Mr. Long - Founder and Executive Director
Lester Long graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, where he majored in Economics, while also concentrating in Government. Immediately thereafter, he started his career in investment banking, rising from an entry level analyst to Vice President within six years, and working for firms such as Societe Generale and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Long specialized in executing corporate debt, collateralized lending, and asset-backed transactions worldwide, including doing business in Europe, Thailand, and Japan. With a desire to share his success, he began a second career teaching elementary school in the South Bronx through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, which places accomplished professionals from other fields in the City's most under-performing schools. During his four years in the New York City public school system, Mr. Long taught literacy, mathematics, music, and physical education to general and special education students of all grades. While teaching during the day, he earned a Master's in Elementary Education from Hunter College at night.
Ms. Konda - Director of Business and Operations
Leena Konda is a founding staff member, joining prior to the school's opening. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a major of Economics, Ms. Konda was a founding member of the MATCH Corps at MATCH Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she spent a year tutoring and providing academic support to high school students. MATCH is one of the nation's most successful high schools. Before joining South Bronx Classical as Operations Manager, Ms. Konda attended NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Ms. Jackson - Dean of Students
Ms. Driscoll - School Psychologist
Ms. Comrie - Special Education Coordinator
Ms. Davis - Instructional Coach
Ms. Thakkar - Business Manager
Ms. Geary - Special Projects Manager
Mr. Gonzalez - Operations Assistant
Ms. Sanchez - Operations Assistant