Alison Angrisani, Principal
Alison has worked in education for fifteen years. She began her career as a Spanish teacher in at Millennium High School in Manhattan and went on to become an assistant principal at the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders in Brooklyn. As the AP, Alison led her staff in a the school’s turnaround and become a model of success through rigorous instruction, clear systems and structures, teacher collaboration, and a culture of high expectations. Alison served as the principal at a 6-12 school in New Jersey, and more recently a Director of School Renewal for high schools in Districts 9, 10 and 25. Alison earned her bachelor’s at Fordham University and her masters at NYU. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
Jonathan Tang graduated from New York University with a BS in Secondary Math Education. Jonathan holds NYS mathematics 7-12 certification with 5-6 extension. He has student taught in New York City Schools and taught 6-8th grades in Armonk School District in Westchester county. Jonathan has experience working with new immigrant students and English language learners. As an egergetic young teacher, Jonathan hopes to provide a fun, safe, positive, and creative learning environment for all students. He is also excited to work with administrators, other teachers, guidance counselors, and parents to build our new school community.
Adelaida Rojas completed her undergraduate studies at College of New Rochelle with a BA in Psychology. She hold a Master’s degree in Social Work as well. Adelaida have been working for the Department of Education for 13 years in which 9 of such years; She worked as the Family Assistant for the School Assessment Team at one of the community school in the Bronx. Then, 4 years, as a Bilingual School Social Worker at the same location. Both positions have given her the opportunity to work hand in hand with students, parents, school personnel and others which she love doing. I have been able to emotionally, socially and professionally support them. As a resident of the Bronx, it is important to me to give back to a community that has giving me a lot. Therefore, I am very thrilled to be part of the South Bronx International Middle School’s family. As a previous ENL student myself, I would love to provide the SBIMS’s students with the support and resources they may need in order to succeed. I believe that the emotional and social functioning of SBIMS’s students must be addressed in order for them to have a successful and effective educational experience. In addition, I will work in collaboration with administrators and school personnel for SBIMS to be an environment in which students and parents feel welcomed, belonged, empowered and safe.
Patricia Stellato holds a BA in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and Spanish from Hofstra University, as well as a Masters degree in TESOL from Queens College. Patricia has been an ENL teacher in the South Bronx for 5 ½ years. She has taught English as a New Language through the ELA and Social Studies content areas to all English proficiency levels, especially newcomers. She is very excited to build a new school culture and community at South Bronx International Middle School. As a resident of Queens and a teacher in the NYC school system, it is very important to her that there is equity in education, and that all students are provided with the support they need in order to be successful.
Karina Hichez is a Dominican born, first generation college graduate. She received her Bachelor of Science of Psychology from the University of New Paltz. She later obtained her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Hunter College; she also received a Masters of Education in Special Education from City College. Karina has been teaching for four years for a high needs population of English Language Learners in the Bronx. Karina is a formal English Language Learner who believes that all children deserve to receive a rigorous academic and socio-emotional education that can prepare them for the future.
Catherine Eugenio, Community School Director: I was born and raised in Queens to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. I attended Bard College and studied Political Science and Human Rights. I worked for the Bard Masters in Teaching (MAT) after college located within the International Community High School. After 2 years at the Bard MAT, I co-founded a charter middle school in the Bronx. I then served as Parent Coordinator at another middle school in Washington Heights. I am committed to serving the community and have a passion for helping others. I love reading and listening to music specifically, Beyoncé.
Evie Copeland is exceptionally excited to be a founding teacher at South Bronx International Middle School! She earned her BA in International Relations and Spanish at Tufts University and her MS in TESOL at Long Island University. This is her 6th year teaching in the South Bronx as an ENL teacher. Before that, she taught English in Athens, Greece. Evie loves working in the South Bronx and is deeply committed to ensuring that immigrant youth receive a quality education that prepares them to achieve their dreams.