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A team of extraordinary educators who believe in the genius of Brooklyn’s children, and are fiercely committed to developing their practice, fostering joy, and delivering exceptional outcomes. 

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Recy Benjamin Dunn

Chief Executive Officer

Maryann Li


Executive team


Inan Barrett

Principal, Bushwick Ascend Middle School

Jennifer Bauer

Principal, Brooklyn Ascend Lower School

Hannah Chapman

Principal, East Flatbush Ascend Lower School

Curtis Durham

Principal, Brownsville Ascend Middle School and Brooklyn Ascend High School

S'ken Evans

Interim Principal, Flatbush Ascend Lower and Middle Schools

Chatia Hill

Interim Principal, Cypress Hills Ascend Lower School

Justin Moorman

Principal, Canarsie Ascend Lower School

Axel Nda

Principal, Cypress Hills Ascend Middle School

Lisa Roach

Principal, Bushwick Ascend Lower School

Katherine Stearns

Principal, East Brooklyn Ascend Lower School

Leyde St. Leger

Managing Principal, Central Brooklyn Ascend Lower and Middle School

Latasha Williams

Principal, Brooklyn Ascend Middle School

Christopher Zilinski

Principal, Canarsie Ascend Middle School

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