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Jeannie Ferrari
Principal

jeannie@humanitiesprep.org
Jeannie Ferrari taught Language at Humanities Preparatory Academy for 10 years before transitioning to Principal in 2012. She has her BA from University of Michigan and her M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College. Principal Ferrari has worked hard to create a warm, caring and inclusive culture where all students are known and cherished. She believes that students learn best through authentic inquiry and discovery.

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ROBERT MICHELIN
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

robert@humanitiesprep.org
This is Robert's third year as an assistant principal and second year at Prep.  Prior to joining the Humanities Prep team, he worked as an instructional coach supporting NY Performance Assessment Consortium schools and taught mathematics.  After Williams College, he earned Masters Degrees in music, math education and educational leadership from U of London: SOAS, Brooklyn College and New England College respectively.  He is a self-proclaimed 'Brooklyn boy' who enjoys working in a place where he helps students, as diverse as the city we live in, gain access and exposure to the relatively unknown world around them.

Alisa Dutkiewicz, Social Studies alisa@humanitiesprep.org Alisa is entering her second year at Humanities Prep and her 21st year as an educator. A native New Yorker, she holds degrees from St. John's University and Brooklyn College.  She enjoys working at Prep because she is fueled by the energy and ambition of its students.  She hopes to inspire them to be active members of their communities and nation.  Alisa also loves exploring the unknown through travel and dining.

Alisa Dutkiewicz,
Social Studies

alisa@humanitiesprep.org

Alisa is entering her second year at Humanities Prep and her 21st year as an educator. A native New Yorker, she holds degrees from St. John's University and Brooklyn College.  She enjoys working at Prep because she is fueled by the energy and ambition of its students.  She hopes to inspire them to be active members of their communities and nation.  Alisa also loves exploring the unknown through travel and dining.

Barry Komitor, Music barry@humanitiesprep.org Barry Komitor is the Music Artist in Residence at Humanities Prep trough the non-profit Art for Progress. Mr. Komitor studied art at Middlebury College in Vermont, and classical and jazz bass, voice and jazz guitar with trumpeter and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. Komitor is a rock and blues vocalist and plays guitar, bass, drums, and piano. He is dedicated to helping students find and learn to make the music that they love. His specialty is teaching the inner workings of music so that students gain cumulative knowledge.

Barry Komitor,
Music

barry@humanitiesprep.org

Barry Komitor is the Music Artist in Residence at Humanities Prep trough the non-profit Art for Progress. Mr. Komitor studied art at Middlebury College in Vermont, and classical and jazz bass, voice and jazz guitar with trumpeter and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. Komitor is a rock and blues vocalist and plays guitar, bass, drums, and piano. He is dedicated to helping students find and learn to make the music that they love. His specialty is teaching the inner workings of music so that students gain cumulative knowledge.

Boris Torres, Art boris@humanitiesprep.org Boris Torres has been teaching Art at Humanities Prep since 2012. He has a Masters Degree in Art Education from City College of New York and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College.  Boris is an artist who exhibits his work nationally and internationally. He is originally from Ecuador.

Boris Torres,
Art

boris@humanitiesprep.org

Boris Torres has been teaching Art at Humanities Prep since 2012. He has a Masters Degree in Art Education from City College of New York and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College.  Boris is an artist who exhibits his work nationally and internationally. He is originally from Ecuador.

 
Chin-a Panaccione Social Studies chin-a@humanitiesprep.org Chin-a has been teaching at Prep for almost a decade.  Before joining the team, she studied at the University of Delaware and the City University of New York.  Chin-a is a Jane of many trades and worked as a music industry executive for a number of years.  She even has a few gold records hanging in her home.

Chin-a Panaccione
Social Studies
chin-a@humanitiesprep.org

Chin-a has been teaching at Prep for almost a decade.  Before joining the team, she studied at the University of Delaware and the City University of New York.  Chin-a is a Jane of many trades and worked as a music industry executive for a number of years.  She even has a few gold records hanging in her home.

Christina Kemp English christinak@humanitiesprep.org Christina Kemp is one of the founders of Prep and teaches humanities--a blend of history and literature. In her classes, students become analytical thinkers and creative writers as historical and fictitious characters come to life through art, film, psychology and discussion.

Christina Kemp
English
christinak@humanitiesprep.org

Christina Kemp is one of the founders of Prep and teaches humanities--a blend of history and literature. In her classes, students become analytical thinkers and creative writers as historical and fictitious characters come to life through art, film, psychology and discussion.

Courtney Ginsberg Mathematics courtney@humanitiesprep.org Courtney is in her 10th year of teaching Mathematics. She graduated from NYU with her Masters in Math Education. Courtney is a Model Teacher and Math for America Master Teacher Fellow.

Courtney Ginsberg
Mathematics
courtney@humanitiesprep.org

Courtney is in her 10th year of teaching Mathematics. She graduated from NYU with her Masters in Math Education. Courtney is a Model Teacher and Math for America Master Teacher Fellow.

 
Dorian Herron English dorian@humanitiesprep.org Dorian has been an educator for 20+ years and is in his sixth year at Prep. He firmly believes in the integration of arts and academics in an effort to foster deeper understanding and allow for multiple ways of thinking critically. He is an amateur musician and scholar-athlete. Dorian loves the phrase "basketball is life" because so much from playing and practicing the game can be applied to life for success.

Dorian Herron
English
dorian@humanitiesprep.org

Dorian has been an educator for 20+ years and is in his sixth year at Prep. He firmly believes in the integration of arts and academics in an effort to foster deeper understanding and allow for multiple ways of thinking critically. He is an amateur musician and scholar-athlete. Dorian loves the phrase "basketball is life" because so much from playing and practicing the game can be applied to life for success.

Francisco Viera Pereira Physical Education francisco@humanitiesprep.org Francisco is in his first year teaching at Humanities. He graduated from LIU Post with B.S. in Physical Education. Currently he's attending Graduate School to earn his M.S. in Health Education. Francisco has a wide experience in a multitude of sports. He was a member of several sport teams in High School and proceeded to wrestle at the collegiate level.

Francisco Viera Pereira
Physical Education
francisco@humanitiesprep.org

Francisco is in his first year teaching at Humanities. He graduated from LIU Post with B.S. in Physical Education. Currently he's attending Graduate School to earn his M.S. in Health Education. Francisco has a wide experience in a multitude of sports. He was a member of several sport teams in High School and proceeded to wrestle at the collegiate level.

Gabriella Weisberg Mathematics gabriella@humanitiesprep.org

Gabriella Weisberg
Mathematics
gabriella@humanitiesprep.org

 
Gijon Polite Biology gijon@humanitiesprep.org Gijon is in his 10th year of teaching Biology. He hails from Newton, MA where he graduated from University of Massachusetts with his Masters in Science Education. Gijon is a Math for America Master Teacher Fellow. He loves Prep because it offers him the opportunity to change lives every day.  When not in our labs or hallways, Gijon enjoys time with his family, traveling the world, bizarre and unusual animals and a great bike ride.

Gijon Polite
Biology
gijon@humanitiesprep.org

Gijon is in his 10th year of teaching Biology. He hails from Newton, MA where he graduated from University of Massachusetts with his Masters in Science Education. Gijon is a Math for America Master Teacher Fellow. He loves Prep because it offers him the opportunity to change lives every day.  When not in our labs or hallways, Gijon enjoys time with his family, traveling the world, bizarre and unusual animals and a great bike ride.

Hilda Oquendo Parent Coordinator hilda@humanitiesprep.org

Hilda Oquendo
Parent Coordinator
hilda@humanitiesprep.org

Jamali Moses Restorative Justice Coordinator jamali@humanitiesprep.org Jamali has worked in schools for almost fifteen years and is a proud Brooklynite. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from NYU and looks forward to her third year as Prep's Restorative Justice Coordinator.  

Jamali Moses
Restorative Justice Coordinator
jamali@humanitiesprep.org

Jamali has worked in schools for almost fifteen years and is a proud Brooklynite. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from NYU and looks forward to her third year as Prep's Restorative Justice Coordinator.  

 
Jenny Navasky Social Worker jenny@humanitiesprep.org Jenny Navasky has been at Humanities Prep for 8 1/2 years and has been a social worker or a social work administrator for 20 years in schools, clinics, community health, and non-profit community based organizations.  She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work with a Masters in Social Work and also has her license in social work. 

Jenny Navasky
Social Worker
jenny@humanitiesprep.org

Jenny Navasky has been at Humanities Prep for 8 1/2 years and has been a social worker or a social work administrator for 20 years in schools, clinics, community health, and non-profit community based organizations.  She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work with a Masters in Social Work and also has her license in social work. 

Leslie Martinez Special Education leslie@humanitiesprep.org Leslie is in her third year of teaching. She graduated from Hunter College and Bank Street College of Education. Leslie comes with more than 10 years of experience in the museum field where she created programs for youth and families. Leslie is an inclusion educator co-teaching in multiple subjects. She runs Bookworms, the humanities book club that meets after school.

Leslie Martinez
Special Education
leslie@humanitiesprep.org

Leslie is in her third year of teaching. She graduated from Hunter College and Bank Street College of Education. Leslie comes with more than 10 years of experience in the museum field where she created programs for youth and families. Leslie is an inclusion educator co-teaching in multiple subjects. She runs Bookworms, the humanities book club that meets after school.

Marwa El-Turky Foreign Language marwa@humanitiesprep.org Marwa is entering her 3rd year teaching. She is finishing her Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. She teaches French and Arabic, and is also starting a meditation program

Marwa El-Turky
Foreign Language
marwa@humanitiesprep.org

Marwa is entering her 3rd year teaching. She is finishing her Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. She teaches French and Arabic, and is also starting a meditation program

 
Maureen Michael Special Education maureen@humanitiesprep.org Maureen is in her 7th year of teaching.  She has several Professional teaching  certifications; Social Studies, Special Education and Teaching Students English of other Languages.  Prior to teaching, Maureen was a Executive at AMC Television.

Maureen Michael
Special Education
maureen@humanitiesprep.org

Maureen is in her 7th year of teaching.  She has several Professional teaching  certifications; Social Studies, Special Education and Teaching Students English of other Languages.  Prior to teaching, Maureen was a Executive at AMC Television.

Michael Hill Paraprofessional michael@humanitiesprep.org Michael Hill is a 10 year veteran of Prep. His primary responsibility as an Educational Paraprofessional is to help individual students to whom he is assigned successfully navigate their high school years. Michael is also a musician who has released 7 albums of original music while extensively touring the U.S. and 30 other countries. His work in both music and education have taught Michael that relationships are essential to the success of any endeavor, and he loves working with his deeply committed colleagues in the uniquely caring, creative, nurturing and compassionate environment of Humanities Prep.

Michael Hill
Paraprofessional
michael@humanitiesprep.org

Michael Hill is a 10 year veteran of Prep. His primary responsibility as an Educational Paraprofessional is to help individual students to whom he is assigned successfully navigate their high school years. Michael is also a musician who has released 7 albums of original music while extensively touring the U.S. and 30 other countries. His work in both music and education have taught Michael that relationships are essential to the success of any endeavor, and he loves working with his deeply committed colleagues in the uniquely caring, creative, nurturing and compassionate environment of Humanities Prep.

Pavel Paulino de Soto School Aide pavel@humanitiesprep.org

Pavel Paulino de Soto
School Aide
pavel@humanitiesprep.org

 
Rajni Tibrewala Chemistry rajni@humanitiesprep.org

Rajni Tibrewala
Chemistry
rajni@humanitiesprep.org

Rebecca Bojmal Attendance Secretary rebecca@humanitiesprep.org

Rebecca Bojmal
Attendance Secretary
rebecca@humanitiesprep.org

Starlight Rainbow Social Studies starlight@humanitiesprep.org Starlight developed her passion for inquiry and discovery growing up in rural Portland, Oregon.  After completing her BA at Louis and Clark, she earned her Masters Degree in Education from Columbia's Teachers College.  Starlight enjoys working at Prep because she gets to learn new things from young minds each day.  She enjoys traveling and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to do so.     

Starlight Rainbow
Social Studies
starlight@humanitiesprep.org

Starlight developed her passion for inquiry and discovery growing up in rural Portland, Oregon.  After completing her BA at Louis and Clark, she earned her Masters Degree in Education from Columbia's Teachers College.  Starlight enjoys working at Prep because she gets to learn new things from young minds each day.  She enjoys traveling and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to do so.   

 

 
Sushma Vishnubhotla Mathematics sushma@humanitiesprep.org Sushma comes from Potomac, Maryland, moving to New York City four years ago to become a teacher. She loves to work with young adults, and be a part in influencing their academic, social, and emotional growth as they progress through high school. She loves to explore the city, do lots of yoga, travel, and hang out with her friends. Her teaching philosophy is centered around building a positive space where students are challenged to critically think about the world around them through the lens of mathematics. She believes in the power of community, that we are stronger together than as individuals. Her classroom is a space to push students to help one another and have a shared purpose. 

Sushma Vishnubhotla
Mathematics
sushma@humanitiesprep.org

Sushma comes from Potomac, Maryland, moving to New York City four years ago to become a teacher. She loves to work with young adults, and be a part in influencing their academic, social, and emotional growth as they progress through high school. She loves to explore the city, do lots of yoga, travel, and hang out with her friends. Her teaching philosophy is centered around building a positive space where students are challenged to critically think about the world around them through the lens of mathematics. She believes in the power of community, that we are stronger together than as individuals. Her classroom is a space to push students to help one another and have a shared purpose. 

 Tim Tschurjumov Physics tim@humanitiesprep.org Tim has been teaching physics for four years. He attended Binghamton University and Relay Graduate School of Education. He loves coming to Prep everyday because each day offers him a completely new and unique experience.  He enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading fiction. He lives in NJ with his wife Sara and cat Stewart. 

 Tim Tschurjumov
Physics
tim@humanitiesprep.org

Tim has been teaching physics for four years. He attended Binghamton University and Relay Graduate School of Education. He loves coming to Prep everyday because each day offers him a completely new and unique experience.  He enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading fiction. He lives in NJ with his wife Sara and cat Stewart. 

Danielle Eagan Social Work Intern danielle@humanitiesprep.org Danielle is a Social Work intern this school year at Humanities Prep. She is currently a graduate student at Hunter College, and received her Bachelors in Social Work from NYU in 2014. 

Danielle Eagan
Social Work Intern
danielle@humanitiesprep.org

Danielle is a Social Work intern this school year at Humanities Prep. She is currently a graduate student at Hunter College, and received her Bachelors in Social Work from NYU in 2014.