Our Fellows

Meet our passionate and experienced educators dedicated to founding the next wave of high-quality charter schools for New York City students.

 

Nicia Fullwood - Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA)

Nicia Fullwood is a Texas native who has lived in Brooklyn for 12 years. After earning a BS in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, she was selected to join Cohort 8 of the New York City Teaching Fellows as a mathematics teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York. Her commitment to improving educational outcomes for her students led her to Harvard to pursue an Ed.M. in educational policy and management. After graduation, she returned to New York City, where she was the founding program director for the Children’s Aid Society Carerra Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (UAI). Nicia also served as Assistant Principal at two UA schools—UAI and the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice..

 

Priscilla Walton - Elm community charter school

Priscilla has been an educator for the past 10 years, working in district schools, independent charter schools, and high-performing charter management organizations. Priscilla already has a track record as a successful instructional leader from her time as assistant principal in both independent and network charter schools. She has taught in general education and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) instruction settings. Her experience as a teacher and leader spans from kindergarten through sixth grade. Priscilla holds an M.Ed. in building leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in education from Goucher College.

 

dominique Nute - Stradford preparatory Charter school for boys

After graduating with a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, Dominique became a Teach for America corps member in NYC. At her placement school, she taught sixth and eighth English and served as a grade team leader, then joined KIPP’s Rise Academy to teach eighth grade literature. In 2011, Dominique became a founding math teacher at Baychester Middle School, where she also served as a teacher leader and teacher mentor. In 2016, Dominique was accepted into the Summer Principals Academy at Columbia University to pursue an M.Ed. in school leadership. Dominique currently serves as an instructional coach/peer collaborative teacher at One World Middle School, where she focuses on implementing best practices through coaching and professional development.

 

GREG RODRIGUEZ - Academy for Collegiate Excellence

Gregory Rodriguez is a committed educator who has worked in Bronx schools for over 12 years as both a teacher of students with special needs and an assistant principal. Most recently, Greg served as the founding assistant principal of Westchester Square Academy in the Bronx, where he worked to guide and support staff in the creation of a rigorous skills-based curriculum that emphasized frequent opportunities for students to read, write, and speak about course content. His academic vision combines this curricular approach with a school culture that is nurturing and provides opportunities for reflection and growth. Greg is excited at the prospect of collaborating with teachers to found a new high school that provides students with proactive academic and social-emotional supports.  He holds an M.S. in school building leadership and an M.S in teaching adults and students with disabilities from Mercy College, and a B.S. in administrative studies from St. John’s University.

 

Jill Glassbrook - Envision Prep Charter School

Jill Glassbrook has served as a school administrator for over eight years. Jill graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in English and gender studies and received her M.Ed. from Seton Hall University. She began her career as a preschool teacher. After joining AmeriCorps to launch a wrap-around and mentoring program for incarcerated teenagers, Jill joined Teach for America, where she taught in Newark, NJ, as a self-contained behavior disorders teacher. In this role, Jill fell in love with special education services, and committed to working to ensure kids and families receive the services they need. Later, Jill became the founding director of special services and then dean of students at Achievement First Bushwick MS. Jill then joined PAVE Academy Charter School as the founding middle school principal and then became the founding chief curriculum officer of the PAVE Schools charter management organization.

Desiree Hunter - Envision Prep Charter School

Desiree Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and has been a trailblazer in education since beginning her work with Teach for America in Chicago twelve years ago. As a Native New Yorker, after completing her two year commitment with TFA, Desiree made the decision to return to NYC where she pursued her Masters in Social Work with a focus on community development and empowerment. After graduating from Columbia University, Desiree had the opportunity to serve as social worker, dean and principal in resident with Achievement First Bushwick Middle School for four years. Pursuing her dream to be a principal, Desiree was chosen as a fellow for the prestigious Ryan Fellowship program. The program afforded her the opportunity to serve as a principal at the National Blue Ribbon School, Bronx Charter School for Excellence. During this time, Desiree also earned her Master's in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Rose. In her most recent role as a Founding Interim Principal at Brooklyn Lab Charter School she has seen unprecedented success, with the use of a targeted educational program with a focus on personalized learning, coupled with socio-emotional support services to ensure that the holistic needs of scholars are being met. 

 

Cathy Kakleas - The Hellenic Classical Charter School

Cathy Kakleas has worked at The Hellenic Classical Charter School since its inception in 2005. She began at the school as a first grade teacher, eventually moving into the role of literacy coach for kindergarten through eighth grade. During her four years in this role, Cathy organized and facilitated study tours on Socratic Seminars for other public schools and for educators in the Schools That Can network. She also organized a Foundational Skills institute hosted by Hellenic in partnership with the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In her current role as dean of academics at Hellenic, she provides guidance and support to all instructors, supervises a team of teacher leaders, including a math coach, middle school ELA lead, and AIS teachers, and oversees the pre-K program.