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., Colgate University
Dennis Barnes Math /Physical Education Teacher B.S., SUNY Cortland
Leon Bernsdorf Band Teacher The Julliard School
Blaise Haddad Math Teacher B.A., Columbia University
Zachary Herring Science Teacher B.A., Harvard College
Karelia Isakir Spanish Teacher
B.A., Binghamton University
M.A. and M.S., SUNY Albany
Max Jacobs Humanities Teacher M.Ed, Rutgers University
Catherine Kemm Humanities B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University

M.A., Teaching Relay Graduate School of Education 

Molly Klema  

Art Teacher

M.F.A, Seattle University

B.F.A., Pratt Institute

Douglas Marriner Percussion Teacher Master of Music, The Julliard School 

B.F.A., The New School

Catherine Saterson Latin Teacher B.A., Princeton University
Andre Theisen Humanities Teacher B.A., University of Notre Dame
Jeff Tancil Technology Teacher
B.A., Macalester College
M.A., University of Pennsylvania


Name Position Education
Larissa Floy Director of Admissions and Enrollment B.A., SUNY New Paltz
Nicole McCabe Associate Head of School B.A., Manhattan College

M.A., Fordham  University

Colleen Powers Director of Student Support and High School Placement B.A., Hamilton College

M.S., Columbia University
Carrie Tatum Director of Development B.A., Yale University M.A., Columbia University
Jay Underwood Head of School B.A.,  Guilford College Ed.M., Rutgers University


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