– Our Team

Acting Superintendent

Mr. David Cintron

Deputy Superintendent

Arelis Parache

Instructional Support

Keith Wynne

Instructional Support

Lakesha Williams

Instructional Support

Camille Bucknor Rodney

Instructional Support

Rachel Nugent

Family Leadership Coordinator

Jordan Nichols-Hillian

School Social Worker

Erin Monna

Academic Intervention Coordinator

Yolanda McKenzie

Student Service Manager

Denise Lanier

Instructional Support

Ross Jandrew

Administrative Assistant

Susan James

Multilingual Language Learner Administrator

Camilla Holmes

Special Education Administrator

Michelle Ghedina

Family Support Coordinator

Lydia Ruiz-Ferreira

Academic Intervention Coordinator

Justin Connors

Instructional Support

Mariuxi Luna-Bautista

Director of Early Childhood

Renee Bacchus

Special Instructional Liaison

Dana Queen

Acting Superintendent

Mr. David Cintron

David Cintron was born and raised in the South Bronx and despite growing up below the poverty line, was sheltered and nurtured by a strong family network. As a result, he was able to defy the odds and become the first in his family to graduate college. He attended public school his entire life and learned firsthand how public education can be a social equalizer for disadvantaged children. David has committed his entire professional career to educate the children of NYC. After completing fourteen years as principal, he has assumed the role of Acting Superintendent of District 14, continuing the mission of fostering equitable educational and life outcomes for his students and staff in a strong family atmosphere.

Deputy Superintendent

Arelis Parache

Arelis Parache has been an educator in New York City for three decades, including time as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Director of the Academic Response Team in Brooklyn North and Deputy Superintendent in the Bronx. As Principal, Arelis Parache was a recipient of STEAM Magnet for America Grant, in which her students were engaged in project-based learning activities that incorporate building their confidence, self-esteem and self-regulation preparing them to be STEAM and 21st-century ready. In addition, she helped pilot and grow the Dual Language program from Pre-K to 5th grade thus enriching students to become bi-literate, bilingual, and bicultural. Arelis is committed in creating warm and welcoming learning environments and building capacity in all schools to increase student achievement, support strong instruction, and strengthen and empower families.

Instructional Support

Keith Wynne

With over 25 years of education experience, Keith brings a passion for STEM and Project Based Learning everywhere he goes. For the past seven years Keith has worked as a science instructional lead supporting schools across Brooklyn North with science and STEM.. Keith has been successful at connecting local partners to schools across Brooklyn North with the goal of promoting opportunities and shared experiences for outdoor learning and outdoor classrooms, STEM education at large and implementing the revised New York State Science Learning Standards. Keith brings his background in early childhood education along with his vast experience teaching science and hands-on, placebased learning with him as he works with schools to implement 21st century skills.

Instructional Support

Lakesha Williams

Lakeasha Williams, is a Brooklyn native who is enthusiastic about working in a community that she loves. She is a social justice educational leader with twenty five years of experience as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, staff developer, assistant principal, special education administrator and principal. Her greatest strengths include instructional leadership, school improvement action plans, data driven culture, differentiated professional development, community engagement, family empowerment initiatives, and meeting all school wide compliance mandates. Lakeasha is dedicated to working collaboratively with school communities engaging all key stakeholders to meet and exceed the school goals.

Instructional Support

Camille Bucknor Rodney

Camille has served the NYC Department of Education for the past 21 years. During this time she was a middle and high school science teacher, and a high school assistant principal. While at the former Brooklyn North Borough Office, she served as an Academic Response Team Specialist where she supported Elementary schools in Assessment, Technology, Science and Math Instruction. Camille is data driven and a relentless proponent using data to move instruction. A graduate of the Educational Leadership program at Brooklyn College, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Northcentral University. Camille believes developing a strong instructional core results in equipping leaders of tomorrow. Consequently, has experience in supporting initiatives that enhance student leadership.

Instructional Support

Rachel Nugent

Rachel Nugent is an educator with over 15 years of experience with the NYC DOE. She began her career as a NYC Teaching Fellow and has worked in both district schools and a high performing charter school. She has taught elementary and middle school students in grade levels ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade in different content areas with varying learning needs in general education, self-contained, and inclusion classrooms. For the past 3 years, Rachel has been supporting school leaders and teachers at the district level to improve their instructional practices to accelerate student learning.

Family Leadership Coordinator

Jordan Nichols-Hillian

Jordan Nichols brings numerous years of parent engagement experience to the New York City Department of Education. Serving the community as an administrator, political activist, parent coordinator, and family engagement consultant he has the families of D14 in his best interest. He leads his mission with the mantra “The more we engage parents, the more we engage the students!” Mr. Nichols believes in encouraging, enriching, and educating families across all cultural, racial, and economic levels. He strives to bridge the gap between families, schools, and the community by utilizing effective communication. His commitment to transparency has been proven time and again that communication is key to the success of every child’s education.

School Social Worker

Erin Monna

Erin recently joined the Department of Education in March of 2022. Previously she spent time at a charter school in DUMBO and conducted therapeutic services in Boston. Throughout these experiences Erin has developed a passion for equity, equality, justice and provided outreach within communities, schools and homes. Erin consistently takes a wraparound approach connecting and including key figures in her student’s lives to ensure the highest level of care. She is a believer in autonomy, self-determination and clientcentered practices. Erin strongly believes that knowledge is power and continues to learn and educate herself on current best practices.

Academic Intervention Coordinator

Yolanda McKenzie

Before all things Yolanda is a literacy and educational advocate for students, specifically those that are marginalized. Her passion and love for literacy drives her to work with teachers, students and families to help improve literacy for all. Yolanda has worked hard over the years to ensure that all students she encounters develop a love for reading and writing and understanding the power reading provides us. This is Yolanda’s 17th year as an educator where she has served as an early childhood special education teacher and literacy coach in various districts including district 14.

Student Service Manager

Denise Lanier

Denise has over 17 years of experience as an administrator and educator. She received a Master of Science degree in Education Administration along with her Educational Leadership Certifications from the College of Saint Rose. She served for several years as a High School Assistant Principal. For the past six years, Denise served as Guidance Manager for High Schools at the Brooklyn North Borough Office. In this capacity, she provided professional development and direct support to school counselors with the goal of strengthening the delivery of comprehensive school counseling support services provided to students to promote social and emotional wellness and post – secondary readiness.

Instructional Support

Ross Jandrew

Ross Jandrew joins the District 14 Team with 15 years of experience in education. He served as an Instructional Lead at the Brooklyn North BCO, taught Middle School ELA in Brownsville and South Jamaica, and was selected as an Interim Assigned AP to support instruction in District 16 during the 2020-2021 school year. During his tenure with the DOE, Ross completed the Teacher Leadership Program, was selected as a Model Teacher, and was a LEAP graduate through the Office of Leadership. Ross also taught NYC Teaching Fellows, and holds a B.A. from Adelphi University, and an M.S. Ed. from Lehman College.

Administrative Assistant

Susan James

Susan James has served as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for District 14 since October of 2021, and prior to that she worked for the Brooklyn North team in the Division of School Facilities. She moved to NYC from her native Tennessee at age 18 and has years of service in the non-profit sector, including cultural institutions, listener-supported radio, and a senior center. In her spare time, she produces a monthly music podcast for the concert hall Roulette Intermedium. Ms. James is pleased to serve the District 14 office and works to establish a healthy, inclusive environment where excellence is achieved.

Multilingual Language Learner Administrator

Camilla Holmes

Camilla Holmes is currently a Multilingual English Language Learner Services Administrator at Community School District 14. She began her career as a special educator at 32K274 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Camilla is a creative and enthusiastic leader with over twenty years of experience in professional development, teacher/staff supervision, program initiation, and evaluation. Her extensive background in the field of education includes the following positions: Teacher Leader, Crisis Intervention Teacher, Assistant Principal, College Lecturer, Mentor, and Coach. Her professional input regarding scaffolding and differentiated instruction, behavior management, and student engagement support increased student outcomes for all learners. Camilla is driven to support schools with building capacity in ML/ ELL (Multilingual /English Language Learners) policy/compliance and instruction by strengthening teacher best practices, at all levels of education.

Special Education Administrator

Michelle Ghedina

Michelle has been in the Department of Education for the last 15 years. Michelle started her teaching journey with the NYC Teaching Fellows . Over the last 8 years Michelle has been supporting as an Administrator Special Education. In her role she is responsible for supporting district wide compliance, provision of services, creating school structures, and professional development in special education. During the past 3 years Michelle led EASE (Everyday Arts Special Education) program at the former Brooklyn North Borough Office. Michelle received her M.A. Students with Disabilities from CCNY and M.A. Educational Leadership from Baruch.

Family Support Coordinator

Lydia Ruiz-Ferreira

Lydia Ruiz-Ferreira is the Family Support Coordinator. Lydia is a proud American of Hispanic descent and a lifelong Williamsburg resident of and a product of District 14 schools. She has worked in the DOE for 18 years. She enjoys planting, reviewing law enforcement procedures, and is active in the community both religiously and secularly.

Academic Intervention Coordinator

Justin Connors

Justin’s 19 years in education includes diverse teaching experiences as a classroom teacher, in both gen. & T&G education K-5. He is a reliable and ambitious worker who consistently seeks to expand his knowledge by taking other opportunities, such as serving as a Peer Validator and a Reading Coach. Justin enjoys collaborating with other educators and is passionate about having a positive impact on peoples’ lives through sharing his knowledge and skills by collaborating with teachers and school communities. Justin is excited to be joining District 14’s team as an AIS Coordinator.

Instructional Support

Mariuxi Luna-Bautista

Mariuxi Luna-Bautista has over 22 years of experience with the NYCDOE. She began her career as a middle school teacher. After 10 years of teaching, she served as a Common Core Coach and then an Achievement Coach. For the last 7 years, Mariuxi has been an Instructional Lead in the Bronx. Mariuxi is a lifelong learner and values leading with integrity and respect. She is committed to supporting schools to achieve academic success.

Director of Early Childhood

Renee Bacchus

Ms. Renée Bacchus is a lifelong learner who has many years of experience as an educator. During her extensive career, she has served as an Elementary Education Teacher, Program Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, Parent Resource, ILT member, Professional Developer, and Instructional Coach. As a second-generation educator, she acquired her passion to develop the craft of teachers and empower parents. Her core values are leading with integrity, transparency, servanthood, and passion. Collaborating within a PLC to ensure student outcomes and develop lifelong learners, are her top priorities. Renée has a deep commitment to the mission of the shared work at the Division of Early Childhood Education and District 14.

Special Instructional Liaison

Dana Queen

Dana Queen has over 23 years of experience in education. She began her career in NYCDOE as an elementary school teacher has provided continuous service in a variety of diverse communities, She most recently served as Instructional Support Liaison in the South Bronx. Dana has also functioned as a Literacy Coach, Mentor Response to Intervention Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Her areas of expertise include Response to Intervention, implementation of the Reading and Writing Workshop Model, and teacher support and development. Dana is a graduate of The Brooklyn College Educational Leadership Program. She received her M.S. in Elementary Education and her B.B.A. from Baruch College.

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