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Our Team

Leadership Team

  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder

    Colin Greene is Atmosphere’s Chief Executive Officer and Founder. He created Atmosphere Academy Public Charter Schools in 2014. Previously, he served as a Lead Technology Consultant in the Byram Hills School District as well as the Head of Academic Program at Link Community School in Newark. In the latter role, he oversaw curriculum design, instructional leadership, data systems, professional development, teacher evaluation, and all other academic operations of the school. Prior to joining Link, Mr. Greene was Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity where he developed original programming and curriculum, hired qualified instructors, and managed successful implementation and quality control. He spent the early part of his career as an English Teacher in various public and private high schools in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Greene holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Fordham University, a Master of Arts in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. He is New York State certified as a school district leader, a school building leader, and an English teacher.

  • Chief Learning Officer

    Elizabeth Kelly is Atmosphere’s Chief Learning Officer. Mrs. Kelly holds a Master of Science in Adolescent Special Education and Literacy from Iona College and a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent Education and Social Studies. She is New York State certified as a special education teacher, a social studies teacher, a literacy teacher, and an adolescent education teacher. Previously, Mrs. Kelly taught at Iona College, Mamaroneck High School, Iona Preparatory School, and The School of Immaculate Conception.

  • Chief Culture Officer

    Christian Roman is Atmosphere’s Chief Culture Officer. Previously, he has served as the Head Dean at Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School and Dean of Students at Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx. In these roles, Mr. Roman worked to provide young people with the discipline, guidance, cultural enrichment, and social-emotional development they needed to realize their full potential. Mr. Roman has also served as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coordinator at Unitas Therapeutic Community, where he honed his counseling and management skills. Mr. Roman hired, trained, and maintained a staff of approximately 40 teen counselors and employees. He also facilitated seminars on 6-step conflict resolution that enforced the principle of peaceful problem solving. Mr. Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. Growing up in the South Bronx, Mr. Roman developed an undeniable passion for and pride in the people of his neighborhood. Mr. Roman has translated this passion into daily service and dedicated his studies and career to elevating, inspiring, counseling, and advocating for the community in which he still lives and works. Mr. Roman also serves his community through spiritual guidance by dedicating his free time to working as a religious instructor and assistant director of a youth group at St. Athanasius Parish. Each day, Mr. Roman works closer and closer to his goal of uniting and uplifting the people of the South Bronx.

  • Chief Academic Officer

    Katherine Brennan is Atmosphere's Chief Academic Officer. She has over 17 years of experience as a principal, central office administrator, K-12 supervisor, content specialist, mentor and classroom teacher. In addition to certifications as a supervisor, principal, and chief school administrator, Mrs. Brennan holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and is pursuing a PhD in education policy and administration.

  • Chief Operating Officer

    Gabriel Rosenblum is Atmosphere's Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he served as a Business Operations Manager at Success Academy Charter Schools, where he managed multiple schools and streamlined their operational processes, oversaw logistical systems for families and students, and maintained safety and security in the school buildings. Mr. Rosenblum is well versed in the field of Operations and brings his expertise to Atmosphere. He holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Brandeis University.

  • Chief Program Officer

    Benjamin Pah is Atmosphere's Chief Program Officer. Previously, he has worked as a Vice Principal at Coney Island Prep and English teacher at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. As a Vice Principal, he coached teachers, guided students, and partnered with families. As a teacher, he taught literacy, raised test scores, and facilitated career training. Benjamin holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from NYU. He is New York State Certified as a School Building leader and English teacher. Overall, Ben's vision is to guide students to work as hard as possible to achieve the careers of their dreams to uplift their families and communities.

  • Social Science Instructional Leader

    Ericka Shammgod is Atmosphere’s Social Science Instructional Leader. Mrs. Shammgod holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from CUNY, a Master of Science in Teaching Literacy from Touro College, and a Master of Science in School Leadership from Touro College. She is New York State certified as an elementary education teacher and as a school building leader. Previously, Ms. Shammgod taught at Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy and in the NYCDOE.

  • English Instructional Leader

    Andrew Raia is Atmosphere's English Instructional Leader. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Curriclum and Instruction from Boston College and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Mr. Raia has over fourteen years of experience in the field of education. Previously, he was Community Service Coordinator and Ninth Grade Team Leader at Great Futures Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has also served as a Language Arts Coordinator and a Principal.

  • Achievement Director

    Lena Litvak is Atmosphere's Achievement Director. Previously, Ms. Litvak has served as Atmosphere's Math Achievement Leader Teacher, Achievement Coordinator, and Achievement Teacher. Earlier in her career, she worked as an Assistant Teacher at a school for students with learning disabilities as well as a 7th Grade Math Assistant Teacher at a charter school in Harlem. Additionally, she competed on the women's tennis professional tour for more than four years. Through her work as an Achievement Leader, Ms. Litvak helps scholars develop data-driven goals and tools to be able to better display their content knowledge on standardized tests. She also develops achievement curriculum and systems with the CEO and others to help ameliorate student deficits schoolwide and build lifelong skills that will allow all Atmosphere scholars to succeed. Ms. Litvak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Harvard University and received her certification as Teacher of Middle School Mathematics from Harvard University in 2015.

  • HPEA Manager

    Ricky Delva is Atmosphere's Health, Physical Education, and Athletics (HPEA) Manager. Previously, Mr. Delva served as Atmosphere's 8th grade PE and Health Teacher, as well as a PE Teacher at East Ramapo School District In Spring Valley, NY. There, he worked with students with disabilities in a special needs program for grades K-3, as well as general education students in grades K-6. Mr. Delva holds a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Physical Education and Health Education From William Paterson University. He is a NJ K-12 certified Physical Education & Health Teacher.

  • Student Learning Manager

    Rosanna Pimentel is Atmosphere’s Student Learning Manager. She manages and oversees Teaching Assistants across all grade levels. Ms. Pimentel previously served as Atmosphere's 6th grade Teaching Assistant where she supported various content area classes per day via a co-teaching model. Ms. Pimentel holds Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from CUNY and a Master of Science in Special Education. Previously, Ms. Pimentel has served as a Head Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Substitute Teacher at various schools in the Bronx.

  • Social Studies Instructional Leader

    Collin L. Thompson is Atmosphere's Social Studies Instructional Leader. Mr. Thompson was born and raised in East Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Mr. Thompson moved to Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded an empowerment project to support women living with HIV/AIDS in the greater-Arusha, Tanzania community. In 2016, Mr. Thompson returned to the United States and began his career in education at a public middle school in East San Jose, California. Later, Mr. Thompson joined the Founding Team of Emblaze Academy as the Founding History Department Chairman and Founding History Teacher. Eventually, Mr. Thompson established the role of Founding Dean of Community Engagement, Government Relations, and College Preparatory Instruction at Emblaze Academy, creating Emblaze Academy's first honors course while in that role. In addition to his work in the education and non-profit sectors, Mr. Thompson has also served as the Campaign Manager for multiple, successful state legislative races in his home state of Tennessee. Mr. Thompson earned a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Digital Learning and Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time, Mr. Thompson enjoys exploring the city with his Labrador, Springsteen, attending concerts and Yankee games, and international travel. Mr. Thompson is still heavily involved in the work he started in Tanzania and travels to East Africa as frequently as possible. Mr. Thompson hopes that his unique background in politics, nonprofits, and education will be an asset to Atmosphere Academy's amazing team.

  • Achievement Manager

  • Achievement Manager

Operations Team

  • Operations Associate

    Morgan Vickers is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Operations Assistant. Ms. Vickers was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Vickers attended Western Kentucky University and has three years of experinces in charter school operations. Ms. Vickers intends to bring her organizational skills, leadership, and youth advocacy to Atmosphere Academy.

  • Operations Associate

    Chanell Paschall is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Operations Associate. Ms. Paschall has over 13 years of experience in education. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Boricua College and is excited to bring her diverse knowledge to Atmosphere Academy

  • Operations Manager

    Brandon Parker is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Operations Manager. He earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Bridgeport, and is happy to bring his diverse charter school experience to Atmosphere Academy.

  • Data & Technology Associate

    Dulce Rico is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Operations Assistant. Ms. Rico is well versed in various aspects of the Charter School community, and she is very excited and happy to bring her nearly 10 years of experience to Atmosphere Academy.

  • Operations Manager

    Catherine Toussaint is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Operations Manager. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Mercy College with a concentration in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Ms. Toussaint is well versed in various aspects of the Charter School community, and she is very excited and happy to bring her seven years of experience to Atmosphere Academy.

  • Operations Manager

    Natalia Tavarez is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Operations Manager. In this capacity, she supports the Chief Operating Officer in managing key operations-related tasks and programs.

  • Operations Assistant

    Wilmer Leon is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Operations Assistant. Previously, he was a security guard, custodial associate and School Aide for Atmosphere. Mr. Leon has extensive background and training in the U.S. Military.

  • 8th Grade School Nurse

School Culture Team

  • Culture Assistant

    Carmen María is Atmosphere’s 6th Grade Culture Assistant. Ms. María has obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education from City College of New York. She has over ten years of experience working with children, from infants to adolescents. In the past, Ms. María has worked as a Family Worker to support families in her community. She strongly believes that with hard work, ambition, dedication, and a great support system, one can accomplish anything in life. She is determined to be the voice of scholars when it comes to managing academic and personal issues. Assuring scholars are succeeding in all aspects of life is an oath she took upon herself.

  • Program Assistant

    Clarence E. McCall is Atmosphere's Program Assistant. His responsibilities include organizing and attending awards trips and STARS and WARRIORS gear giveaways. Mr. McCall is proud to have served Atmosphere Academy in a number of roles, including as a School Aide, which at times involved watching the front desk, covering classes when teachers were absent, helping with dismissal and teaching a film elective. In his role as Program Assistant, Mr. McCall has provided b-role for Atmosphere videos and edited a graduation video for the 2020 graduation class. Mr. McCall has participated in video shoots and did the voice over for Atmosphere Micro videos. Mr. McCall has also edited the yearbook for the 2020 class. After growing up on the streets of Harlem, Mr. McCall enrolled at Bard College, where he studied Cinema and Political Science.

  • School Counselor

    Darryl Jenkins is Atmosphere's School Counselor. Previously, he worked with The Family Welcome Center at the NYC Department of Education. As an Enrollment Counselor, he assisted families in enrollment processes for grades K-12. He also served as an Academic Advisor for the Young Adult Borough Center at Herbert Lehman High School, where he counseled over-aged and under-credited students. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of School Counseling from Mercy College. He has a strong commitment to working with a diverse population of students.

  • Culture Associate

    Kimberly Liriano is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Culture Associate. Ms. Liriano holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Monroe College. She previously has worked with adolescents in the capacity of providing social-emotional outlets through evidence-based practices. Ms. Liriano's ultimate goal is to continue strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations and provide an environment where students are able to be successful in all aspects of their Academic and Social career.

  • Social Worker

    Maider Solores is Atmosphere's 6th Grade School Social Worker. Ms. Solores obtained her Master's Degree in Social Work from Deusto University. She has eight years of experience working with children and adolescents in the school education system. Working with scholars and their families on a daily basis to help them reach their full potential is her main priority. Ms. Solores uses different approaches with scholars based on their needs to offer the best services, and support them academically, social-emotionally, and behaviorally. Ms. Solores is thrilled to be part of the Atmosphere team and work within the community.

  • Culture Associate

    Lenne Reyes is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Culture Associate. Ms. Reyes graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and English. Ms. Reyes is the Head Coach of the girl’s volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She is also an Apprentice Dean, and her goal is to make sure our scholars are focused on their academics by supporting them socially, emotionally and academically.

  • School Counselor

    Michael Roach is Atmosphere's 7th Grade School Counselor. Mr. Roach earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Manhattan College, which is located in the surrounding neighborhood of Riverdale/Kingsbridge. Previously employed by the NYC Department of Education, Mr. Roach has gained experience and specialization while working with Special Education and ELL students around the Bronx. Invested in his craft, Mr. Roach believes that advocacy and support are essential to student growth, development and success.

  • Culture Associate

    Reginald Jay is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Culture Associate. Previously, Mr. Jay served as the 8th Grade Dean of Discipline/Culture at Equality Charter School in the Bronx. Mr. Jay is a dedicated and motivated educator. His goal is to help all children, especially those from the Bronx community, recognize their full potential while supporting them in achieving their academic and behavioral goals.

Instructional Team

  • School Aide

    Alexis Nunez is Atmosphere's 6th Grade School Aide. Mr. Nunez graduated from Misericordia University, where he obtained a Master of Science. He has five years of experience working in the education system. In addition, Mr. Nunez works with a non-profit organization that provides unique opportunities through sports for kids of the Westchester community.

  • Physical Education/Health Teacher

    Ariel Sanchez is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Physical Education/Health Teacher. Mr. Sanchez is currently enrolled at York College, working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.

  • Science Teacher

    Ayesha Hoda is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Science Teacher. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University and her Master of Science in Education from Lehman College through the NYC Teach for America program. Before joining Atmopshere's team, Ms. Hoda taught at MS 128 (Mott Hall III Middle School) in the Bronx, which she left to found Justice by the Pen, a youth civic engagement program that has run various social justice youth workshops at schools, community centers and non-profits over the past eight years. Ms. Hoda transitioned to adult education as GED teacher/program coordinator for formerly incarcerated youth at the Fortune Society and subsequently High School Equivalency teacher at the Lehman College Adult Learning Center. Ms. Hoda is a mother of two and worked as a Fellow Effectiveness Manager evaluating teachers for the New Teacher Project while raising her little ones. She became interested in nature and environmental education while leading Tinkergarten classes (play-based outdoor education) in the neighborhood and is excited to bring science to life in the community in which she lives.

  • Math Teacher

    Barbara Schmidt is Atmosphere’s Math Lab Honors Teacher. Ms. Schmidt holds a Master of Science in Math Education from The City College of New York as well as a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from Iona College. Previously, Ms. Schmidt served as a Math Teacher at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, New York. After a 20+ year career in financial services with JP Morgan Chase, Ms. Schmidt made the transition to math education. She enjoys incorporating real-life experiences into her classes and hopefully creating a positive impact on children’s futures.

  • School Aide

    Caprice Mejia is Atmosphere's 6th Grade School Aide. She previously worked as a teacher's assistant at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School. Ms. Mejia is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Music and will continue her education by pursuing her Master's Degree in Music Education. Her dream is to open her own children's program based on the Fine Arts.

  • Physical Education/Health Teacher

    Charles Kosek is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Physical Education and Health Teacher. Mr. Kosek earned his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from CUNY Brooklyn College and his Master of Education in General and Special Education for Grades 1-6 from Touro College. Mr. Kosek holds three teaching certifications in physical education, special education, and general education, and has six years of experience teaching physical education.

  • Chris DiGiacomo-Singh is Atmosphere's 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. Mr. Singh earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Queens College. While studying as an undergraduate, he was a staff writer for the school newspaper. Currently, he is in the process of finishing up his master's thesis at Queens College. He has taught in both public and private schools and now looks forward to working with the young scholars at Atmosphere Academy. His passions include photography, travel, food, grammar, and science fiction.

  • Intervention Teacher

    Danielle Meyers is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Intervention Teacher. Mrs. Meyers has 23 years of K-8 teaching experience in Special and General Education, with a concentration in literacy and instructional skills to help facilitate student learning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and three Master's Degrees in Special and General Education, as well as in Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Ph.Ed in Organizational Leadership in Special Education.

  • Teaching Assistant

    Desirea Ribot is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Teaching Assistant. Ms. Ribot has worked in the education system for 12 years in various roles. She looks forward to fostering growth and development in our students.

  • Math Teacher

    Elcilia Taveras is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Math Teacher. Elcilia’s teaching career began in 2008, when she started teaching 4th grade for three years. She then transitioned to middle school, fell in love with the age group and has not changed ever since. She is a New York State certified teacher. Elcilia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Math Education from SUNY New Paltz. She also earned a Master of Science in Secondary Math Education from CUNY Lehman College. When Elcilia is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her three nieces who live in Upstate New York.

  • School Aide

    Florence Otho is Atmosphere's 6th Grade School Aide. She supports teachers and the administration in various duties throughout all grade levels. Previously, she worked at CUNY's Bronx Educational Opportunity Center as an ATTAIN Lab Manager, teaching and proctoring Microsoft Certification programs as well as teaching job readiness skills. She also served as Dean of Students at several New York City Department of Education high schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts/Communications from the College of New Rochelle. Ms. Otho is committed to serving New York City and the Bronx community.

  • Math Teacher

    Harry Mandel is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Math Teacher. Mr. Mandel earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with minors in Economics and Psychology. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Pace University in Marketing with a concentration in market research survey analysis. He had a long career that combined Information Technology and Market Research for a company that helped animal welfare and education charities build their outreach and donation base before changing careers into teaching math. Mr. Mandel has worked at many public schools in Fairfield County, CT; most recently Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk, and now looks forward to helping Atmosphere Academy's scholars learn and grow. His hobbies include puzzles, travel, hiking, bowling, geography, meteorology, geocaching and watching the Yankees win!

  • Social Studies Teacher

    Henry Gonzalez is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and History. He received a Masters in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Gonzalez has more than 10 years experience in the charter world and has sent his two children to charter schools in Queens. Previously Mr. Gonzalez coached Social Studies teachers at New Visions School for the Humanities at the JFK campus and taught at Bronx Lighthouse Charter School.

  • School Aide

    Ivory Rivera is Atmosphere's 7th Grade School Aide. She is currently enrolled at Berkeley College and is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Achievement Teacher

    Jayeanne Pacor is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Achievement Teacher. Mrs. Pacor earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master degrees in Education from Saint John's University. Mrs. Pacor has been a New York State Cetified Teacher for 20 years in both private and independent schools. Mrs. Pacor has taught several grade levels during her career, but truly enjoys teaching 6th grade. She is looking forward to working with the Atmosphere school community.

  • Social Studies Teacher

    Jeremiah Logan is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Global Studies Teacher. Mr. Logan earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Communication from Fairfield University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at American University. Mr. Logan worked at Children Village and Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School.

  • Achievement Assistant Teacher

    Jeremy Agyemang is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Achievement Assistant Teacher. He is currently a student at Fordham University and is working toward his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. He has worked with young people for almost 10 years and got his start as a Maker/STEM Teaching Artist. Mr. Agyemang is looking forward to making sure that all of the scholars that he interacts with achieve all of their goals.

  • Science Teacher

    Jose Rodriguez is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Earth Science Teacher. Mr. Rodriguez has worked on degrees in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Natural Resource Management and Conservation, and Human Services at Rutgers University and Touro College. Mr. Rodriguez has worked as a Wildlife Educator, Small Animal Care Specialist, Entomology Lab Assistant, and Facilitator of After School Programming for the Youth Services System in New Jersey.

  • Physical Education/Health Teacher

    Kasheef Scott is Atmosphere's 7th Grade School Aide. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications & Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. He has five years of experience working with children from middle school through high school. Mr. Scott's main goal is to help educate and lead scholars to a bright future through knowledge. His last experience working with academic scholars was at Fordham University where he tutored 7th-12th graders in subjects such as science, math, and writing. Mr. Scott is grateful to be part of the Atmosphere team and will do his best in continuing to support the school's success.

  • English Teacher

    Katherine Kachnowski is Atmosphere's 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. Ms. Kachnowski earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State, where she majored in Language Arts Education and English. A New York state certified teacher, she is currently pursing a Master of Arts in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, Ms. Kachnowski worked at Bronx River High School through the non-profit Blue Engine.

  • Special Education Teacher

    Katie Weinstein is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Special Education Teacher. She supports students with IEPs in various classroom settings. Ms. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Marist College. She is New York State certified as a teacher and a special education teacher. Previously, she student taught in Marlboro, New York and Hyde Park, New York.

  • School Aide

    Keisha Edwards is Atmosphere's 7th Grade School Aide. Ms. Edwards has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She recently worked as a teacher's assistant at BeAbove Early Learning Center in the Bronx. Ms. Edwards Is excited to be on the Atmosphere Team and can't wait to see what the future holds!

  • Physical Education/Health Teacher

    Kevin Salazar is Atmosphere's 6th Grade and 7th Grade Physical Education and Health Teacher. Mr. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Manhattan College. He is also attending Manhattanville College to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Sports Management.

  • Special Education Teacher

    Kimberly Oliveira is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Special Education Teacher. She has her Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education. While working toward her Bachelor's degree, she worked as a Teacher's Assistant in an ABA setting. Ms. Oliveira is currently working toward her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is so excited to be joining Atmosphere's team and is looking forward to working with her students. She believes every student learns differently and enjoys differentiating material to fit her students' needs.

  • Intervention Teacher

    Lance Albritton is Atmopshere's 8th Grade Math Teacher. He is thrilled to be part of the Atmosphere Academy Public Charter School community. Before joining Atmosphere, Mr. Albritton taught for Palm Beach County Schools (FL) for three years as an 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher. Before going into teaching, Mr. Albritton served as a Behavior Specialist for many years where he worked with emotionally and behaviorly challenged students. Mr. Albritton currently holds a Bachelor of Science from Greensboro College (NC). He also serves as the Assistant Girls Basketball Coach here at Atmosphere. Mr. Albritton has a true passion for working with the youth. He strives to create a community of young learners that will nurture their growth in a positive way. Mr. Albritton enjoys spending time with family & friends, traveling, cooking and attending different sporting events.

  • School Aide

  • Math Teacher

    Lawrence Wong is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Math Teacher. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Wong earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Berkeley and an Master of Arts in Education Policy from Teachers College. Following several years in the finance field, Mr. Wong fell in love with teaching middle school, likely due to his complementary sense of humor. He believes in two things: (1) that a love for the learning is the key to education, and (2) that you can never have too many socks.

  • Achievement Teacher

    Lona Nguyen is a new addition to Atmosphere Academy as an English Achievement Teacher. She has recently moved from Orlando, Florida to live in New York City to pursue her master's degree in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Columbia University. Lona received her Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature from the University of Central Florida and taught high school English for four years in Orlando.

  • English Teacher

    Maribel Marie Cardona is Atmosphere's 6th Grade English Teacher. She has earned double honors in English Literature and Creative Writing at Adelphi University. She also received honors after receiving her Master's in Adolescent Education, also at Adelphi University. She has her diploma in Managing Diversity in the Workplace from New York University where she was able to spread cultural awareness at her school and within her community. She is currently finishing her Master's degree in both School Building Leadership and School District Leadership in order to help all members of her community. She actively works with the National Society of Leadership and Success to spread awareness of diversity and equity to all. Her hobbies are travelling, drawing, writing, painting and going to the theatre.

  • Special Education Teacher

    Mary Villacis is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Special Education Teacher for Social Studies and Science. She has been teaching for eight years and is excited to have joined Atmosphere Academy. She holds a Master's in Childhood Education Tri Certification and Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Villacis believes in inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to never give up, even when faced with challenges that seem impossible to overcome.

  • Teaching Assistant

    Matthew Walker is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Teaching Assistant. He has earned his Associate of Science in Business Administration and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Education at the State University of New York Cobleskill. He is a certified New York State Paraprofessional for General Education and Special Education Specialist. Mr. Walker has been working in the education system for 6 years. After working at various middle schools, he learned methods to incorporate learning tools like math games and poetry, and has created practical ways for students to study and review material.

  • English Teacher

    Megan Whelan is Atmosphere's 6th Grade English Teacher. She also teaches the 6th grade honors curriculum. Mrs. Whelan is a certified New York state teacher. She has a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University and a Master of Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University.

  • Special Education Teacher

    Meghan Dunne is Atmosphere’s 6th Grade Special Education Teacher. She supports students with IEPs in Math and English classes. Ms. Dunne holds a Master of Science in Childhood Education from Molloy College and a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from Molloy College. She is New York State certified as a special education teacher. Previously, she taught in the West Islip School District and the North Merrick School District.

  • Achievement Associate Teacher

    Melissa Pagan is Atmosphere's Achievement Associate Teacher. Ms. Pagan is currently a student at Columbia University, majoring in Astrophysics and certifying in Education. She graduated from Riverdale Country School in 2017 and became an official Prep for Prep alumni in June 2017. As a member of Prep for Prep, Ms. Pagan's drive to help and give back led her to work at Prep for three years before joining Atmosphere Academy in October. At Prep for Prep, Ms. Pagan was an advisor for incoming students to help them adjust academically and socially to the rigorous expectations of the program.

  • Social Studies Teacher

    Michael Winston is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Michael is a certified Social Studies Teacher for grades 5-9. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Hartford with a focus in American History. He has had a passion for American History since the 8th grade. He then earned a Masters in Elementary and Literacy from Pace University. He is very excited about beginning the next part of his teaching career at Atmosphere and is looking forward to the new year. When he has down time, he enjoys reading, writing, relaxing, and spending time with his wife and twin daughters.

  • Science Teacher

    Phillippa Elizabeth Alexander is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Science Teacher. Mrs. Alexander is a passionate and dedicated life-long educator. Mrs. Alexander became an educator in the New York public school system in 2003 during her induction into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program Cohort#6. Mrs. Alexander's passions are learning new languages and discovering multicultural connections and bridges which interconnect us, one to another. Mrs. Alexander enjoys learning and speaking Japanese, French, Spanish, and Wolf (French-West African Dialect.) Mrs. Alexander's greatest accomplishments are her two amazing daughters, Danielle and Imani, whom she loves and adores. Mrs. Alexander earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Mercy College. Mrs. Alexander also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

  • Special Education Teacher

  • Special Education Teacher

    Ramona Jones is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Special Education Teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts from CUNY-City College . She earned a Dual Master of Science degree in Early Education and Special Education from The College of New Rochelle. She also has a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. Mrs. Jones is certified in General and Special Education from Birth to Sixth grade. Mrs. Jones has been an advocate for children and their families within various communities for more than three decades. Previously, Mrs Jones owned and operated a family daycare for eight years and taught as a Special Education Teacher in a Self-Contained classroom in the NYC Public School System. Mrs. Jones also taught in a NY State mental hospital with middle and high school students. Mrs. Jones is highly respected in her community and volunteers as a mentor to numerous men, women and children.

  • English Teacher

    Raquel Sommerville is Atmosphere's 7th Grade English Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Critical Reading and Critical Writing. Ms. Sommerville holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary English Education) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY New Paltz. She is New York State certified as an English teacher. Previously,  Ms. Sommerville was an English Teacher and a Department Chair at VOICE Charter School.

  • Social Studies Teacher

    Ravyn Gilbert is Atmosphere's 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Ms. Gilbert holds a Bachelor's Degree in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Social Studies and has a Master of Science in Teaching Students with Disabilities. Previously, she worked as Pre-Kindergarten teacher as Brightside Academy in the Bronx. Ms. Gilbert is excited and motivated in providing an interactive social studies experience with her students and seeks to grow and learn along with them.

  • Roshauna Richardson is Atmosphere's 8th Grade School Aide. She is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Education at CUNY Hostos. Ms. Richardson is extremely passionate about education and the youth. She previously worked for Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy as a Teacher's Assistant. She is committed to bettering her community and fighting for social justice.

  • Math Teacher

    Ross Grunwald is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Honors Math Teacher. Mr. Grunwald graduated from Five Towns College with a bachelor's in Business Management and Audio Engineering. Mr. Grunwald continued his education and received a Masters's in Elementary education. Mr. Grunwald has a certification in general education and special education. Prior to teaching 7th grade, he was Atmosphere's 6th-grade special education teacher for both Math and Science.

  • ELL Specialist

    Sarah Hendry is Atmosphere's English Language Learner Specialist. She has her Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education and concentration in Mathematics from the College of Saint Rose. She has a Master's degree from Syracuse University in Teaching English Language Learners. Previously, Ms. Hendry has served as an ESL Teacher in the South Bronx and Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics Teacher in Brooklyn.

  • PE Teacher

    Scott Friebel is Atmosphere’s 6th Grade Physical Education and Health Teacher. Mr. Friebel holds a Master of Science in Physical Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Education at SUNY The College at Brockport. Mr. Friebel is a New York State AHPERD member where he presents physical education activities at local and state-level conferences. Previously he worked part-time as an Athletic Administrator for a Long Island-based youth sports company and also coached youth volleyball, lacrosse, and hockey while working towards his degrees.

  • Shauna Brown-Shields is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Math Teacher. Ms. Shields is a certified math teacher for grades 7-12 and has been teaching for the past 7 years. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Master's degree in Math Education and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from York College of the City University of New York. Prior to teaching, she worked as a Writing Consultant for eight years at York College. She has taught Algebra, Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus at the high school level for five years and has taught two years of middle school Math. Ms. Shields is a native of Jamaica, West Indies and loves to sing, travel, read and bake.

  • Math Teacher

    Sheydgi Rivera is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Math Teacher. Ms. Rivera earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Hunter College. She is a New York State certified teacher who loves to learn. Not only does Ms. Rivera love teaching and learning, but she is an animal lover!

  • Special Education Teacher

    Shinnell Constantine is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Special Education Teacher. She has earned her Master's in Childhood General Education and Special Education Grades 1-6 from Pace University and is dual certified with New York State. Mrs. Constantine previously worked at P.S. 233 The Langston Hughes School and Columbus Avenue Preschool to gain 5 years of experience. She enjoys working with students with disabilities to give them the chance to show the world that they are capable of achieving great success with the right assistance. Her hobbies are dancing, reading, cooking, running, and traveling.

  • English Teacher

    Suzanne Larsen is Atmosphere's 6th Grade English Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Penn State and a Master of Arts from New York University. She has been teaching for 32 years.

  • Physical Science Teacher

    Travis Miecnikowski is Atmopshere's 6th Grade Science Teacher. He teaches 5 sections of Physical Science. Mr. Miecnikowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Penn State University and a Master of Education in Instructional Design from Western Governors University. He is New York State certified as a teacher. Previously, he was a Teacher at Harlem Prep Charter School and Brooklyn Scholars Charter School as well as a Nature Educator at Nature's Classroom in Connecticut.

  • Life Science Teacher

    Valini Persaud is Atmosphere's 7th Grade Science Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Life Science. Ms. Persaud holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from CUNY Queens College. She is New York State certified as a science teacher. Previously, she was a Science Teacher and Department Chair at Urban Dove Charter School.

  • Social Studies Teacher

    Wade Hanley is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Mr. Hanley is a New York State certified teacher in Social Studies. He has been an educator for 24 years, spending 19 of those years in the classroom, 2 years as a dean, and 3 years as an assistant principal. Mr. Hanley earned a Bachelor of Arts from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) and an Master of Arts from State University of New York at Albany.

  • ELL Specialist

    Yesenia Rivera is Atmosphere's 6th Grade English Language Learner Specialist. She holds her Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercy College. Ms. Rivera has previously worked in the DOE system.