Faculty and Staff

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

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.

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. 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 founding School Counselor at SCCS. His goal is for all students to be heard, to be seen, and to feel relevant. Mr. Burd believes that with a strong focus on academic, social, and emotional supports as a foundation across all classrooms, students will be empowered with the communication, adaptability, decision-making, and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in all aspects of life.

He graduated in 2005 with two Bachelor’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University — one a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and the other a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English and Communications Education — and went on to earn an MBS in School Counseling from Hunter College in 2012. Before working at SCCS, he enjoyed teaching ELA and Theatre for six years at I.S. 364 in Starrett City.

Mr. Burd is an enthusiastic traveler and has spent countless summers exploring the globe. When not traveling, he enjoys creating music, riding his motorcycle, and celebrating life with his charming wife and lovely daughter.

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.

Ms. Emily

Restorative Justice Coordinator

Ms. Janet

Social Worker

Mr. Alter

9th Grade Math / Social Studies

Special Education

Mr. Alter is our 9th Grade Math/Social Studies co-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.

Mr. Bartels

US History - 11th 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

Math - Algebra, Geometry

In 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. She is a founding member of the Spring Creek Community High School.

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 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? 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

Math - 7th Grade

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!

Ms. Bucco

ELA - Maternity Leave 2017-2018

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.

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.

Ms. L. Davis

ELA / Social Studies - 8th Grade

Special Education

Ms. Davis is new to the SCCS community this school year 2017-2018. She has always had a love for teaching children as a teenager. Her passion and desire has always been to help children see their potential and provide a safe and friendly environment for them.

Ms. Davis has her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. She then traveled through her educational journey and realized she wanted to be a certified teacher. Ms. Davis received her first Masters Degree in Middle Childhood and her second Masters Degree is in School Counseling.

Ms. Davis believes that all children can learn. However, we as educators need to tap into their social and emotional feelings in order to fully know our students holistically.

Ms. N. Davis

Math / Science - 8th Grade

Special Education

Mrs. Davis was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School she attended SUNY New Paltz and graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Media. While in New Paltz Mrs. Davis continued to participate in musical theatre and danced regularly on one of New Paltz’s dance teams. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Mrs. Davis went into the field of helping families get through tough times as a caseworker. During those years her love for education flourished and she became a Parent Coordinator for the Department of Education in a school located in Queens, NY. As a Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Davis loved helping parents and connecting families to resources that benefited the students and parents. However, her passion for educating students just continued to grow and she decided to follow the career dream she has had since childhood and make an impact In the classroom. Mrs. Davis is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education at St. John’s University and is proud to be working with the students and staff of SCCS.

Ms. Davis would like for her students to know that

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out” - Robert Collier.

Ms. Diamond

Math / Social Studies - 6th Grade

Special Education

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Diamond truly believes that education is the great equalizer of the human race. Our children have a right to a quality education, and Ms. Diamond is honored to fulfill this right at Spring Creek Community School. Prior to teaching, Ms. Diamond received her Bachelor's in Sociology from Stony Brook University, after which she began a career in non-profit work and child welfare. Ms. Diamond is currently receiving her Master's in Education at Brooklyn College. Outside of teaching, Ms. Diamond enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and making vegan meals and baked goods.

Mr. Dennis

Social Studies - 7th Grade

Ms. Falzon

ELA - 9th Grade

Mr. Fleming

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 - 10th 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. Gethers

Chemistry- 11th Grade

Ms. Gethers is excited to be joining the SCCS family and looking forward to a fun, informative year of chemistry! She is a proud Teaching Fellow and has 2 degrees from Florida International University. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Education. She prioritizes hands on learning and relating chemical science to real world situations. In her free time, Ms. Gethers enjoys baking, spin classes and spending time with her daughter.

Mr. Frasier

Social Studies - 6th Grade

Mr. Frasier is a proud graduate of the New York City Public School System. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Community and Human Service from SUNY Empire State College, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Education from St. John's University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Frasier worked within the NYC Health + Hospitals system. Mr. Frasier enjoys sports, family and music. Mr. Frasier firmly believe that every child is entitled to an enriching education and his goal is to create a stimulating learning environment that fosters confidence and encourages children to reach their full potential.

Ms. Johnson

Mathematics/Chemistry- 11th 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

ELA Department Chair

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 began her career at SCCS as the 6th grade ELA teacher for the past four years, Ms. Khan is very pleased and excited to now teach 10th grade English teacher. 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.

Mr. Koti

Math - 8th Grade

Ms. Lee

9th Grade Team Leader

9th Grade Science / ELA

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. Messam

Math - 10th Grade

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.

Ms. Mullen

Social Studies - 9th Grade

Ms. Mullen is a dynamic , passionate and driven educator. Since 2003 she has be shaping and molding young minds through her work as a Educator, Mentor, Dean and Master Teacher. Ms. Mullen has served in several teacher leadership capacities and continues to evolve in her practice as an educator. Her Interest include community service, church, mentor-ship, family, travel and music.

Ms. Mullen's educational resume includes:

2010 - Masters of Science - School Building Leader ,Touro College

2003 - Bachelors of Science - Social Studies Education, New York University

1999 - Associates of the Arts - Liberal Arts, Nassau Community College

Mr. O'Connor

ELA - 10th Grade

Adam O’Connor arrived at SCCS in 2016 as a Partner Teacher for the NYC Teaching Collaborative program. With both a B.A. and M.A. in English literature, Mr. O’Connor brought with him a passion for exploring texts from all over the world. Currently teaching 11th grade ELA and Creative Writing, he hopes to promote student curiosity for the texts we read and the world we live in.

When Mr. O’Connor is not in the classroom he enjoys skiing, playing guitar, and watching sports. Before teaching English, he spent three years working at Mammoth Mountain in California as a professional ski instructor. Mr. O’Connor is also involved in martial arts training. He began studying karate at the age of 19, and is still working towards attaining his black belt. Mr. O’Connor believes that every student brings with them a unique energy that creates a positive learning experience in the classroom.

Ms. Ozinegbe

Science - 8th Grade

Ms. Ozinegbe is new to the SCCS community this year. She is a first generation Nigerian-American whose passion for science was ignited by a inspirational Biology/Chemistry teacher during her own high school career. She attended Pharmacy School at Rutgers University where she continued to run track and field, an unwavering passion of hers. She later relocated to Brooklyn where she pursued her bachelors in Biology at St. Francis College.

However, during her stay at Rutgers where she engaged in various high school outreaches as a Member of the NAACP, her passion for teaching and sowing into her community subtly began to yearn. A proud graduate of the Fellows program, she has since found priceless fulfillment in igniting a passion for science in her students with the hopes of encouraging them to pursue fields in the areas of STEM.

She believes her responsibility is to create a safe space for students to take risks so that they can learn to their fullest potential

Mr. Perez

Math / Science - 10th Grade

Special Education

Mr. Perez is excited to bring his previous experience from the fields of Architecture and children’s books illustration to the SCCS community. Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Perez received his Bachelor of Architecture from CUNY's City College of New York. After 10 years of working as an Architect, he decided to share his passion for art and education with others and is currently completing his Masters in Education at St. John’s University. On his free time, he enjoys getting out the house and going camping almost as much as he does spending time with his dogs on the couch watching bad reality TV. Mr. Perez is excited to continue his journey with the SCCS faculty, staff, students, and overall community.

Ms. Plock

ELA / Social Studies - 6th Grade

Special Education

Ms. Plock received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Hunter College. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education from St. John's University. Ms. Plock brings creativity and joy to all of her students. As a working professional actress with many years of experience in film, television, and theater, she is excited to share this new stage with her students in the classroom. Working in NYC public schools previously with several community-based organizations as a drama teacher, she experienced fostering social and emotional skills in students of all ages. As a bilingual native New Yorker, she wishes to make a positive difference in her community. Ms. Plock is proud and honored to be a new member in the Spring Creek Community School. She is excited to be part of the SCCS after school drama program. Her goal is to partner with her students to develop their writing and analytical skills to prepare them for college, career, and life!

Ms. Rousseau

11th Grade Team Leader

Special Education Department Leader

11th Grade Social Studies

Ms. Rousseau is a proud founding SCCS staff member! 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 traveler 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 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. Solomon

ELA / Theater - 10th, 11th Grades

Special Education

Ms. Solomon is a Queens native who has been teaching in NYC for twelve years. She has a B.A. in Theatre from the prestigious, historically black Spelman College, a M.S. in Education from Mercy College and a M.S. in Educational Theatre from City College. She has taught high school students in both the Bronx and East New York, Brooklyn. She also held a position as an Adjunct Professor at City College for four years.

Ms. Solomon is passionate about the arts and literature. She wants to hone her Spring Creek students’ creativity and acquaint them with plays through a different lens, by exploring the wide world of theatre backstage and beyond acting. In her spare time, Ms. Solomon enjoys spending time with her son, camping, and watching HGTV. Ms. Solomon believes “You are the architect of your universe” and that everyone has the ability to manifest success in their lives.

Ms. Vazquez

French - 10th/11th Grades

Ms. Valmon-Alleyne

ELA, Science and Social Studies - 7th Grade

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

7th Grade Team Leader

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.

Ms. Vilbrun

Math / Science - 7th Grade

Special Education

Ms. Vilbrun received her bachelors degree in Sports Management from Farmingdale State College. She is now receiving her M.S.Ed from Pace University. She is part of the New York City Teaching Fellows and is proud to be a teacher at SCCS. She also loves sports and hopes she can bring some of that passion to SCCS.

Ms. Vilbrun was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and wanted to make a big impact in her community. Great teachers in her past have pushed her to becoming an educator. Ms. Vilbrun believes that all students can learn and succeed, they just need someone willing to teach them.

Mr. Villoch


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- 9th Grade

Mr. Ward, Born in Brooklyn and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, is the 9th 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

6th Grade Team Leader

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.

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.