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Pamela Mudzingwa

Principal

I preface this introduction with the confession that I loathe personal bios, because they require the writer to pick and choose elements of their story that fit an all too narrow context. The best way to know me well is through speaking with me - my door and email inbox are always open!

I started my career in education fifteen years ago as a middle school science teacher, where I learned that hard work, dedication and excellence in my craft is the only standard by which educators can do service to kids. Of course, I soon also learned that this is not enough. Prior to this, I had worked on Wall Street. My childhood dream had been to be one of those people who wore sneakers on the subway and switched into heels once at work. However once that dream was realized, the lack of personal fulfillment led to becoming an educator.

As I grew as a teacher I made the switch to administration at John Dewey High School as Assistant Principal for the Science Department and led the Premed Health Academy in 2014. During this tenure I learned that relationships are the foundation upon which hard work can endure. By building relationships with students and colleagues, listening and reflecting on feedback I received from both, I understood that to allow a school to thrive one must allow people to leverage their strengths, and seek ways to unlock their enthusiasm for what they love.

When I became Principal of Gramercy Arts High School in 2019, it was with a mind to empower everyone around me to unlock their enthusiasm. In my three years here, I am proud to share with you my enthusiasm for our kids and our school community. When our students have their moment of sitting down to write their future personal bios, I hope it is filled with enthusiasm for doing what they love, and that self-discovery happens right here at Gramercy Arts High School. I look forward to continuing to be part of our school community as we use “Art as a Pathway for Thinking and Healing”.

Brian Faughnan

Assistant Principal

Becoming a father has certainly made me a better educator, I became an educator after working for nonprofits developing programming for children with special needs. To all the Parents & Guardians I'm very much looking forward to getting to know the exceptional young people that you have raised and providing a richer way of opportunities for them to learn, actualize and potentially explore how they want to make a difference in the world. We here at Gramercy Arts believe in using Art as a Pathway for thinking which ultimately transcends into healing and activism in our community, We harness creative thought and meld it with a highly specialized college-focused academic program. This is an incredible journey that you're about to embark will help to shape the leaders, thinkers, workers, activists, writers, artists, actors, and difference-makers who are destined to be the entire GAHS community is here to support you, sustain, and encourage you as you commit to studying with us for the next 4 years.                                                                                  

Emily Smith

Assistant Principal

I am thrilled to be joining the team here at Gramercy Arts High School! I started my career in education as an ESL teacher in Brooklyn, and have been fortunate enough to work in administrative positions here in New York and in Minnesota before coming to Gramercy. The arts were so important to my own experience going through school. I was often the "new kid", and joining theater and music programs helped me find a community, in addition to helping me develop confidence and a voice of my own. There is so much talent and passion in both our students and our staff here at Gramercy Arts, and it is truly a privilege to work at a school that values the creativity and individuality of each member of our school community.

My favorite part of working in and for schools is getting to know the students and the families that we serve - I look forward to getting to know all of you!
                                                                         

Staff

Shreya Shah

Teacher

Crystal Edwards

Counselor

Michael O’neill

Teacher

Ludmilla Louisdhon

Teacher

Nathalie Shepherd

Teacher

Doris Park

Counselor

Lindsey McCasland

Teacher

Eli Mashkow

Teacher

Jaimee Samson

Speech Therapist

Edwin Matute

Teacher

Dr. Robert Pasternack

Teacher

Veronica Bruno

Parent Coordinator

Ryan Looram

Teacher

Danielle Montanino

Teacher

Austin Bowen

Teacher

Charles Stewart

Teacher

Stephanie Luizzi

Special Education Coordinator

Margaret Espinosa

Paraprofessional

Miriam Misak

Paraprofessional

Douglas Zhu

Teacher

Natalie Granado

Teacher

Stephanie Giraldo

Secretary

Myung Sik (Bobby) Kim

Teacher

Austin Bowen

Teacher

Tim Laureano

School Aide

Dena Habib

Teacher

Kimberly Powell

Teacher

Steph Durwin

Teacher

Jacqueline del Nido

Teacher

Michelle Persaud

Teacher

Jill Brody

Teacher

Hamzah Saleh

Teacher

Shanitha Jones

Secretary

Nicole Evanisko

Teacher

Sofia Ferrara

Teacher

Katherine Fernandez

Teacher

Jonathan Lilla

School Culture & Climate Liaison

Zhi Yao

Teacher

Marina Berzins

Teacher