Our Team

BACKGROUND

THE SCHOOL DESIGN FELLOWSHIP

 

As part of the broader Young Men’s Initiative – aimed at addressing the opportunity gap for some of our most vulnerable young people – the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) set out to tackle a seemingly intractable challenge:

 

Approximately 1 in 10 Black and Latino students graduate from high school ready to meet the demands of college and the 21st century labor force. As part of ESI, the DOE set out to redesign and launch a set of new, innovative high schools with the goal of adequately preparing all students for college and careers – to move from 1 in 10 to 10 in 10. The ESI School Design Fellowship is a cross-functional team of professionals with experience from a range of fields. The team was intentionally constructed with the belief that the challenge of increasing college and career readiness for Black and Latino youth required a wide range of strategies and solutions from a diverse array of fields and disciplines. Some of the Fellows have worked directly in New York City as teachers and assistant principals in school models as diverse as transfer schools and International schools. Others have led turnaround efforts in other districts, developed institutional partnerships with industry, and spearheaded teacher training initiatives on uses of technology in the classroom. All Fellows are deeply committed to educating young people – including students with disabilities and English Language Learners – and are motivated by the idea that the Fellowship is the starting point for both high school redesign and broader systemic reform.For the past six months, the ESI Fellows have been involved in a design process that borrows heavily from design thinking and lean start-up methodologies with the goals of 1) establishing a culture of innovation that leads to the long-term success of the schools and 2) sharpening the focus on the needs of students and communities where the schools are located. This “user-centered” approach is embodied most fervently in the on-going participation of approximately 20 students from the existing ESI schools as part of the Student Fellowship. ESI Fellows meet with students each week to challenge all assumptions about the current design of school and remain rooted in the perspective of experience. This continual questioning and collaboration with young people seeks to understand student motivation, honor their voice, and anticipate the challenges of implementing a redesigned high school model as it relates to instruction and student support.

Ultimately, these schools will graduate young people with the range of skills – both academic and inter-personal – required by college and the new economy. Our highly personalized environment where each student is recognized a unique learner will support students on a path of their own choosing. Our commitment to honoring the cultural heritage of both our students and surrounding community ensures that these schools will be places where students and their families have authentic voice in shaping the priorities of the community. Our model will demonstrate what is possible in reaching the elusive 10 in 10.

THE EXPANDED SUCCESS INITIATIVE

Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City launched the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) in 2011 to find new ways to improve opportunities and outcomes for Black and Latino young men. YMI is a comprehensive approach that involves the city’s education, health, employment training, and justice sectors. A key education component of YMI is the  Expanded Success Initiative (ESI),  an ongoing collaboration between the NYCDOE and the Open Society Foundation, which is focused on increasing the preparedness of Black and Latino high school graduates for college and careers. ESI is a research and development program designed to invest deeply in a targeted group of schools to test and refine best practices and then disseminate them system-wide. To date ESI has scaled up college advisement training across city high schools to increase post-secondary access and supported innovations in 40 existing district schools to strengthen and improve their academic, youth development and school culture practices. The final step in ESI’s strategic plan is identifying the programs and practices that dramatically increase college and career readiness, and integrating them into a comprehensive school model that closes the opportunity gap and redefines college and career readiness. That model will be put into practice on two campuses that will be known collectively as EPIC Schools, as well as at the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice. The partnership with ESI will provide these schools with access to a wealth of resources, including a School Design Fellowship during the planning year and, once the schools are operational, professional development, data systems, expertise and curriculum resources.

OUR STAFF

BOMANI, TABARI | PRINCIPAL
Tbomani@schools.nyc.gov
tboman@mandelaschoolnyc.org

UNDERWOOD, FREDERICK | ASSI PRINCIPAL
funderwood@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3570 / room 357

VICTOR, TERENCE | ASSI PRINCIPAL
tvictor2@schools.nyc.gov
ext. 3961 / room 396A

PORTIA, HAYNES | PAYROLL SECRETARY
phaynes@schools.nyc.gov
ext. 3351 / room 335

MARTIN, ANDREW | GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
amartin@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3561 / room 356

DESIR , KIMLEY | GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
kdesir@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3500 / room 350

AMORY-CLAXTON , SHANI | PARENT COORDINATOR
sclaxton@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3333 / room 333

ADDISON , LESLEY | ART
raddison@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3890 / room 389

BRASWELL , NAQUAN | GLOBAL
nbraswell@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3470 / room 347

CASTRO , AOMI | SPECIAL EDUCATION
acastro@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3960/ room 396B

CHAPMAN , CLYDE | P. EDUCATION – GIRLS
cchapman@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 1790 / room gym

DENG , YONG | CHEMISTRY TEACHER
ydeng@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3410/ room 341

DENIS , ROYCE | ENGLISH
rdenis@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3430/ room 343

GIACALONE , JENNIFER | MATH
jgiacolone@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 344C/ room 3443

HACKETT, PHILIP | P. EDUCATION
phackett@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3440 / room 344

HOMER, QUINCY | MATH
qholmer@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3443 / room 344C

KESHK, SHARIF | SPECIAL EDUCATION
skeshk@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3961 / room 396B

LAFONTANT, EDELYNE | SCIENCE
elafontant@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3940 / room 349

LECHTRECK, GARY | SOCIAL STUDIES
glechtreck@schools.nyc.gov
ext. 3400 / room 340B

LOPEZ, JULIA | SPECIAL EDUCATION
jlopez@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3441 / room 344C

MELENDEZ, FELIX | FOREIGN LANGUAGE
fmelendez@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3441 / room 344A

MILIAN, TOMASO | SCIENCE
tmilian@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3510 / room 349

MORRIS, LESTER | MATH
lmorris@schools.nyc.gov
ext. 3950 / room 395

PAGE, TARA | ELA
tpage@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3390 / room 339

PREACELY, MARJORIE | SOCIAL STUDIES
mpreacely@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. – / room –

ROBINSON, OTIS
orobinson@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3450 / room 345K

ROSE, MARK  | ELA
mrose@schools.nyc.gov
ext. 3490 / room 349

SMITH, MARSHAY | MATH
msmith@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3370 / room 337

TROUILLOT-O’NEEL, MICHELLE | COUNSELOR
mtrouilkot-o’neel@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. 3351  / room 335

GREENE, BERNARD | COMMUNITY ASSOCIATE
bgreene@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext.  – / room HALL

TOLLMAN, TYKESHA | COMMUNITY ASSOCIATE
ttollman@schools.nyc.gov
ext. – / room HALL

JOHNSON, CHARLES | SCHOOL AIDE
cjohnson@mandelaschoolnyc.org
ext. – / room MAIN FLOOR