Staff Bios 2020-21

School Leadership

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Miles Doyle, Principal

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Anita Bonner, Asst. Principal

Anita is a Brooklyn “girl at heart” – having been raised here in NYC.  She graduated from a Historically Black College & University -- North Carolina A&T State University.  Returning to New York, she later received her Masters Degree from Teachers College Columbia University and attained her Administration & Supervision Certification from Hunter.  Anita is humbled to have a 20+ year trajectory as an educator in the school system that she herself attended.  Her career experiences have spanned geographically in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.  In her spare time, she loves to read, write, travel, and listen to gospel & jazz music.

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Miles grew up in a small seaside town on the coast of England. He has been an educator for the past 22 years teaching and coaching in England, Chile and the United States. Becoming principal of this “hidden gem”  in the Lower East Side has been the pinnacle of his career.

Dayna Sedillo-Hamann, Community School Director

Dayna is a Brooklyn-native and a licensed social worker. She has worked in high schools for nearly a decade and has loved every minute of it! She holds a BA from Grinnell College, an MSW from Hunter and a DSW from NYU. This is her 6th year at OCA.

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Administrative and Student Support Staff

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Miles Doyle, Principal

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Krystle Arcelay, Guidance Counselor

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Miles Doyle, Principal

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Miles Doyle, Principal

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Shohreh Tolou, College Program Coordinator

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Dan Ellis, Dean

I I have been teaching for 11 years and a Dean for 6. I graduated from St. Francis, I did my grad school at Touro College. My interests include having clear hallways and people getting off my block early during dismissal.

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Jose Escudero, Paraprofessional

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Elevenia McLaughlin, Paraprofessional

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Guidance Counselor

Sandra Baez, Parent Coordinator

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Anita Poon, School Aide

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Kaira Ramos, Office Manager

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Karina Shaoul, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Phillippe Teng, Paraprofessional

Grace Wu, Paraprofessional

Shohreh Tolou, College Program Coordinator

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Teaching Faculty

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Yudelka Alvarado, Spanish

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Katie Carter, Science

I am one of the science teachers on staff.  I am originally from St. Charles, Missouri where I grew up and went to college at the University of Missouri.  I majored in Biological Sciences.  After college, I worked as an Environmental Scientist for two years before I decided to enroll in graduate school at Lindenwood University for my Masters in Teaching.  This will be my fifth year teaching and I have grown exponentially from my days as an environmental scientist.  I enjoy bringing science to life in the classroom on a daily basis.  In my free time I enjoy keeping up with my family and friends in the Midwest, quilting, reading, and traveling with my husband.

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Chris DiGregorio, English

I teach ELA, I am currently in my 12th year as a teacher, I went to St. John’s University, I got my Masters degree in secondary education at the College of Staten Island, I got my additional masters degree at the College of Saint Rose in educational administration.I enjoy sports, The Simpsons, and spending time with my kids.

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Jacob Gunther, Music

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Mr. Filner is one of those rare people who was born and raised in Manhattan.  After graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 1992, and getting his undergraduate degree from University of Delaware in 1999, he began teaching in 2000.  For nearly 19 years, he's proudly served the kids of the city that raised him.

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Teaching 12 years

 

B.A. Music Education Fredonia                  

M.A. Music Technology NYU

 

Works in audio field and has performed in various musical ensembles in and around NYC.

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Karen Hutchinson, Social Studies

I was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies and have been living in the USA for almost 40 years. I have been a Social Studies teacher in New York City for a total of 16-1/2 years. I taught in the South Bronx for 13-1/2 years and I have been here at OCA for the past three.  I graduated from Colgate University with a double concentration in Sociology and Anthropology and Fine Arts.  I also have an Associate degree from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Interior Design and had a career in that field for 12 years before becoming a teacher.  Lastly, I received my Masters in Social Studies (7-12 grade Secondary Education) from Lehman College where I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008.  

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Ted Kim, Special Education

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I'm a new teacher and a NYC Teaching Fellow! I attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for undegrad. I love volleyball and play regularly. I also like to ski in the winter.

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Ilana Kurzer, Special Education

I teach ELA, Social Studies and Science. This is my 16th year teaching. I studied at the University of Delaware for undergrad and Wilmington College in Delaware for graduate school.  My interests are boxing, exercising, listening to music and spending time with friends.

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Ms. Lanham received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from The State University at Buffalo and

a Master’s of Science from Florida State University with a focus in literacy. She has been teaching for more than 15 years and has taught in Florida and New York. She loves dogs, teaching history, watching documentaries, and drawing. 

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Been a NYC math teacher since 2007 and at OCA since 2011. Graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Applied Mathematics.  Worked at an art gallery, the New York Times, and restaurants as a bartender and manager. Owned a restaurant in NYC for 7 years before teaching.

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Undergrad: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology major

Grad: Manhattanville College, Physical Education major

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, NASM personal training

4th year at OCA, 5 years as a teacher, 11 years as a basketball coach

Interests: Comic books, history, sports, fitness

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Anthony Miletta, Special Education

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Ian Oswell, Science

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Julianne Rosselli, English

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Anthony Miletta, Special Education

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Ian Oswell, Science

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Julianne Rosselli, English

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Anthony Miletta, Special Education

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Ian Oswell, Science

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Julianne Rosselli, English

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Catherine Lanham, Special Education

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Jeff Lau, Physical Education

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Junno Lee, Math/Programmer

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Medjine Altino, Math

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Jeremy Filner, Social Studies

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Anthony Miletta, Special Education

Mr. Miletta will be teaching Algebra 1 this year, his first at OCA. He attended CUNY Queens College, and is currently studying for his Masters at LIU Brooklyn. He is a huge sports fan!

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Julianne Rosselli, English

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