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.

Allyson Songe

Data Strategy Manager
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Allyson Songe

Data Strategy Manager

Allyson Songe is the Data Strategy Manager at Bold Charter School. Ms. Songe believes that data is an important tool in the learning process through its ability to inform, connect, and realize insights that drive student success. Her passion for using data to support educational achievement began in her roles as Data Manager and Director of Data and Research at a high performing charter network in Bronx, NY. Prior to working in data, Ms. Songe taught and created music curricula for K-8 instrumental and general music programs. Ms. Songe earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Northwestern State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Hunter College.
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Amanda Mari

Lead Teacher
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Amanda Mari

Lead Teacher

Amanda Mari is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Mari started her career in medical education research, but always knew her true passion was in K-12 education. Ms. Mari is passionate about ensuring every student receives a high-quality education that gives them the knowledge and confidence to pursue their future aspirations. She is excited to join a team of educators that encourages students to reach their full potential. Ms. Mari earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Statistics from CUNY Hunter College.
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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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Anthony Williams

Teaching Fellow
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Anthony Williams

Teaching Fellow

Anthony Williams is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Anthony’s interest in education was sparked when he observed how much Iraqi children loved learning about American culture when he deployed to Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. His interest turned into passion after leaving the military and working as a Special Assistant for the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit arm of New York City’s Department of Education. Anthony grew up in the South Bronx and is excited to be able to serve students by helping them achieve academic success in a supportive environment. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University, a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
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Ariel Ortiz

Principal-in-Residence
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Ariel Ortiz

Principal-in-Residence

Ariel Ortiz is the Principal-in-Residence at Bold Charter School. Ms. Ortiz began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, where she served at a school dedicated to providing an inclusive education to children with special needs. Before joining Bold, Ms. Ortiz taught elementary and middle school and served as a Director of Mathematics and Middle School Principal. She is passionate about providing a well-rounded, high-quality education to all children that prepares them to be our world's future leaders. Ms. Ortiz holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Masters of Education from Fordham University.
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Azina Alexander

Lead Teacher
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Azina Alexander

Lead Teacher

Azina Alexander is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Alexander's love for education developed during her undergraduate years as an Anthropology and History major at Columbia University. During these years, she learned about the educational inequalities that different groups of people faced as a result of their socio-economic status, race, and ethnicity. Ms. Alexander's desire to serve the Bronx Community is driven by both her educational studies as well as her own experiences growing up and receiving education in the Bronx. Ms. Alexander is dedicated to giving back to her community by building strong relationships with families and community organizations to help students grow and develop as life-long, empowered learners. Ms. Alexander earned a Masters in Adolescent Social Studies Education from Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Cait Hagan

Lead Teacher
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Cait Hagan

Lead Teacher

Cait Hagan is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Hagan's passion for teaching is driven by her deep belief in the potential of all children. She is committed to supporting her students’ dreams and is thrilled to join a team of enthusiastic educators who have dedicated themselves to excellence and making a positive impact. Ms. Hagan earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Youth and Social Innovation from the University of Virginia, and is currently a Corps Member with Teach for America pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood at Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Cara O'Neill

Teaching Fellow
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Cara O'Neill

Teaching Fellow

Cara O'Neill is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. O'Neill's passion for education was solidified through experiences working in local elementary schools during her time as a student at Bucknell University. Ms. O'Neill believes in creating an inclusive classroom community that will best support students' socio-emotional learning, academic achievement, and provide them with tools that will allow them to thrive both in and out of the classroom. Ms. O'Neill graduated from Bucknell University with bachelor's degrees in Education and Sociology, and is currently a Corps Member with Teach For America, pursuing a masters in Early Childhood at Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Caroline Chang

Director of Humanities
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Caroline Chang

Director of Humanities

Caroline Chang is the Director of Humanities at Bold Charter School. Ms. Chang's own love of reading and literature has developed into a commitment to supporting all students as they grow into lifelong readers and develop their own ideas and voices. Ms. Chang started her career teaching 6th grade ELA in Passaic, NJ with Teach For America. She then taught middle and high school English for nine years at an independent school in New York City, where she worked on developing and refining curriculum in addition to teaching multiple grade levels. Ms. Chang earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College.
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Carson Rockefeller

Labsite Teacher
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Carson Rockefeller

Labsite Teacher

Carson Rockefeller is a Grade Team Lead and Labsite Teacher at Bold Charter School. Mr. Rockefeller believes that the strongest education is one that teaches the whole child, builds authentic relationships with students and families, and promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Mr. Rockefeller completed his undergraduate degree in Elementary Science Education at SUNY Oneonta and received his Masters from Hunter College in Elementary Science and Mathematics Education.
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Celai Busch

Teaching Fellow
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Celai Busch

Teaching Fellow

Celai Busch is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Busch has dreamt of being a teacher since Kindergarten due to her admiration for her teacher. This desire grew through various educational roles, such as math camp counselor and online instructor. Ms. Busch is excited to meet and build relationships with new students. Ms. Busch looks forward to helping students grow, fostering a love for learning, and supporting students’ needs. Ms. Busch earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Sociology from Amherst College.
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Celine Peña

Teaching Fellow
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Celine Peña

Teaching Fellow

Celine Peña is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Peña's passion for teaching came from her drive to give back to her Bronx community. Often taking time to volunteer and work at local Bronx organizations, she learned to love working with her students and helping them reach their academic goals. Now working at Bold, she is excited to join a group of educators who have similar, aligned passions. Ms. Peña earned her Bachelor's degree at Hunter College and is now continuing her studies there, pursuing a Master's in Education.
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Christina Oros

Director of Strive: Special Education
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Christina Oros

Director of Strive: Special Education

Christina Oros is the Director of Strive: Special Education at Bold Charter School. Ms. Oros began her career as a speech-language pathologist and believes that access to communication is essential to education. She has worked in a variety of roles at the middle school level, including speech therapist, reading intervention instructor, and IEP compliance coordinator. She is committed to ensuring that all learners receive appropriate support and have access to their curriculum. Ms. Oros earned a Bachelor of Arts from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Brooklyn and a Masters of Science from CUNY Hunter College.
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Connor Gilligan

Science Lead Teacher
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Connor Gilligan

Science Lead Teacher

Connor Gilligan is a Science Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Mr. Gilligan’s passion for education started at an early age, when he would stay after school to help his elementary school teachers set up the science experiments for the class. He continued to build upon this passion in college as a natural science instructor at a middle school summer camp. Mr. Gilligan believes in learning through hands-on experimentation and creative exploration of complex science concepts. Mr. Gilligan is determined to provide exceptional science education to every K-1 student at Bold this year. Mr. Gilligan graduated from John Jay College with a bachelors in Anthropology with a focus on health and culture.
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Daphne Kass

Teaching Fellow
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Daphne Kass

Teaching Fellow

Daphne Kass is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Kass is determined to inspire a love of learning in all kids and to provide the foundation for them to pursue any goals they desire later in life. Ms. Kass earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, History, and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently a Teach for America Corps Member.
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Eidry Estevez

Teaching Fellow
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Eidry Estevez

Teaching Fellow

Eidry Estevez is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Estevez always had an inkling that she wanted to work with children, but her passion was ignited after taking a college course in K-12 Education Policy. This course inspired her advocacy for equitable and high quality education in low income and disinvested neighborhoods. As a Bronx native herself, she is excited to join a team that is committed and proactive toward the same mission. She hopes to provide her students with the tools to be their best selves. Ms. Estevez earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education Studies at Barnard College.
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Elizabeth Charles

Lead Teacher
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Elizabeth Charles

Lead Teacher

Elizabeth Charles is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Charles' passion for education began when she spent a semester teaching at a German-speaking secondary school in Vienna, Austria and writing a research paper that compared the American and Austrian school systems. She believes that a high-quality, culturally responsive education is a human right and that all students want to succeed. Ms. Charles is excited to join the vibrant community of students, families, and staff at Bold. Ms. Charles earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College and a Master's in Education from Boston University.
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Emma Ruskay-Kidd

Teaching Fellow
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Emma Ruskay-Kidd

Teaching Fellow

Emma Ruskay-Kidd is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Ruskay-Kidd believes that a positive school environment appreciates each child’s unique gifts and empowers them to become engaged, passionate, and inquisitive students and human beings. She has a life-long passion for working with children, utilizing artistic and creative approaches to learning. Ms. Ruskay-Kidd is excited to work alongside a team that prioritizes students and their families in providing high-quality academic rigor, preparing them to reach their highest potential. She is thrilled to work with Bold students as they learn, explore, and strive for holistic success together. Ms. Ruskay-Kidd earned a Bachelors of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Gissela Sosa

Community Relations Coordinator
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Gissela Sosa

Community Relations Coordinator

Gissela Sosa is a Community Relations Coordinator at Bold Charter School. Ms.Sosa’s passion for serving her community led her to Bold. She is enthusiastic about being part of the Bold team, providing a world-class public education to our students and exceptional support to our families and community. Ms.Sosa attended SUNY Plattsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree.
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Jasmine Nuñez

Community Relations Coordinator
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Jasmine Nuñez

Community Relations Coordinator

Jasmine Nuñez is a Community Relations Coordinator at Bold Charter School. Ms. Nuñez started her career in research billing, but wanted to shift paths and work within her community, which led her to Bold Charter School. Ms. Nuñez is passionate about bridging the gap between schools and families because she believes it can create a more collaborative and inclusive environment for all. Ms. Nuñez is delighted to be joining a team of passionate educators who are committed to providing a world-class education and believe all children are capable of greatness. Ms. Nuñez earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Relations and Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh.
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Jennifer Sciarrino

Science Lead Teacher
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Jennifer Sciarrino

Science Lead Teacher

Jenny Sciarrino is a Science Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School.  Ms. Sciarrino's passion for equity in education began when she joined Teach for America in Washington, DC. Ms. Sciarrino taught science for four years in DC Public Schools before moving to New York. Ms. Sciarrino is thrilled to spark curiosity in her students through science. Ms. Sciarrino earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education degree from Johns Hopkins University.
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Jessica Highland

Teaching Fellow
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Jessica Highland

Teaching Fellow

Jessica Highland is a Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Highland’s passion for teaching began with her experiences tutoring elementary and middle school-aged students in Washington, D.C. throughout college. Raised by her educator parents, Ms. Highland developed a love and appreciation for learning early on. She is delighted by the opportunity to support students in recognizing the curiosity, power, and potential within themselves, inside and out of the classroom. Ms. Highland earned a Bachelors of Science from Georgetown University.
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Jessie Cordray

Soccer Lead
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Jessie Cordray

Soccer Lead

Jessie Cordray is the Soccer Lead at Bold Charter School. Coach Jessie has been coaching youth soccer for the past 13 years. He got his start with San Francisco Youth Soccer in the NorCal Premier League before joining a high-performing charter school in New York City, where he was both a network soccer coach and the program's logistics lead. Coach Jessie is dedicated to reforming youth soccer in the United States and increasing access and equity to all youth sports in urban areas. Coach Jessie earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Utah and his Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a USSF C License.
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Karen Guerrero

Lead Teacher
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Karen Guerrero

Lead Teacher

Karen Guerrero is a Lead Teacher and Grade Team Lead 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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Kate Watkins

Director of People Operations
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Kate Watkins

Director of People Operations

Kate Watkins is the Director of People Operations at Bold Charter School. Ms. Watkins has worked in education management throughout her career, both in charter schools and international education, with a focus on increasing access to education and opportunity. She is passionate about building and developing strong teams and what’s possible when people come together around a shared mission and vision. She is inspired by the team at Bold and looks forward to supporting Bold’s growth and impact. Ms. Watkins earned her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in New York City.
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Katelyn Alfonso

Lead Teacher
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Katelyn Alfonso

Lead Teacher

Katelyn Alfonso is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Alfonso is committed to collaborating with her students, their families, and community to foster curious, confident, self-determined, socially conscious citizens and advocates. She began her work in Miami as a school academic and behavior interventionist before coming to the Bronx. Ms. Alfonso is overjoyed to work at Bold where excellence is redefined and driven by our shared belief in the whole child. Ms. Alfonso earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts Dual Degree in General Education and Special Education from Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Keyron Jarvis

Chess Lead
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Keyron Jarvis

Chess Lead

Keyron Jarvis is the Chess Lead at Bold Charter School. Coach Jarvis has been teaching chess for the past 7 years. He got his start with Chess-In-Schools as a Tournament Director and Coach before joining a high-performing charter school in New York City, where he taught chess. Coach Jarvis is dedicated to using his passion for chess to help students become critical and analytical thinkers. Coach Jarvis is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Medgar Evers College.
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Kofi Osafo

Lead Teacher
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Kofi Osafo

Lead Teacher

Kofi Osafo is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Mr. Osafo’s passion for kids and teaching began right here in the Bronx in 2011 when he volunteered as a teaching assistant at the Salvation Army Daycare, and since then he’s been eager to find his way back into the classroom. Mr. Osafo believes that his role is more than just educating students and focusing on academics, he puts a huge emphasis on caring for all his students and building meaningful relationships with them all. Mr. Osafo is grateful to be a part of a team that is trying to put the students of underserved communities at the forefront for once. Mr. Osafo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany and a Masters degree at Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Leslie Santana

Lead Teacher
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Leslie Santana

Lead Teacher

Leslie Santana is a Lead Teacher and Grade Team Lead 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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Lola Sanchez-Carrion

Lead Teacher
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Lola Sanchez-Carrion

Lead Teacher

Lola Sanchez-Carrion is a Lead Teacher and Grade Team Lead at Bold Charter School. Lola’s love for teaching began when she worked as a 6th and 7th Grade ELA teacher in Miami, Florida. She believes that all students deserve a school that invites them to be their true, authentic selves, while holding them to the highest standards. She has also worked as a 6th Grade English Teacher in Manhattan and taught high school students from across the world through The American School of Lima in Peru. Lola earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education at Hunter College.
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Lucia Zerbino

Lead Teacher
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Lucia Zerbino

Lead Teacher

Lucia Zerbino is a Lead Teacher and Grade Team Lead at Bold Charter School. Ms. Zerbino’s love for education and teaching started when she was 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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Margaret Vorhaben

Lead Teacher
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Margaret Vorhaben

Lead Teacher

Margaret Vorhaben is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Vorhaben’s passion for working with children began in college, where she was a camp counselor and youth supervisor for elementary-aged students. She previously worked as a First Grade integrated co-teacher at a high-performing charter school in New York City. Ms. Vorhaben believes that all children are capable of success and is committed to helping them achieve their full potential. She enjoys fostering relationships with students beyond the classroom by getting to know their individual goals and interests. She is thrilled to work alongside a team that cultivates a welcoming and inclusive school community. Ms. Vorhaben earned a Bachelors of Arts from Barnard College in Manhattan.
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Mario Rodriguez

Senior Operations Manager
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Mario Rodriguez

Senior Operations Manager

Mario Rodriguez is the Senior 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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Martina Dwomoh

School Psychologist
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Martina Dwomoh

School Psychologist

Martina Dwomoh is a certified School Psychologist at Bold Charter School. Mrs. Dwomoh aims to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. She is committed to identifying barriers impacting students' emotional wellbeing, improving the educational experiences of children and adolescents, and providing a supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, school, and the community for all students. Mrs. Dwomoh received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and her Master of Education in School Psychology from Long Island University. She has experience working with not-for-profit agencies that provide services to individuals diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Mrs. Dwomoh loves working as a team with students, families/faculty, and is available to provide support in person, via telephone, or by email.
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Matt Gould

Chief Operating Officer
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Matt Gould

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Gould is the founding Chief Operating Officer of Bold Charter School. Mr. Gould began his career as a management consultant where he focused on operational efficiency before moving to the non-profit sector to pursue his passion of advocating for educational equity. Mr. Gould's commitment to education was deeply ingrained in him from an early age by his mom, who was a public school teacher for over 40 years. He has spent the past 17 years as an enterprise and operations leader at two education-reform organizations, Teach for America and Educators for Excellence, and is excited to bring those skills to Bold to support its efforts to educate our next generation of leaders. Mr. Gould earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University.
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Mawa Ballo

Lead Teacher
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Mawa Ballo

Lead Teacher

Mawa Ballo is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Ballo's passion for teaching began at The Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts, where she developed strong relationships with students on and off the squash court. Ms. Ballo's journey then led her to a charter school in Brooklyn, New York, where she taught fourth grade humanities and writing for three years before joining Bold. She is driven by her belief that representation matters and that every student has the power to show their greatness through an exceptional education program. Ms. Ballo is determined to make sure that every scholar feels seen and heard in her classroom and realizes their potential for greatness by upholding high expectations, sparking creativity and curiosity and meeting scholars where they are. Ms. Ballo is thrilled to join a team of like minded individuals who want to strive for excellence by creating joyful, social-emotional, rigorous and engaging classrooms so that scholars have a meaningful educational experience. Ms. Ballo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Connecticut College and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching at Relay Graduate School of Education.
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Priya Shah

Lead Teacher
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Priya Shah

Lead Teacher

Priya Shah is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms Shah’s love for education is driven by her deep belief that every child has a right to an excellent education. She went on to teach at elementary schools in inner-city London after completing a rigorous training program through Teach First. Ms Shah is passionate about fostering curiosity, joy, and empathy in her classroom and believes in empowering all students to achieve their full potential. She believes in the importance of resilience and equipping students with the skills to express and manage their emotions. She is grateful to belong to a community of educators that is committed to excellence and believes in success for all students. Ms Shah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from University College London.
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Ryan Neary

Director of Math
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Ryan Neary

Director of Math

Ryan Neary is the Director of Math at Bold Charter School. His career in education began with the opportunity to teach abroad at a private school in Sydney, Australia. Since then, Ryan has worked at various charter schools in the Boston and New York City areas, most recently teaching Algebra I while leading the math department at a middle school in Queens. He loves helping students and teachers see math in a whole new light by viewing problems through a conceptual and investigative lens. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Boston University with a minor in Linguistics.
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Soi’more Cherry

Art Lead Teacher
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Soi’more Cherry

Art Lead Teacher

Soi’more Cherry is the Art 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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Tatiana Johnson

Lead Teacher
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Tatiana Johnson

Lead Teacher

Tatiana Johnson is a Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Johnson's love for education began in college, where she taught poetry to middle schoolers. Ms. Johnson believes education is rooted in community - the relationships formed between teachers, students, and families. Ms. Johnson is excited and grateful to be a part of a team that prioritizes student opportunity and success, and fosters creativity and exploration. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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