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.
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.
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.
Mr. Scopino is our new Dean/ Physical Education teacher here at M.S. 593. As a dean Mr. Scopino is responsible for managing student behaviors, creating and implementing schoolwide policies, and implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). As a physical education teacher Mr. Scopino teaches students the skills they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and will be providing students with the opportunity to participate in CHAMPS. Prior to M.S. 593, Mr. Scopino has taught for three years in the South Bronx. Mr. Scopino has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education from SUNY Brockport.
Guadalupe Lopez was born to Mexican immigrant parents in Brooklyn and was raised in the Bronx. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her BA in Biology at Hunter College. Guadalupe is an avid reader and minored in History and English. She is a member of the Bronx Cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows and is looking forward to working with the founding members and students of the SBIMS. She hopes to build a strong relationship with the staff, students and their families as well as the community.