Our Team

Our team is made up of mission-driven, results-oriented professionals who are united by the belief that all children are capable of greatness.

Thomas Shaffer

Second Grade Lead Teacher
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Thomas Shaffer

Second Grade Lead Teacher

Thomas Shaffer is a Second Grade Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Mr. Shaffer’s enthusiasm for teaching began during his tenure with Teach For America, during which he taught middle school English and history in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Shaffer believes deeply that all children are capable of achieving an exceptional education through building character and fostering creativity, along with holding high expectations and providing a rigorous curriculum. Mr. Shaffer is ecstatic to join a team of educators who are committed to excellence and believe all children are capable of greatness. Mr. Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rider University and a Masters from Relay Graduate School of Education in both Middle Childhood and Special Education.

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Karen Guerrero

Second Grade Teaching Fellow
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Karen Guerrero

Second Grade Teaching Fellow

Karen Guerrero is a Second Grade Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Guerrero’s love for education began when she studied abroad in Cusco, Peru and worked as a teaching assistant for students with disabilities. She also spent time working with high school students as a counselor. Ms. Guerrero believes that relationship-building, individualized support, a positive classroom environment, and high expectations ensure that all children are successful. Ms. Guerrero is excited to be part of a team of educators who are committed to excellence, and believe that all children are capable of academic success. Ms.Guerrero earned a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta.
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Lucia Zerbino

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow
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Lucia Zerbino

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow

Lucia Zerbino is a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Lucia’s love for education and teaching started as a tutor during high school in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ms. Zerbino believes every child deserves a world class education filled with joy for learning and the tools necessary to pursue their dreams. She is very excited and grateful to work with a team of inspiring educators. Ms. Zerbino earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Childhood Special Education at Hunter College.
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Leslie Santana

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow
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Leslie Santana

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow

Leslie Santana is a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Santana’s passion for teaching began at Bold and was driven by her belief that every child should receive an exceptional education. Ms. Santana is determined to help students achieve academic success and social-emotional growth by upholding high academic expectations, building character, and fostering creativity. Ms. Santana is thrilled to be part of a team of educators who are committed to excellence and believe all children are capable of greatness. Ms. Santana earned a Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Oneonta.
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Soi’more Cherry

First Grade Lead Teacher
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Soi’more Cherry

First Grade Lead Teacher

Soi’more Cherry is a First Grade Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Cherry’s enthusiasm for teaching began as a preschool lead teacher, after which she became a substitute teacher for grades K-5. Ms. Cherry believes deeply that by building character strength and fostering creativity, along with providing a rigorous curriculum, all students can and will surpass expectations of success. Ms. Cherry is delighted to join a team of educators who are committed to excellence and believe all children are capable of greatness. Ms. Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Cortland.
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Beandys De Los Santos

Kindergarten Grade Team Lead
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Beandys De Los Santos

Kindergarten Grade Team Lead

Beandys De Los Santos is a Kindergarten Lead Teacher and the Kindergarten Grade Team Lead at Bold Charter School. Ms. De Los Santos is passionate about closing the achievement gap in education and is a strong believer that every child is capable of accomplishing their dreams. Ms. De Los Santos’ passion for teaching began as a Kindergarten Lead Teacher at a high-performing charter network in New York City. As a founding team member at Bold, Ms. De Los Santos is committed to giving all children access to a world-class education and the tools they need to succeed academically and personally.
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Leanna Dunsmore

Principal-in-Training
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Leanna Dunsmore

Principal-in-Training

Leanna Dunsmore is the Principal-in-Training at Bold Charter School. Ms. Dunsmore’s passion for teaching began as a Special Education teacher at a high-performing charter school in New York City, after which she transitioned into an Instructional Coach role. Through Ms. Dunsmore’s experience of upholding high academic expectations while adapting instruction to meet the unique needs of every student, she determined that when provided with individualized supports, all children can and will succeed. Ms. Dunsmore is thrilled to join a team of educators who are committed to excellence and believe all children are capable of greatness. Ms. Dunsmore earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University and a Masters in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College Graduate School of Education. ‎
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Andrew Foglia

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Andrew Foglia

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andrew Foglia is the Founder and Executive Director of Bold Charter School. Mr. Foglia’s commitment to educational equity began during his tenure with Teach For America, during which he taught middle school math and science in Newark, NJ. After Teach For America, Mr. Foglia joined a high-performing charter school in New York City, where he was both a teacher and school leader. Mr. Foglia is dedicated to increasing access to world-class schools for all children, and leads Bold in service of that mission. Mr. Foglia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
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William Hennep

Athletics & Culture Coordinator
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William Hennep

Athletics & Culture Coordinator

William Hennep is the Athletics & Culture Coordinator at Bold Charter School. Mr. Hennep began his career at a high-performing charter school in New York City, where he was a teacher for four years. Mr. Hennep is excited to be a part of a community where he can help build relationships with families, and support the dreams and aspirations they have for their children's futures. Mr. Hennep is committed to giving all children access to a world-class education so that they can achieve the highest level of education, and become role-models for future generations. Mr. Hennep earned a Bachelor of Science from The Sage Colleges.
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Carson Rockefeller

Science Lead Teacher
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Carson Rockefeller

Science Lead Teacher

Carson Rockefeller is the Lead Science Teacher at Bold Charter School. Mr. Rockefeller believes that science is an integral part of every child's education because it builds their ability to think critically and problem solve. Mr. Rockefeller completed his undergraduate degree in Elementary Science Education from SUNY Oneonta and received his Masters from Hunter College in Elementary Science and Mathematics Education.
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Yackira Rodolis

First Grade Team Lead
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Yackira Rodolis

First Grade Team Lead

Yackira Rodolis is a First Grade Lead Teacher and the First Grade Team Lead at Bold Charter School. Ms. Rodolis’ love of teaching began when she first started working as a Montessori Preschool Teacher in Manhattan. She spent several years at the preschool level, and later decided to bring her joy and passion for teaching to the elementary level. Ms. Rodolis has been a kindergarten teacher for the past two years and is very excited to join a founding team of educators who believe in the potential of all children. Ms. Rodolis earned her Bachelors of Arts from Lehman College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College.
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Mario Rodriguez

School Operations Manager
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Mario Rodriguez

School Operations Manager

Mario Rodriguez is the School Operations Manager at Bold Charter School. Mr. Rodriguez's commitment to operational excellence began at a high-performing charter school in Queens, where he worked as the Community Relations Coordinator. Mr. Rodriguez is extremely excited to be a part of the Bold team and to support the instructional team in providing a world-class public education by delivering operational excellence. Mr. Rodriguez attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where he earned a Bachelors Degree.
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Ritu Singh

Second Grade Team Lead
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Ritu Singh

Second Grade Team Lead

Ritu Singh is a Second Grade Lead Special Education Teacher and the Second Grade Team Lead at Bold Charter School. Ms. Singh’s love for teaching began at a high-performing charter school in Queens, where she taught second grade. Ms. Singh believes that excellence is a mindset and by helping students build this mindset, all children can excel and reach their goals. She is ecstatic to be a part of the Bold team where she has the opportunity to make a strong impact on the lives of children everyday. Ms. Singh earned a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta and is currently pursuing a Masters program in Literacy.
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