Faculty & Staff

Photo: Shana Schnur Photography,LLC
Representing a diverse palette of backgrounds and experiences, George Jackson Academy’s teachers, administrators and staff all share a common passion for GJA’s mission and its students.


Name Position Education
Iman Aswad  Math/Music Theory Teacher B.A. Spanish Language and Music

Colgate University, 2001

Dennis Barnes Math /Physical Education Teacher B.S. of Education-SUNY Cortland
Leon Bernsdorf Band Teacher The Julliard School
Blaise Haddad Math Teacher BA English and Art History Columbia University
Zachary Herring Science Teacher B.A. Evolutionary Biology, Harvard College, 2013
Karelia Isakir Spanish Teacher
Max Jacobs Humanities Teacher M.Ed in Social Studies Education from Rutgers University.
Catherine Kemm Humanities B.A. History, Education Minor Barnard College, Columbia University

M.A. Teaching Relay Graduate School of Education 

Molly Klema  

Art Teacher

MFA in Arts Leadership Seattle University

BFA  in Art Education, Pratt Institute

Douglas Marriner Percussion Teacher Artist Diploma, The Julliard School

Master of Music The Julliard School 

BFA The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Junior Academy , Royal Academy of Music , London

Catherine Saterson Latin Teacher B.A. Classics | Minor Creative Writing (Poetry), Princeton University
Andre Theisen Humanities Teacher B.A, English Literature, University of Notre Dame
Jeff Tancil Technology Teacher


Name Position Education
Larissa Floy Director of Admissions and Enrollment B.A. Suny New Paltz
Nicole McCabe Academic Dean Manhattan College

Fordham  University, Masters

Colleen Powers Director of Counseling and Placement
Carrie Tatum Director of Development B.A. Yale University; M.A. Columbia University
Jay Underwood Head of School B.A. Guilford College; M.A.


Name Position Education
Marianna Alvarez Cafeteria Staff
Michael Clarillo Maintenance Staff
Antonella Dominguez External Relations Manager B.A., Amherst College
Jenny Marte Office Manager Lehman College, CUNY
Isaac Ortiz Operations Manager
Lota Salomia Business Manager
Tina Maldonado Cafeteria Staff