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

Third Grade Teaching Fellow
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Amanda Mari

Third Grade Teaching Fellow

Amanda Mari is a Third Grade Teaching Fellow 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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Beandys De Los Santos

Instructional Coach
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Beandys De Los Santos

Instructional Coach

Beandys De Los Santos is an Instructional Coach 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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Cait Hagan

First Grade Teaching Fellow
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Cait Hagan

First Grade Teaching Fellow

Cait Hagan is a First Grade Teaching Fellow 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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Carson Rockefeller

Third Grade Lead Teacher
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Carson Rockefeller

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Carson Rockefeller is a Third Grade Lead 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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Destiny Lamar

Second Grade Teaching Fellow
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Destiny Lamar

Second Grade Teaching Fellow

Destiny Lamar is a Second Grade Teaching Fellow at Bold Charter School. Ms. Lamar’s love for education began when she shadowed a third grade teacher during a college internship and worked as an aftercare assistant at an elementary school. Ms. Lamar believes that building relationships, a positive and supportive classroom environment, and high expectations ensure that all children are successful. Ms. Lamar is excited to be part of a team of educators committed to excellence, for both themselves and their students, and believes that all children are capable of success. Ms. Lamar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College.
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Gissela Sosa

Community Relations Coordinator
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Gissela Sosa

Community Relations Coordinator

Gissela Sosa is the 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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Karen Guerrero

First Grade Lead Teacher
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Karen Guerrero

First Grade Lead Teacher

Karen Guerrero is a First Grade Lead Teacher 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

Talent Acquisition Manager
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Kate Watkins

Talent Acquisition Manager

Kate Watkins is the Talent Acquisition Manager 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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Leanna Dunsmore

Principal
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Leanna Dunsmore

Principal

Leanna Dunsmore is the Principal 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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Leslie Santana

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
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Leslie Santana

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Leslie Santana is a Kindergarten Lead Teacher 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

Second Grade Lead Teacher
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Lola Sanchez-Carrion

Second Grade Lead Teacher

Lola Sanchez-Carrion is a Second Grade Lead Teacher at Bold Charter School. Ms. Sanchez-Carrion’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. She is grateful to belong to a community of educators that is so committed to providing a rigorous, engaging education to all students. Ms. Sanchez-Carrion earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
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Lucia Zerbino

First Grade Lead Teacher
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Lucia Zerbino

First Grade Lead Teacher

Lucia Zerbino is a First Grade Lead Teacher 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

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow
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Margaret Vorhaben

Kindergarten Teaching Fellow

Margaret Vorhaben is a Kindergarten Teaching Fellow 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

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

Instructional Coach
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Ritu Singh

Instructional Coach

Ritu Singh is an Instructional Coach 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 that 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 holds a Masters Degree in Literacy.
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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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Tatiana Johnson

Third Grade Teaching Fellow
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Tatiana Johnson

Third Grade Teaching Fellow

Tatiana Johnson is a Third Grade Teaching Fellow 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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Thomas Khadoo

Business Operations Associate
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Thomas Khadoo

Business Operations Associate

Thomas Khadoo is the Business Operations Associate at Bold Charter School. Mr. Khadoo's passion for utilizing business as a vehicle for social change began as a Marketing Assistant for a nonprofit specializing in nonpartisan news. Mr. Khadoo is especially excited to be a part of the Bold Team and support school-wide functions through operational excellence. Mr. Khadoo earned a Bachelor of Science from New York University.
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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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Yackira Rodolis

Student Achievement Coach
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Yackira Rodolis

Student Achievement Coach

Yackira Rodolis is a Student Achievement Coach 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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