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Derek Premo

Derek Premo

Principal

As a school leader, my vision is to foster a community in which students realize, develop and use their voices to advocate for themselves and changes they want to see in the world.

212-505-0143 ext 3291

Yetta Garfield

Yetta Garfield

Assistant Principal /
Supervisor of Special Education

Everyday is an adventure working with teenagers. Their resilience, imagination, inquisitive nature and boundless energy give me hope for our future.

917-309-7201

David Torres

David Torres

Assistant Principal
Safety & Attendance

It is my privilege to serve young people and guide them to make informed decisions as they navigate through life.

212-505-0143 ext 3442

Perez, Tai

Taisha Perez

Parent Coordinator / Attendance

I am the Parent Coordinator of the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. For the past 18 years I have worked in schools with students and their families. I started at LoMA as a School Aide 13 years ago and have since worked up the ladder taking on many different tasks, which have landed me to the position I hold today. I enjoy working with students and their families. Each year I look forward to helping build a great school community.

973-602-7762

Millie Roque-Escboar

Millie Roque-Escobar

Paraprofessional

What inspired me to work with high school students was how much love they need and being able to help them with anything they need be it school work or just wanting to talk to me.

Joanann Chovnick

Joanann Chovnick

Librarian

Li Li Wu

Occupational Therapist
Christopher Ahearn

Christopher Ahearn

English Teacher

Christopher Ahearn is a ninth and twelfth grade English teacher at LoMA. In addition to reading and writing, Mr. Ahearn loves to infuse his curriculum with the arts projects, and his classroom has hosted a number of artists and arts organizations over the years. He has been teaching for 13 years (seven of those here at LoMA), his favorite author is Haruki Murakami, he enjoys cycling while not in the classroom, and that photo is probably the only place you’ll see him smiling before June.

Christine Priore
Christine Priore
Speech & Language Pathologist

Hello all! I have been a part of the LoMA community as a speech-language therapist since 2014. I collaborate with teachers and work with students to develop literacy-based strategies to help them to become more successful in the classroom. I love reconnecting with my older students, meeting my new students each year! I’m looking forward to seeing all of the amazing experiences you all create throughout your high school years and beyond.

Valentina Loseva

Valentina Loseva

Art Teacher

Artists, I'm excited to meet you and make some art with you! The world needs us right now more than ever. I look forward to creating, inventing, learning from mistakes and growing together. My own medium of choice is painting, and recently I discovered that I like to bake.

Joselyn Martinez

Joselyn Martinez

ENL Teacher

I specialize in helping students learn and develop their English language acquisition through content and culture. “The paradox of education is precisely this; that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” - James Baldwin

Sorayah Ferrer

Sorayah Ferrer

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Hi, I'm LoMA's S.A.P.I.S Counselor. I have over 18 years of experience providing education, prevention and intervention services to youth. I'm dedicated and passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and realizing and achieving their dreams. "Why fit in, when you were born to STAND OUT!" Dr.Seuss

Tazwell Durant

Dean
Stephanie Nixon

Stephanie Nixon

Teacher - Student Development

Greetings everyone. I am looking forward to a year of auspicious academics, creative culture and righteous revelations. See you soon. Peace and many blessings.

Thandi Dowridge

Thandi Dowridge

Guidance/College Counselor

Be humble, respectful, courteous and kind. These characteristics define who a person is. Listening to someone and actually hearing what's being said can make a world of difference when an individual is in despair. As a school counselor, I enjoy interacting and listening to my students. It's rewarding when they come to their own conclusions about situations they think they don't have the answers to. To all students, always remember that you matter, you can do whatever you put your mind to and you're worth it!

212-505-0143 ext 3185

Andreas Lachnit

Andreas Lachnit

Math Teacher

I am a math teacher at LoMA. I have been in education for three decades and a high school teacher for the last 15 years. I hold an MA in Economics from Hunter College and a MS in Mathematics Education from Pace University. I worked as an economist in education and the private sector before teaching high school. Outside of school I spend time hiking, cooking, and bouldering. This is why I am here: “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!” - Dr. Seuss

Alexie Banaag

Alexie Banaag

Science Teacher

Ph.D. in Applied Zoology, University of Tsukuba, Japan; MS Biology, University of San Carlos, Philippines; BS Biology, Xavier University, Philippines. NYCDOE 2004-Present

Erik Weese

Erik Weese

Social Studies Teacher

Students! Welcome to an exciting year of learning at LoMA. I am born and raised on Long Island, I have always had Brooklyn and New York City in my heart. I love bicycles, surfing and making breakfast.

Rashmi Gupta

Rashmi Gupta

Special Education Science Teacher

I decided to teach the high school students as this is my favorite age group to teach. They understand me better and help me with current technology in the classroom.

Michelle Zalph

Michelle Zalph

School Secretary

Welcome students to LoMA’s caring school community! You'll most likely see me in the hallways or in my office because I do payroll work for teachers and staff and pupil accounting for all students. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you! This is a great time to advocate for yourself – so ask questions and ask for assistance when you need it, be curious and get excited about learning something new. Make these years your best ones!

Tavares, Jose

Jose Tavares

Guidance Counselor

I’m looking forward to making connections with my new students and their families. I’m also looking forward to working in an environment where teachers work collaboratively to achieve goals that improve the lives of all students. My goal is to make a positive contribution in preserving an inclusive school community dedicated to treating each other with dignity and respect to further facilitate a positive learning environment; and to make sure that no student feels under-represented in their school. 212-505-0143 ext 2371

Josh Stillman

Josh Stillman

Special Education English Teacher

Josh is excited to begin his fifth year as an English and Special Education teacher at LoMA. He takes pride in assigning challenging but engaging texts, and has nothing but the highest expectations for all of his students. Outside of the classroom, he is in charge of LoMA's weight room club. In his free time, Josh enjoys running, camping, and traveling the world.

Rosario-Baez, Rachell

Rachell Rosario Baez

Spanish Teacher

As a High School teacher you can make a lasting impact on a student’s life. No matter what subject you teach, you can inspire an adolescent by gifting them with socio-emotional support through their secondary learning journey and being a vivid example of kindness, dedication and hard work .

Miles Dijan

Miles Dijan

Science Teacher

As I once aspired to be a doctor, I learned through volunteer ventures at New York Cares, Rockefeller University, and Peer Health Exchange that there are other avenues I could take while still holding on to my fervor for science. After a service trip to Ecuador, my love for teaching was cemented. Being able to combine my two passions makes me excited each and every day to teach my students.

Otero, Robert

Robert Otero

Special Education English Teacher

My name is Mr.Otero and I am the 10th and 11th grade ELA teacher at LOMA. I have been teaching for 3 years with this being my first year as part of the LOMA family. I have a passion for the arts, activism, culture, and nature. I am a lively soul who is very excited to get to meet all of you. I know the circumstances at the present moment are not ideal but promise that we will work together as a team and conquer this school year.

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Gabrella Cascio

Drama Teacher

Working with high schoolers gives me the opportunity to share my craft with the next generation of artists. I strive to create a safe space in my classroom for their passion in the arts to bloom. Ms. Cascio

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Julie Roinos

Art Teacher

Each day I get to make cool stuff with cool kids, what's better?

Harry Miller

Harry Miller

Music Teacher

Greetings! I am really excited about the upcoming school year! I will be teaching the rotating Freshman Music sections, two sections of Music Appreciation, and two sections of Electronic Music. Before teaching I played an estimated 2500 performances all over the world as a pianist. If you want to learn more about music, I can help you accomplish that. We will learn about rhythm, melody, and harmony and create our own original compositions. If you have any questions or comments about the upcoming school year please don't hesitate to contact me!

William Ulrich

William Ulrich

Physical Education Teacher

Hey everyone ! My name is Mr. Ulrich, but everyone calls me Mr. U. I’m a physical education & health teacher. I also coach basketball, baseball, and other sports. I love teaching, and being able to influence students to practice an active and healthy lifestyle. I’m also a personal trainer so if you have any questions about fitness let me know I’d love to help! Looking forward to a terrific school year!

Noh, Yoobin

Yoobin Noh

Math Teacher

Yoobin teaches Geometry at LoMA. She grew up in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. when she was in high school. Her experiences in different educational and cultural contexts inspired Yoobin to become a teacher that celebrates the individuality of each student and the unique set of strengths that they bring into the classroom. After earning her teaching degree at New York University, Yoobin has worked to create math learning that helps students feel confident in math, think critically, and use mathematical practices to solve real-world problems in their communities.

Christine Ebrimian

School Psychologist
Jen Feldman

Jen Feldman

Special Education ELA &
Social Studies Teacher

Jen Feldman is a Special Education teacher at LoMA, with a focus in the humanities. Outside of the classroom, you will mostly likely find Jen biking 30 miles across the city to snap a photo of a rare bird, cheering loudly and occasionally booing at a Yankees game (too many strikeouts), or at home with her black cat, Winona, watching a film (she has seen over 1,400).

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia

School Aide
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