Our Non-Instructional Team


Jeanette DeLeon

Jeanette DeLeon - Founding Operations Associate

Jeanette DeLeon was born and raised in the Bronx, where she attended public school and had the opportunity to continue her bilingual education throughout her school years.  She is the proud mother of six children and has six wonderful grandchildren. After working in the corporate world, she decided to remain home while raising her children.  During this time she became a parent volunteer and realized how much she enjoyed working with children and offering them a loving and nurturing environment. She found the same satisfaction working with parents and learning of their concerns for their child’s well-being.

Eventually, Jeanette started a new career in the Catholic School System, where she worked for fourteen years. She began as a teaching assistant and moved into an administrative assistant role, which she held for ten years.  She has worked with students in Pre-K thru 8th grade and has found the most satisfaction with 6th-8th grade students.  As she says, “They are full of energy and excitement but at the same time are still young innocent children that need constant positive reinforcement.”  She enjoyed planning trips and school activities for students, including being on the Yearbook committee. She has a Level 3 Teaching Assistant certificate and is currently registered at SUNY Empire College in pursuit of a BA in Educational Studies.

Jeanette is looking forward to being a member of School in the Square because she believes in the vision of the school. She values a place where teachers and parents can come together as one to plan for the future of the students, ensuring that their voices are heard. She appreciates that S2 is a place where children will find individual attention and are encouraged to pursue their passions as they prepare for high school.


Daniel Evelyn
Permanent Substitute Teacher

From his teen years, Daniel Evelyn uncovered and honed the desire to effect positive change in the lives of young children and adolescents. For five consecutive years, he served on a local youth committee in Fairy Valley, Barbados. Among other responsibilities, Daniel planned and organized events and activities for teens and pre-teens to help inspire and empower them. In his twenties, Daniel delved into education. In 2009, Daniel started teaching elementary-aged children in Barbados in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. In 2013, he moved to Japan to become an ESL/ELL teacher for K-12 students at Kansai International Academy (KIA) and YMCA Language Center. For two years, Daniel worked as the Head Teacher for the Hirakata campus of KIA.

Daniel attended The University of the West Indies (Barbados) and received his BSc. in Computer Science & Management. It was after his first degree that he took an opportunity to be mentored as a teacher and later acquired his Diploma in Education. During his years in college, Daniel worked full time as a technical support specialist with a conglomerate technology firm where he gained valuable technical knowledge. His teaching interests and abilities are diverse, including technology, leadership, enlightenment and culture.

Daniel is an avid supporter of technology in education, as it allows teachers to be the guide on the side. He believes that this prepares students to be innovative and expressive. He is excited to work with the S2 team in supporting this learning style, motivating and encouraging students to be successful contributors to society.



 

Jean Martinez

Jean Martinez - Founding Coordinator of Programs


Jean started workingwith New York City youth eight years ago. He began his career as a group leader at the All The Way Program located inside P.S. 48 in Manhattan. Jean’s passion for working with youth in sports allowed him the opportunity to coach basketball at Riverdale Country School. For two consecutive summers, Jean was a Sports Coach at ESF Summer camps through Manhattan Athletics. In 2014, Jean was a program director for Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation at MS 462 in the Bronx.  His latest experience was at the Madison Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx where he used his passion for sports and youth development to create one of the most prestigious sports and fitness programs for youth in NYC as Athletic Director. 


Jean received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Lehman College 2012, and has his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jean is very excited to be a part of School in The Square because he knows that the team values his experience and ideas. He is also thrilled to work with the community in which he was born in raised (Washington Heights), giving him the opportunity to give back to its youth and their families.


Vishrani Prag - Social Worker

Vishrani Prag is fiercely passionate about empowering, transforming and advocating for youths around self-development and social emotional learning. Vishrani grew up in inner-city NJ to immigrant parents and worked for the opportunity to be educated amongst the country's elites. She studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in NH, and Wesleyan University, where she graduated with two bachelors degrees in Psychology and Economics. She then received her Masters in Social Work with a 4.0 GPA, concentrating on Violence Against Women and Children. 

Vishrani quickly saw the power of education and knowledge of self as an equalizer and worked as a Special Ed teacher for 8 years, social worker, and a NYC education administrator as the Director of Youth Development. Passionate about creating transformational learning and discovery opportunities for everyone, she has devised, trained, and implemented practices and protocols for social workers and guidance counselors in all 5 boroughs of NYC. She is excited to create invigorating safe spaces and practices for the students and staff of School in the Square. 


Genna Sarnak - Library Media Specialist

Genna Sarnak is passionate about literacy, sharing her love of reading, and empowering adolescents. As a Library Media Specialist, Genna has worked with New York City’s youth in a variety of roles. Genna started her librarian career as a student teacher at Bard High School Early College Manhattan and P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus. From there, she went on to work with middle and high school students at Berkeley Carroll in Park Slope, where she collaborated with colleagues to run a Mock Newbery Club. In 2015, Genna began working as a Young Adult Librarian at the New York Public Library, where she created teen coding programs, taught research classes at local schools, and developed unique programs that helped to foster strong bonds between the library and the community.


Genna received her B.A. in English with a Specialization in Creative Writing from Clark University in Worcester, MA. In her time there, she studied abroad in Norwich at the University of East Anglia. She received her M.A. in Library and Information Science with a Library Media Speclicilast degree from Pratt Institute.  


Genna is ecstatic to join the School in the Square, where educators and students are dedicated to creating a positive school culture that encourages student independence, ownership, and individuality. Genna is particularly excited to co-create the library with students and colleagues and to share her enthusiasm for books, research, and independent reading.


Noel TorresNoel Torres - Founding Facilities and Operations Assistant

Noel Torres joins our team as an experienced charter school Food Services and Facilities Coordinator. He supervised staff, coordinated events and assisted the Director of Operations in performing a variety of administrative tasks. Prior to that, Noel was the Maintenance Assistant at Northside Center for Child Development, performing general maintenance of the facility including mechanical, electrical, carpentry and plumbing services.  His responsibilities included  conducting periodic inspections of the program’s building and equipment to meet New York City Department of Health guidelines, ensuring compliance with fire safety standards and serving as a liaison between program and vendors. 

These jobs provided opportunities for Noel to interact with staff and students regularly. While supervising food services, Noel solicited students’ likes and dislikes with the food being served and suggestions for what food choices would be an improvement. His favorite role was mentoring students and engaging them in conversations about their day, choices they made and how they could go about making better choices and decisions. For more than ten years Noel was an Assistant Group Leader for young adults with developmental challenges living in group homes. He assisted his clients with their everyday living skills and efforts to live with increasing independence.  He also has extensive prior experience in the restaurant business, including three years as a restaurant manager. 

Noel studied at Automotive High School where he majored in car mechanics and auto body repairs.  He holds a certificate of fitness s93 to supervise the temporary storage and dispensing of flammable or combustible liquids and certificate of fitness s95 supervision of fire alarms and other related systems.  He is currently interested in enrolling in further studies for a certificate course in Facilities Management. 

Noel is excited to be a founding member of S2. He really believes in the value of teamwork and working with other people towards a common goal. He hopes the many skills and experiences that he brings to the Operations Team will make him a valuable teammate as well.

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