Faculty & Staff

DREAM Charter School staff promotes physical, social, emotional and moral growth in a nurturing environment with high expectations, inspiring every student to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.


DREAM is always looking for talented teachers to join our team.

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Kara Brockett

Elizabeth Solaimanian

Elementary School Principal Middle School Dean

MaRjorie Gardner


Middle School Principal Head of School

Brett Fazio

Renee Canales

Dean of Students Elementary Academic Dean (K-2)

Jamie Platzer

Katie Schmidt

Elementary Academic Dean (2-4) Data and Assessment Manager

Christine Wicks

Emily Parkey

Director of Pre-K Director of Family, Community and Government Affairs
Jared Roebuck Denise Barilar
High School Principal Director of Math Instruction and Curriculum



Randy Brown

Andromahi Kontos

Executive Assistant Operations Assistant

Sharae McDuffie

Operations Coordinator Data and Assessment Associate
Sophia Andreassi CAROLYN MAGRI
Special Projects Assistant Data and Assessment Associate



Eric Abrecht

Jacqueline Begnoche

6th and 7th Grade Math Learning Specialist Middle School Student Support Coordinator


Tasia Burroughs

Elementary Science Teacher 8th Grade Math & ELA Learning Specialist


Kristen Frick

Art Teacher Music Teacher


Cherelle Hale

Health and Wellness Specialist Music Teacher and Chorus Director


amy proulx

Middle School Art Teacher ELL Coordinator


Lisa Killary

Health and Wellness Specialist 7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher


Eleanor Gibson

7th Grade ELA Learning Specialist 6th Grade Humanities Learning Specialist




Jenna Berman

 Family Coordinator Social Worker


Marilyne Cartagena

Mental Health Counselor Family Coordinator

Angel Lopez

Hannah Gray Miller

Assistant Dean of Students Senior Manager of High School Placement

Janice Northia

Rebecca Myers

Family Coordinator Intervention Specialist

Brittany Zucker

Katrina Ruiz

Speech Teacher Intervention Specialist

Susan Purviance

  Special Education Coordinator



Deveren Fogle

Caroline Clarke

2nd Grade Teacher 1st Grade Teacher

Elena Strauss

Endeara Campbell

2nd Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Alexandra Brown

Alison Browne

3rd Grade Teacher Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Sarai Canario

Laura Chiriboga

6th Grade Math Teacher 3-5th Grade Literacy Coach

Jenn Denninger

Lauren Ettinger

Pre-K Teacher 3rd Grade Teacher

Melanie Feinberg

Stephanie Fox

5th Grade Teacher 5th Grade Teacher

Brittney Gerald

Carolyn Byrne

5th Grade Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Yanela Hernandez

Annie VanWagenen

Kindergarten Teacher 5th Grade Teacher

Charles Holiday

Jane Hutcheson

Pre-K Teaching Assistant 1st Grade Teacher

Jackie Schechter

Carmen Isaac

7th Grade English Teacher 6th Grade English Teacher

Brittany Scott

Jeremy Kaller

8th Grade English Teacher 7th and 8th GradeSocial Studies Teacher

Cabrina Kang

Alyssa Krimsky

4th Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Michelle Lefrancois

Rebecca Mandel

8th Grade Math Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Chamari Davis

Cara Burns

3rd Grade Teacher Kindergarten Teacher

Caitlin Murphy

Alison Browne

2nd Grade Teacher 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Bari Pelton

Melissa Perez

1st Grade Teacher 2nd Grade Teacher

Kara Freed

Lodoe Sangmo

3rd Grade Teacher 4th Grade Teacher

Pamela Rosedale

Sheree Williams

4th Grade Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Kathleen Rodriguez Sydney Reid
Pre-K Teaching Assistant 1st Grade Teacher

Eve Colavito, Head of School at DREAM Charter School since 2010, graduated from Brown University and began her teaching career in Mmabatho, South Africa. After two years, she returned to New York City and began teaching at River East Elementary School in East Harlem, where she taught third and fourth graders in a full inclusion class. At River East, Eve further developed her belief in the importance of inclusive education and immersed herself in the practice of engaging constructivist teaching. During this time, she received her Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Following her tenure at River East, Eve became a founding teacher and director at Bronx Charter School for the Arts. Eve held a variety of roles there and eventually became the Co-Executive Director, alongside the founder of Bronx Arts. These roles allowed Eve to think strategically about the future of the school, and shape the school's curriculum, instruction and overall approach. All of these experiences have led to Eve's conviction about the possibilities for all students to succeed and their ability to achieve nothing less than excellence. Recently, Eve successfully completed the year-long Aspiring Principals Program through New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country, and was highlighted as a feature success story.



Kara Brockett,  Elementary School Principal, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska loving to read and write. After graduating college in Minnesota, Kara spent time working in Ohio as a home health care aid. This experience sparked a strong desire to become a Special Education Teacher. Kara joined Teach for America and moved to New York City to begin her career as a special education teacher for middle school students. During this time, she earned a Master degree from Hunter College in Elementary School Education and Special Education. She is currently working towards her degree in School Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Kara enjoys learning new things, reading, running and spending time with her family. Kara is thrilled to be a part of the team at DREAM Charter School.



Marjorie Gardner, Middle School Principal, graduated from Boston University’s School of Education and moved to Philadelphia where she teamed up with a juvenile justice-centered law firm. There, she worked with local legislators on a bill that would afford students in foster care tuition waivers for state colleges and universities. Marjorie then moved to New York City to join Teach for America. She earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from Pace University while working in the Bronx as a Special Education Teacher and, later, a Founding Special Education Director. Following her time in the Bronx, she moved to Brooklyn where she worked as an Academic Dean and a Principal in Residence. Marjorie is honored and excited to be part of the DREAM family! 



Emily Parkey, Director of Family, Community, and Government Affairs, is in her sixth year at DREAM Charter School. Emily graduated from the University of Denver with a Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis on community social work with Spanish-speaking populations. She has a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Emily has over 13 years of experience working to build strength-based partnerships with families and communities. She has spent a great deal of time traveling, working, and exploring Central and South America. Emily is fluent in Spanish.





Christine Wicks, Pre-K Director, graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.  Christine moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation and taught at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School as both a special educator and a special education case manager.  During her years at AppleTree Christine was able to expand her knowledge of early childhood education and the development of all children ages 3 and 4.  Christine then spent three years with Uncommon Schools as an early elementary educator which allowed her to understand fully what our Pre-K scholars need in order to be successful in Kindergarten and beyond.  Christine is thrilled to be the founding Pre-K Director at DREAM and to help our Little DREAMers in their first steps to college and beyond!




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