Administration and Office Staff
Ms. Seifullah- Principal
Mrs. Grate- Assistant Principal
Mr. Heyward- Social Worker
Mr. Vasquez- Community Associate
Ms. Henderson- Parent Coordinator
Ms. Flores- Secretary
Ms. Williams- School Aide
Mrs. Braswell- 6th Grade
Ms. Bruce – 8th Grade
Mr. Johnson- 6th Grade
Ms. Kim- 7th Grade
Mr. Moncada- 6th Grade
Mr. Villar- 6th/7th/8th Grade
Ms. Scott- 7th Grade
Ms. White- 8th Grade
Ms. Allia- 8th Grade
Ms. Avery- 6th Grade
Mrs. Castellar- 7th Grade
Ms. Gordon 6th/ 7th/ 8th
Mr. Huttner- 7th Grade
Mrs. Johnson-Byfield- 8th Grade
Mr. Peterson- 6th Grade
Ms. Samuels- 6th Grade
Physical Education & Health
Ms. Quarto – Italian
Ms. Bazemore – Music
Ms. Nash – Art
Ms. Rodriguez- Paraprofessional
Mr. Feliz- Paraprofessional
Ms. Medina- Paraprofessional
Mr. W. Ruiz
(In Alphabetical Order)
|Allia, Michelle||Michelle Allia
Email: MAllia@highlandparkschool.orgMs. Allia will be teaching Eighth Grade Humanities at HPCS. Although this is her first year at HPCS, this will be her fourth year teaching middle school. Ms. Allia has a duel degree in Social Studies Education and English. She looks forward to using her background to help her students explore and learn English Language Arts through the history that surrounds us. She loves to read, play sports – especially golf and lacrosse, and visit new places. Ms. Allia is eager to spend this school year learning and growing alongside her students!
|Anderson, Katie||Katie Anderson
Email: KAnderson@highlandparkschool.orgKatie Anderson is a NYS certified Social Studies and Students with Disabilities teacher. She has earned a B.A in History from University of North Texas, M.S in Adolescent Education and M.S in School Building Supervision from Mercy College. Ms. Anderson is an inclusion classroom teacher at Highland Park Community School. In this role Ms. Anderson coordinates with various service providers to create Individual Education Programs. She collaborates with Humanities and Scimatics teachers to differentiate common core materials and assessments. Throughout her 9 years as an educator she has taught a range of classes including AP Geography, Global Regents, US History Regents, Life Skills, middle school Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. She is a dedicated educator who empowers her students and inspires them to become life long learners.
|Ke’Sha Bazemore||Bazemore, Ke’Sha
English as New Language (ENL)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMs. Belal is the ENL teacher at HPCS. This is her second year at the school and second year of teaching! Ms. Belal received her undergraduate education at CUNY Queens College with a Bachelors degree in Education and her graduate education at CUNY Hunter College with a Masters degree in TESOL also known as Teaching English to Speakers of Another Language. Ms. Belal grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in Queens. She is from Bangladesh but raised in New York City and has been here for 25 years! She is bilingual in Bengali. Ms. Belal loves teaching and enjoys teaching ENL because she is a former ELL and an immigrant who struggled to learn English as a child. She understands the challenges immigrant children face and therefore is passionate about helping them overcome this obstacle and succeed in life. She wants her students to be the best they can be without any limitations. She truly believes in each and every one of her students.
|Bruce, Aneka||Bruce, Aneka
Email: LBraswell@highlandparkschool.orgLatoya Braswell is a charismatic secondary leader, provocative thinker, educator, community orgainzer, grant writer and entrepreneur. She has a passion to see people empowered and awakened to their ordained destiny. She has founded the Scimatics program 3 years ago. An intentional way to infuse science and math through a project based learning approach. Currently she is the STEM/ Mentoring Coordinator. She loves to support teachers as well as impact the lives of young people as she has been teaching for 11 years in the Department of Education and 3 years in the private sector. She holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry. A master’s in public administration, A master’s of Education and 18 credits in School Building Leadership.
She is the chief executive officer of The Bubble Room of Brooklyn. A sensory room and play space for children particularly with special needs. A young woman of immense humility, Mrs Braswell’s message is simply “If it had not been for the Lord on my side… I don’t know where I would be.” Mrs. Braswell’s life is enriched by her husband Corey and children Amiee, Ashton and Mishca.
Email: DCastellar@highlandparkschool.orgMrs. Castellar started teaching in 2001 and is honored to be a founding teacher at Highland Park Community School. Desiree Morgan-Castellar grew up in Queens and went to city schools until her college years. Since Middle School, she was an A student in Social Studies and even tutored other students in her class. Throughout her time as a student, she ran for student government several times. She was President of Student Government in Junior High School, on the student council in High School, and the President of Student Association at Queens College. Although her first dream was to become a famous singer, these leadership experiences led her into a career of education. As a teacher she could use her leadership skills in the classroom. Mrs Castellar’ s most important responsibility is raising her own two children into becoming leaders of the future. She equally pushes her own students into becoming model citizens who will change the world for the better. For this reason she always tells her students, “When you become famous, remember to mention my name on TV!”
Health and Physical Education
Email: AConte@highlandparkschool.orgMr. Conte is happy to be returning to Highland Park Community School for his third year as our health and physical education instructor. He grew up playing hockey and is a passionate New York Rangers fan. He also enjoyed playing baseball during his youth and is a Yankees fan at heart. Adam graduated at the top of his class when he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Long Island University. He is currently enrolled at Hofstra University where he is in the process of obtaining his Master’s Degree in Special Education, which he’s pursuing because of his desire to work with students who have special needs. This was elicited through his experience in adaptive physical education where he worked with individuals who have Downs Syndrome at the Special Olympics and through his loving relationship with his sister-in-law who has special needs.
|Grate, Mackenzie, Assistant Principal
Email: MGrate@highlandparkschool.orgMrs. Grate was born in Indiana and raised in northern California. She loves to read, bike, do yoga and snuggle her two pugs, Toby and Kiwi. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from New York University in English Education and TESOL and she holds an additional Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The College of Saint Rose. Mrs. Grate loves to travel and plans to one day retire in Italy.
Email: AGordon@highlandparkschool.orgAlexandra Gordon was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. At an early age, Alexandra loved music, art, theater, and dance and was an avid reader. Alexandra learned how to play 5 different instruments in school and has maintained her love of the arts to this day. Alexandra graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Anthropology. After college, Alexandra traveled around the world and volunteered as a teacher. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2011, Alexandra has been actively working with children and teenagers as a performing artist, private tutor, and nanny. Alexandra recently graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University’s graduate program in special education after completing the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Alexandra is a passionate, dedicated, and creative teacher who celebrates the strength of the individual as an integral member of a group and community. Alexandra can be found easily by her brightly colored hair, singing showtunes or reciting Shakespeare regularly. She is often discovered roaming the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is so excited to embark on her journey at HPCS and give her students an unforgettable learning experience.
|Heyward, Kyle||Heyward, Kyle, Social Worker
|Hajra, Shormin||Hajra, Shormin
Email: DHuttner@highlandparkschool.orgDaniel Huttner teaches Humanities and Social Studies. He joins the team at Highland Park Community School having taught ELA in middle school and high school in the Bronx and Queens. He also has a great interest and knowledge base in history. He enjoys playing chess very much and brought this tradition to his last school. Over the summer, Daniel got married and spent his honeymoon in Costa Rica, where he and his wife rescued a kitten from the jungle. They live in Queens with their two dogs, “jungle” cat, and nearly 40 pet lizards.
Health and Physical Education
Email: SJohnsonbyfield@highlandparkschool.orgI am Ms. Johnson-Byfield and I will be teaching 8th grade Humanities this year. I have a BA in English and Sociology and I am currently working on a MS in Education. I am a member of the NYC Teaching Collaborative and have trained extensively in both a high school classroom and a middle school classroom. This will be my first year at HPCS and also my first year as a teacher. I am an avid reader and I love trying new things! I am extremely excited to begin this journey and look forward to learning and growing as much as my students.
|Kim, Jenny||Kim, Jenny
|Moncada, Mike||Moncada, Mike
Email: LNash@highlandparkschool.orgDigital sculptor/photographer
|Pruitt, Torry||Pruitt, Torry
|Quarto, Caterina||Quarto, Caterina
|Sakhi, Nohman||Sakhi, Nohman
|Seifullah, Jamilah, Principal