Meet Our Staff

The staff of Elysian Charter School is proud of its commitment to the children and families of our community. Each member of the Elysian team brings a unique background that contributes to the depth and breadth of our instructional program. Many of our teachers have been with us since we opened our doors and several are not only educators, but parents of Elysian students and graduates. Our teachers, administrative assistants, paraprofessionals and lunch/recess/afterschool staff are the heart of the Elysian Charter School and we invite you to get know us.

Jeff Belton
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Jeff Belton

Paraprofessional
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Jeff Belton is a Paraprofessional He has been at Elysian since 2014.
Nicole Berger
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Nicole Berger

Art
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I have been teaching art at Elysian since 2013. Before coming to ECS, I worked as a classroom teacher. I have always loved both the arts and academics, and I feel passionately about combining and integrating the two. Throughout each art unit, students explore different media and techniques, learn about culture and art history, and experience art critique. They learn about design concepts and how art and design work together to create beautiful and impactful works of art.
Ashley Choate
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Ashley Choate

First Grade
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Ashley Choate is a 1st Grade Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2003.
Erica Colombini
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Erica Colombini

Fifth Grade
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Carmen Compress
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Carmen Compress

Recess Aide
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Diane DeSombre
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Diane DeSombre

School Nurse
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Diane DeSombre, RN is our School Nurse. She has been at Elysian since 2002.
Megan DeSombre
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Megan DeSombre

Paraprofessional
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She has been at Elysian since 2017
Karen Drake
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Karen Drake

Spanish
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Karen Drake is the Spanish Teacher, She has been at Elysian since 2005.
Tara Dublanica
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Tara Dublanica

Social Worker
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Angela Dunkley
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Angela Dunkley

Kindergarten
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Hi, my name is Angela Dunckley and I am one of the kindergarten teachers at Elysian. This is my 12th year at Elysian, but my 17th year teaching kindergarten. I love teaching kindergarten and love reading kids’ books. I have many favorites. The Adventures of Bumblebee Boy, Secret Pizza Party and The Great Lollipop Caper are just a few of the books I love to read with my class!
Cristina Francisco
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Cristina Francisco

Third Grade
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Adam Froimowitz
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Adam Froimowitz

Physical Education
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Adam Froimowitz has been working at Elysian since 2013 as our Physical Education and Health Education teacher. He is also one of the basketball coaches here at Elysian and is a member of the school climate team. Before coming to Elysian Adam has worked at a school in Queens, NY where he taught Physical Education/Health Education for five years.
Shaquana Ferguson
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Shaquana Ferguson

Recess and Afterschool Aide
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Susan Gilbertson
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Susan Gilbertson

Admin. Assistant Enrollment / Food Srv. Director
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Susan Gilbertson is the Enrollment Coordinator. She has been at Elysian since 1999.
Aram Rubenstein-Gillis
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Aram Rubenstein-Gillis

Artist in Residence
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Pam Gorode
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Pam Gorode

Assistant Business Manager
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Mary Guthrie
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Mary Guthrie

Music
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I been teaching at Elysian for fifteen years. In addition to the joy I receive teaching music to our students, I take particularly great pleasure in helping the children to create the kind of musical culture at the school such that many children beg to spend their lunch or recess time in the music room so they can have extra time to explore, create, or practice what they have been working on in their music classes.
Diane Jackson
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Diane Jackson

Lunch Staff
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Diane Jackson is a Lunch Aide. She has been at Elysian since 2003.
Amanda Johnson
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Amanda Johnson

Paraprofessional
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Amanda Johnson is a Paraprofessional. She has been at Elysian since 2013.
Brenda Johnson
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Brenda Johnson

Recess, Afterschool, Early Morning Staff
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Corinthia Johnson
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Corinthia Johnson

Receptionist
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Terina Jones
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Terina Jones

Recess Aide
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Terina Jones is a Recess Aide. She has been at Elysian since 2012.
Abra Kessler
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Abra Kessler

Second Grade
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Abra Kessler has been a teacher at Elysian since 1998. Currently, she teaches 2nd grade. She has also taught 4th and 5th grades at Elysian. Abra has a bachelor's degree in English from Penn State University and a Master's degree in the Science of Education from The Bank Street College of Education.
Lynn Kluepfel
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Lynn Kluepfel

Special Education
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Lynn Kluepfel is a Special Education Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2004.
Francine Ladson
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Francine Ladson

Recess, Afterschool, Early Morning Staff
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Francine Ladson is the Supervisor for Early Morning Drop-off, Recess and Aftercare. She has been at Elysian since 2001.
Melissa Landera
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Melissa Landera

Second Grade
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Melissa Starrett Landera has been teaching at Elysian since 1997. She has taught kindergarten, first grade and currently teaches second grade. Melissa loves working on special projects with her class and taking them on fun trips. Recently, she's become an afterschool club leader which is lots of fun!
Harry Laub, Ph.D
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Harry Laub, Ph.D

Director
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Harry Laub, Ph.D is the Director. He has been at Elysian since 2011.
Samantha Leone
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Samantha Leone

Special Education Teacher
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Diane Macon
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Diane Macon

Business Manager
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Diane Macon is the Business Manager. She has been at Elysian since 2013.
Robert Maltese
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Robert Maltese

Maintenance
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Robert Maltese is the Facilities Manager. He has been at Elysian since 2015.
Mary Bridget Martin
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Mary Bridget Martin

Seventh/Eighth Grade Science
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MaryBridget Maxwell is the Science and a 7th Grade Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2014.
Regan Michaels
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Regan Michaels

Eighth Grade/Humanities
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Regan Michaels is the 8th Grade Humanities Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2014.
Josie Miguel
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Josie Miguel

Kindergarten
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Darcy Minsky
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Darcy Minsky

Special Education
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Darcy Minsky is a Special Education Teacher and the ED/CST Chair.
Shareeza Mohammed
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Shareeza Mohammed

Paraprofessional
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Shareza Mohammed is a Paraprofessional. She has been at Elysian since 2005.
Rosio Montayo
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Rosio Montayo

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Diane Murray
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Diane Murray

Sixth Grade
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Diane Murray has been a teacher at Elysian since 1999. Currently, she teaches 6th grade math and science, directs the school plays, and is a member of the School Climate Team.
Leah Oppenzato
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Leah Oppenzato

Seventh Grade/Humanities
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Leah Oppenzato started at Elysian with its first seventh grade class in 2002. She attended Swarthmore College and Bank Street College of Education. Class pets are one of her favorite aspects about Elysian, and as well as human animals, her room has been home to hamsters, a chinchilla, a snake, a degu, a guinea pig, and a bearded dragon.
Megan Park
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Megan Park

Fourth Grade
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Megan Park is a 4th Grade Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2010.
Odalys Pla
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Odalys Pla

Paraprofessional
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Odalys Pla is a Paraprofessional and Aftercare Aide. She has been at Elysian since 2005.
Andrew Prosser
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Andrew Prosser

Paraprofessional
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Gail Prusslin
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Gail Prusslin

Speech-Language Specialist
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Gail Prusslin is the Speech Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 1998.
Hillary Quist
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Hillary Quist

Seventh/Eighth Grade Math
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Hillary Quist is the 7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2008.
Vanetta Rivera
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Vanetta Rivera

Paraprofessional
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Roberto Rosa
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Roberto Rosa

Paraprofessional
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Roberto Rosa III is a Paraprofessional and the Technology Coordinator, He has been at Elysian since 2012.
Alyssa Rosen
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Alyssa Rosen

Fourth Grade
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Alyssa Rosen is a 4th Grade Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2007.
Deb Rosner
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Deb Rosner

Administrative Assistant
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Deb Rosner is Elysian's Administrative Assistant since June of 2014. Deb became an Elysian parent when her child was in Kindergarten the first year the school opened. She happily volunteered as a class parent for multiple years. She became the PTSO's first president and then PTSO's treasurer up until her younger child graduated in 2013.
John Rutledge
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John Rutledge

Fifth Grade
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John Rutledge has been a teacher at Elysian since 2005. He currently teaches 5th grade, coaches the school's elementary and middle school rugby teams and co-directs the Elysian summer camp program. John also organized the school's recycling initiative and currently manages the school store. Before joining Elysian, John spent 10 years working in human resources for various NYC companies. John and his wife, Sarah, reside with their 3 boys in Jersey City.
Jackie Sanchez
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Jackie Sanchez

Paraprofessional
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Lynne Shapiro
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Lynne Shapiro

Arts Coordinator
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Lynne Shapiro coordinates arts programs and partnerships and teaches middle school humanities seminars. She was a founding parent, the mother of a son in Elysian’s first Kindergarten class who graduated in 8th grade. Prior to working at Elysian, Lynne ran the schools program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She teaches Children's Literature and Cultures and Values at Hudson County Community College. She is a poet and lives in Hoboken.
Ashley Shirazi
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Ashley Shirazi

6th Grade
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Lenore Silver
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Lenore Silver

Special Education
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Daisy Tavarez
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Daisy Tavarez

Recess and Aftercare
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Cheryl Tricoli
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Cheryl Tricoli

Lunch Staff
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Cheryl Tricoli is a Lunch and Aftercare Aide. She has been at Elysian since 2003.
Michelle Valerie Trinidad
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Michelle Valerie Trinidad

Paraprofessional
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Amanda Tripp
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Amanda Tripp

Third Grade
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Amanda Tripp is a 3rd Grade Teacher. She has been at Elysian since 2006.
Alicia Weinstein
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Alicia Weinstein

ELS Teacher
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Joanna Weintraub
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Joanna Weintraub

First Grade
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Joanna Weintraub has been at Elysian since 1998. She has taught K, 1st, 2nd, 7th, Music, and Seminars as well as filling the roles of Interim Director, Leadership Team, PTSO President and Parent. She has degrees from Yale University, Bank Street College and Montclair State University.
Linda Yarosh
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Linda Yarosh

Receptionist
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Linda Yarosh is a Receptionist and Lunch Aide.
Yasmin Yarosh
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Yasmin Yarosh

Paraprofessional
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She has been at Elysian since 2017.