a little sunlight."

Mr. Alter
6th Grade Team Leader
Math- 6th and 7th Grade
Special Education
Mr. Alter is our 6th and 7th grade Math c0-teacher and one of the founding staff members of Spring Creek Community School.  Mr. Alter received his B.A. in Sociology from Bard College and his M.A. of education from Brooklyn College. Mr. Alter is honored to be part of the learning community at SCCS.  Mr. Alter enjoys working with the Drama Club and Tech Team.  In his free time Mr. Alter enjoys hiking, taking bike rides in prospect park and having his heart broken by the New York Mets.

Ms. Marie Barnes 
Social Studies - 10th Grade
Ms. Marie is a native East New Yorker, from Cypress Hills. She earned her BA in History at West Virginia State University. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Marie had worked as a political fundraiser and campaigner, waitress, bartender, health researcher, Spanish tutor, and academic coach. Her first teaching position was as a Pre-K Teacher in Wuxi, China. She lived in China for two years and had the chance to fulfill many lifelong travel dreams. But after living outside of Brooklyn for a decade, she had to come back. She feels so lucky and so proud to be a part of the SCCS family - our school is a gem of East NY!
Ms. Marie has been obsessed with politics and history ever since she was a kid, and she LOVES discussing these topics with students. She also loves reading literature and non-fiction of many varieties, and she is always ready with a historical anecdote or book recommendation. Ms. Marie is the proud mom of two great kids, and a proud auntie to three more. Her hobbies include playing the piano and riding her bike. You may see her riding around!

Mr. Bartels
Global History - 9th Grade
Mr. Bartels was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has spent almost his whole life in scouting, which makes him quite the outdoorsman and most of his life in school, seeing himself as a disciplined scholar. With a bachelors and masters degree in history, he is well versed in the past. His second Masters in Secondary education in Social Studies. Before teaching at SCCS, Mr. Bartels worked at the College of Staten Island in the Office of information Technology, and is a proud graduate of the NYC Department of Educations Teaching Collaborative program, giving him the tools to bring the past alive for his students.

Ms. Bertini
Algebra I - 9th Grade
n 2012, Ms. Bertini moved to New York City to teach middle school math at PEACE Academy in Brooklyn. Previously, she taught high school math classes at the Alternative School program through OCM BOCES. Last year, Ms. Bertini's Algebra l class received a $1,000 grant from the Brooklyn Nets. The students used this money to travel to Cortland (Central New York - and Ms. Bertini's hometown) to visit farms, museums and adventure centers. They spent three days and two nights exploring life without cell phones - and returned to NYC excited to share their experiences! Ms. Bertini is hoping to make this trek every year with her students!

Ms. Bertini was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to accept a job as chef on a trimaran in the Caribbean in her earlier years. Upon returning from the islands, she made her "land" home in the Adirondacks, working in various restaurants and hotels, spending down time on waterskiis, sailboats and bicycles. Her later travels found Ms. Bertini in Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Trinidad and South Africa.

On Saturday evenings in the fall, there is plenty of shouting and cheering in her home; Ms. Bertini is a football fan of the Arizona State University Sun Devils - her undergrad alma mater. She received a Masters in Teaching Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. Why come back to New York state after spending years in Arizona, you might wonder? The fact is, Ms. Bertini missed the beauty of New York, with its lakes, mountains, changing seasons... and magnificent cities!

When not in her office writing lessons or researching new ways to teach "old" math, Ms. Bertini can be found digging in the dirt in her yard (she's an avid gardener), creating different ways to make biscotti or visiting with the neighborhood kids. Her favorite place to be is on the beach, whether sunny and warm or cloudy and cool.

Ms. Bertini would say that she is "fiercely competitive"; she loves a good game of any kind, enjoys laughing from the heart and looks forward to sharing that spirit with the students and families of Spring Creek Community School.

Ms. Bhalai 
Special Education
Ms. Bhalai is a budding entrepreneur and educator with over 10 years of experience working in the education system as a teacher, advisor for new teachers, and director. She earned a M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership and a M.S.Ed from Brooklyn College in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Middle Childhood Education. Ms. Bhalai's interest in education lies primarily with creating effective education environments and urban reform.

Ms. Blanc
Science Department Chair
Science - 9th Grade

Ms. Blanc was born in Roseau, a town in the tiny island of Dominica, located in the West Indies. She attended school in Dominica up till the age of 7 when she immigrated to the US. Ms. Blanc completed her undergrad degree in Molecular Biology at Hampton University which is a historically black university located in Virginia. Ms. Blanc fell in love with teaching while volunteering at a Head Start in Virginia where she assisted a teacher within her classroom. Ms. Blanc is the proud mother of a 7 year old who she calls her “gentle giant” because he is extremely tall for his age but is the sweetest kid ever!

Mr. Brooks
Mr. Brooks is a veteran New York City music teacher who has taught at each level of public school except 3rd 4th & 5th grade. He is a proud graduate of The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and an alumnus of Berklee College of Music.
Mr. Brooks performs publicly on a consistent basis, playing bass guitar and singing. He is also an avid baseball fan and chess player. He will readily discuss sports, music, chess or just about anything else on your mind. He is eager to help encourage the students of Spring Creek to showcase their musical talents.

Ms. Bucco
ELA Department Chair
ELA - 9th Grade
Ms. Katie Bucco is an avid cyclist, decorator, and connoisseur of fine coffee from around the world. Ms. Bucco holds dual bachelor degrees in English and Theater from Penn State University and a Master's in Education from Relay GSE. During college, Ms. Bucco was lucky enough to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and work at the famous Abbey Theater. Before teaching, Ms. Bucco worked with some of New York City's top voiceover artists on many exciting animated projects, commercials, and documentaries. She is proud and excited to be back at SCCS with her dynamic co-teacher, Ms. Angie Torres. Ms. Bucco will also be developing the curriculum for high school Advisory at SCCS.

Ms. Connell Gottlieb
Social Studies- 8th Grade
Ms. Connell Gottlieb loves her Spring Creek 8th graders and being a part of the SCCS Community! Before she received her M.A. from Teacher's College, she worked for a sustainable economic development organization in the Guatemalan highlands, supporting women in running their own businesses and providing health related products and services. In college she was involved in various social justice organizations and volunteered teaching non-violent conflict resolution, spurring her interest in education. As a Jersey Shore native, she loves to body surf and read at the beach. She also spends as much time as she can rock climbing, biking around the city and hiking- passions she is looking to share with SCCS students in the new after school Adventure Club.

Mr. Flemming
ELA - 8th Grade
MA Teachers College at Columbia University
Mr. Fleming began his interest in teaching as a seasonal snowboard instruction in Colorado. While reflecting on the slopes and in the cold, he realized his interests were in teaching and learning about writing. Besides snowboarding, Mr. Fleming enjoys mountain biking and camping. He spends a majority of his free time reading about sports and politics, the criminal justice system, the economy, and anything else that is recommended to him.

Ms. Floratos
Social Studies Department Chair
Social Studies - 6th Grade
"Wisdom begins in wonder" - Socrates

This is the guiding principle that drives Ms. Floratos's pedagogy. As both the social studies and technology teacher she feel passionately about history, social justice and technology. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at New York University and her Master of Science degree from Queens College. While at Queens College she received the Research in Social Studies Eduction Award. In addition to her love of teaching and learning Ms.Floratos believes strongly in community service and is involved in numerous charitable endeavors.

"Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!"

Ms. Ginsberg
9th Grade Global History and Mathematics 
Ms. Ginsberg is a passionate and dedicated educator who loves the arts, food, and travel. She became a New York City Teaching Fellow after working as a Teaching Artist in Philadelphia emergency shelters and schools as well as instructing woodworking classes for adults. Ms. Ginsberg believes that teaching is a form of activism for social justice. She is completing her M.S. in Education at Long Island University and graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in Visual Arts.

Mr. Foldfien
Math - 10th Grade
Mr. Goldfien is a first year 10th grade Algebra and Geometry teacher. He served as a Paraprofessional for the city schools for over 7 years until 2016 when he received his MA from St. John's University. Prior to that, he worked in the design field and looks forward to bringing his work experience into his mathematics classroom.

Ms. Greenlee
Science - 8th Grade
Ms. Greenlee was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She has lived in a variety of places including Uganda, Singapore, and Cambodia before settling in Brooklyn. She received a M.A. from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development which provided her opportunities to work with the USDA, Harvard University, and on sanitation projects abroad. When Ms. Greenlee isn't teaching her amazing 8th graders she is busy practicing yoga, dancing, making dinner, and reading novels.

Ms. Johnson
ELA / Science  -6th Grade 
Special Education
Ms. Johnson is delighted to be a part of the SCCS community. Before embarking on a career path as an educator, Ms. Johnson provided services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, supporting them and their families through the early intervention process. Ms. Johnson received her B.S. in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and is completing her Masters in Education at St. John’s University. Outside of school, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, has a special affinity for swimming, and loves exploring Brooklyn on her bicycle. Ms. Johnson is a great believer in what communities can accomplish with cooperation and compassion, and is very excited to be part of a team that displays so much of both!

Ms. Khan
10th Grade Team Leader
ELA - 10th Grade
Ms. Khan is a proud, founding member of the Spring Creek Community School team. As a graduate of the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Ms. Khan believes in creating a classroom environment that encourages and facilitates student agency and drive.

Although she has been the 6th grade ELA teacher for the past four years, Ms. Khan is very pleased and excited to be the 10th grade English teacher for the 2016 - 2017 school year. As students prepare for the regents exam in Ms. Khan's class, they will also be prepared as citizens by learning how to read and understand the greater world around them.

Ms. Khan also shares her love of theater with students as the director of the SCCS drama club, which performs two productions each school year. Ms. Khan can be reached via email at NKhan@SCCSBrooklyn.org with any questions or concerns.

Ms. Lee
8th/9th Grade Science
Special Education
Ms. Lee is a native of Long Island with a background in Corporate America. She transitioned successfully to academia while earning her M.A. in sociology at St. John's University, leading undergrad courses alongside department faculty as a graduate assistant. After grad school Ms. Lee joined the Teaching Fellows because she wants to make a difference in the education of today's youth. Ms. Lee first came to SCCS during her spring apprenticeship with the Fellows, and it has been an academic love match ever since. Her commitment to closing the achievement gap is unwavering, and there is no doubt that she will work tirelessly, making sure all students of SCCS are able to become productive members of society who make the world a better place. When Ms. Lee is not in the classroom she enjoys exploring the wonders of Manhattan and road tripping with her daughter. 

Ms. Miller
Science - 7th Grade
Ms. Miller, born and raised on Long Island, New York. The desire to make a difference, and positively impact communities has always been Ms. Miller’s academic and career focus. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology from the University at Buffalo. Since graduating in 2013, she has been taking electronic music production courses as well as attending Teachers College, Columbia University where she is receiving her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Miller decided to pursue a career in teaching and joined the New York City Teaching Fellow’s program because she believes it is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling professions. Through this program she is receiving her master’s degree in Education from Brooklyn College. Ms. Miller hopes to challenge and inspire her students at SCCS as she helps them develop into Scientists.

When it comes to fun, Ms. Miller enjoys dancing, art, traveling, DJing, photography, playing video games, watching Indie Films and Documentaries, listening to music, and producing electronic music.

Lastly, to leave you with an educational quote by the great Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Mr. Ortiz
Math - 7th Grade
Mr. Ortiz was born in Bronx, New York but at an early age moved with his family to Puerto Rico where he was raised. He received BA in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and worked for a number of years in the pharmaceutics industry in Puerto Rico. In 2002, he returned to the New York and became a New York Teaching Fellow where he found a new calling as a math middle school teacher. During this period of time he obtained a MS in Education at Lehman College.
During his tenure as a teacher, Mr. Ortiz has worked at PS 212 in the Bronx and IS 302 in Brooklyn. This is his 1st year here at Spring Creek Community School where he hopes to make a positive impact on the students he meets.
Mr. Ortiz is also a proud member of the US Army Reserve where he has served for 18 years. He’s a husband and a proud father of three boys. Currently living in Suffolk County, Long Island.

Mr. Ribenbach
Dean / 
Physical Education
Mr. Ribenbach is a product of the New York City public school system, and a proud parent of two daughters in the NYC public school system.  Mr. Ribenbach is a Brooklyn College graduate and has coached high school baseball and basketball for 17 years.  Currently Mr. Ribenbach coaches basketball and softball at Sheepshead Bay HS.

Ms. Rousseau
8th Grade Team Leader
ELA - 8th Grade
Social Studies - 8th Grade
Special Education

In addition to teaching 8th grade Social Studies and ELA, Ms. Rousseau is a founding SCCS staff member and a proud 8th grade advisor! She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University with certificates in African-American Studies and French Language and Culture. A New York City Teaching Fellow, Ms. Rousseau has also earned an M.S. in Education from Long Island University. In her free time, Ms. Rousseau is an aspiring world traveller whose most recent trips have taken her to Greece, Switzerland, Mexico, France, Guatemala and Canada. When she's not globe-trotting or dreaming about her next travel destination, Ms. Rousseau enjoys reading, being her 6 year old nephew's favorite auntie, and convincing people that she only watches Real Housewives of anywhere as legitimate anthropological research :)

Ms. Sawyer
Math Department Chair
Math - 6th Grade
Ms. Sawyer has been a member of the SCCS community for three years. As a math teacher and as a teacher leader, Ms. Sawyer is a vivacious individual.

Math is all around us, all the time, and Ms. Sawyer believes deeply in giving children the ability to calculate all aspects of the world around them. She believes that education is the foundation for equality and that education has the power to change lives and transform generations.

Mr. Scannell 
Physical Education
Mr. Scannell was born and raised in Rockaway Beach. He attended St. Francis College for his Bachelors in Physical Education and is currently finishing up with Masters in Physical Education. This will be Mr. Scannell's second year teaching and he is looking forward to implementing fun and challenging lessons in the gym. Mr. Scannell spends most of his time outside of school catching up on TV shows and movies or working at his local Volunteer Fire Department. 

Ms. Skula
Science - 10th Grade
Ms. Skula is extremely excited be part of the team at Spring Creek Community School as the 10th grade Science teacher! Ms. Skula graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA with a BA in studio art, and a second BA in history with a focus on race and gender in the United states. She is currently obtaining her MA in Adolescent Education: Biology 7-12 at SJU. Ms. Skula is passionate about education equality and creating a growth mindset culture in her classroom. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys time in the woods and nature, working out, and reading nonfiction books and articles.

“It’s not that I’m so smart, I just stay with problems longer.” – a.e.

Ms. Sterrett
ELA / Social Studies - 10th Grade
Special Education
Ms. Sterrett believes that quality public education is our greatest social responsibility, and she's proud to be a part of the stellar team at SCCS. She earned her Masters in Education from LIU Brooklyn and her B.A. in Philosophy. from Scripps College in Southern California. Originally from Seattle, WA, Ms. Sterrett enjoys traveling, hiking, reading novels, and trying delicious new foods. Before teaching, Ms. Sterrett planned and led community service projects for volunteers all over NYC, and she now proudly oversees the SCCS Volunteer Service Club.

Ms. Torres
9th Grade Team Leader
9th Grade Living Environment
10th Grade Marine Biology
Special Education
Ms. Angie Torres is an archer extraordinaire, an avid outdoorswoman and a staunch advocate for human rights and educational empowerment. She earned an M.S. in Leadership Education in Students with Disabilities from City College and continues to volunteer at various youth advocacy programs, dedicating her time to supporting youth by providing emotional, social, legal, medical and academic support. Currently, she gallantly leads a 7th grade advisory, the reigning champions of the Second Annual Hallway Decorating Competition. Between classes, Ms. Torres enjoys partaking in 60 second '90s inspired dance parties with the exuberant Ms. Bucco and sparkling Ms. Lee. Why don’t you stop in and dance some time?

Ms. Valmon-Alleyne
7th Grade - ELA, Science and Social Studies
Special Education
Ms.Valmon-Alleyne completed her B.A. in English at John Jay College for Criminal Justice and served as editor, writer and photographer for the John Jay Sentinel newspaper. In addition Ms.Valmon-Alleyne has been published in "THE QUILL," an annual creative writing/art publication at John Jay. Expressing and exploring the world through written, visual or audiable forms of art are one of the interest she looks forward to incorporating into the classroom. She also enjoys reading her son's favorite bedtime story, "Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy,Yes I Do" as well as making homemade hair and face masks (in her spear time). Ms.Valmon-Alleyne looks forward to the upcoming school years a member of the SCCS team.

Ms. Velez
ELA - 7th Grade
A product of New York City public school education, she attended Cardozo High School where she was part of the dance program and an active participant in plays and other school productions. Ms. Velez has a background in dancing hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, salsa, and zumba. She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English and is currently studying to teach English to students of other languages at Queens College. 

Mr. Villoch
Special Education
Jonathan is a visual artist who works primarily on colorful, large-scale wall drawings. Utilizing a studio-like practice inside the classroom lends to techniques, materials and projects discussed and explored by students. He began his college studies in the CUNY system at Kingsborough Community College, completing the necessary undergraduate course work at CUNY - Lehman College in the Bronx to attain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting. Continuing his educational goals, he enrolled in the graduate program for Special Education at Lehman College while completing a paid internship working with middle and high school students on the autism spectrum. His students designed and painted a school-wide mural project, influencing his practice as an educator and artist. He continues to incorporate his student’s ideas and inspirations into the learning environment by encouraging them to create a body of work that can showcase their unique interests. Mr. Villoch lives in the Bronx with his wife, Dahlia, and two children, Evan and Violet.

Mr. Ward
Math- 8th Grade

Mr. Ward, Born in Brooklyn and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, is the 8th grade Mathematics teacher at Spring Creek Community School. When the end-of-day bell rings, Mr. Ward spends his time coaching the elite runners of the Spring Creek Royals Track & Field Club. Mr. Ward graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in Queens, NY. Immediately following graduation, he went to college at North Carolina Central University to earn a bachelors degree in History.

Upon graduation, Mr. Ward joined Teach For America, a national teaching corp that trains hard-working college graduates to become transformational teachers. After 4 years of college in North Carolina, Mr. Ward was proud to come back to Brooklyn, New York and teach the kids residing in his home town. Mr. Ward is currently finishing up his Master's degree in teaching at the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Mr. Weinstein
Physical Education 
Mr. Weinstein is a proud graduate of Cortland State University, where he earned a B.A. in Criminology while a member of the football team (Go Red Dragons!). After winning a conference championship as a senior he earned his M.S. in Physical Education at Hofstra University. Mr. Weinstein is a certified strength and conditioning instructor and likes to stay active with weight training, running and martial arts. In order to ensure a healthy recovery from all of that exercise Mr. Weinstein is a member of a competition barbecue team and competes throughout the northeast.

Ms. Williams 
ELA - 6th Grade
Ms. Williams is our 6th grade ELA teacher. Ms. Williams was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to NYC at the age of ten. She received her bachelor's in English at John Jay's College and is pursuing her masters at St. Johns University. Ms. Williams enjoys baking, traveling, family, and passionate about law. She is excited to be a new addition to the SCCS team.

Mr. Wyatt
Science - 6th Grade
Mr. Wyatt is a 17-year veteran of the DOE. He taught for 15 years at George Gershwin Junior High School located in East New York.  Mr. Wyatt attended Virginia State University and received has Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Later he received his master of science in education/special education at Touro College and his last degree a master of science in educational administration from the City College of New York. Mr. Wyatt would like to become an assistant principal and philanthropist providing college scholarships for students living in low-income communities.