Our Teachers


Interim Acting Assistant Principal

Jennifer Belfi

For the past six years, Jennifer served as a 4th-grade teacher at YCS. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten, First, Sixth and Seventh Grades in Manhattan. While a teacher, Jennifer worked as a professional development facilitator, mentor teacher and was a member of the YCS School Leadership Team. Jennifer's academic background includes having received a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Hunter College in 2019 and before that, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University in 2009. Jennifer also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism, from Quinnipiac University. 

As the Assistant Principal, Jennifer will work in partnership with Ms. Samantha, faculty, staff, and community to uphold the YCS core values, vision and shared goals. This role will provide Jennifer the chance to continue to work collaboratively with teachers and families on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to YCS student growth and learning. With a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront, Jennifer looks forward to continuing the work of advocating and providing all students and families with an educational experience that promotes academic and social success.

Teacher Communication

It is our goal that teachers use their instructional and daily planning time to work with students and design lesson plans. We do not want our teachers consumed with emails and discourage this form of communication during school hours and/or after hours. If you have a question regarding school work, homework, your child’s development, etc., please write a note to your child’s teacher and put it in their Home/School Folder. In a case of an emergency, please call the main office and leave a message for the teacher and they will contact you.

Alix Gebhardt Pre-K-201
Sarah Layden Pre-K-202
Andrea Petrera Pre-K-205
Jessica Derdak Pre-K-206
Kindergarten Teachers  
Christina Collaboletta K-203
Rachel Wolfson K-204
Annie Lui & Erin Chong/ICT K-210
First Grade Teachers  
Rachel Heimler & Leigh Brown/ICT 1-308
Dawn Demarco 1-310
Second Grade Teachers  
Sindy Weisinger 2-409
Alexandra Denkberg & Mariel Sirota/ICT 2-410
Third Grade Teachers  
Laura Cogan & Skylar Masterson/ICT 3-406
Jessica Rosenberg & Marissa Rabinowitz/ICT 3-403
Fourth Grade Teachers  
Katie Bellissimo & Tamar Nemeth/ICT 4-508
Olivia Germain 4-506
Fifth Grade Teachers  
Camaron BarLev & Jessica Speisman 5-507
Aaron Schulman 5-510
Specialist Teachers  
Music – Annabelle Merola 305
Phys. Ed – Jonathan Ascher 300
Art - Jessica Suarez 401
Dance – Jason Sosnowski 306
Para Professionals/ Teaching Aides  
Tiffany Baker
Bryan Anger
Claude Kasemichael
Miranda Cromartie
Maria Mercedes
Marielisa Seda
Ana Castro
Cecil Wilder
Josephine Otero
Ashley Plata
Isaiah Butler 
School Based Support  
Kathryn Gallo Guidance Counselor
Margaret Sinkevitch School Psychologist
Naomi Ovadia Social Worker
Samantha Winitsky Speech & Language
Kerry Haugh Speech & Language
Beverly Vachher Physical Therapy
Tracie Mandel Occupational Therapy
Felix Romero Castillo Clerical Support
Christina Gentile SETSS
Sarah Gomori SETSS
Stephen Drighes School Nurse
Custodial/ Office Staff  
Samuel Rodriguez  
Mahamad Saleh  
Annette Ortiz School Secretary
Katherine De La Cruz School Aide
Christie Falciani Parent Coordinator
Angela Roina School Aide