Our Team.

Executive Leadership

Charles Ortiz: Executive Director

WHIN-exec-staff-photo-charles-ortizCharles Ortiz joined the founding team of WHIN in late 2015 and was instrumental in writing the final version of the WHIN charter application. Prior to joining the leadership team of WHIN he served as the Director of Academics at the Harlem Children’s Zone for three years where he oversaw HCZ’s afterschool elementary, middle, and high school academic programs.

Prior to HCZ Charles spent seven years teaching in public and charter schools in Brooklyn, Harlem, and his hometown of Philadelphia. While teaching Charles was asked to be Village Lead, served on school leadership teams working on such things as creating policies for a restorative school culture, interdisciplinary curriculum development, conducted Professional Development sessions for fellow teachers, and was a teacher mentor. Additionally, he created and maintained a contemporary band program growing it from serving twenty students in one grade to serving over 100 students in 6th-12th grade. The program enjoyed large parental involvement, performances at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and provided scholarships to students for additional study.

Charles recently completed the Leadership New York fellowship at Coro where he received training in Adaptive Leadership, Intersectionality, and group leadership and uses these skills to fulfill his commitment to create educational equity for the students and families of New York City.

Reporting directly to the WHIN Board of Directors, Charles is responsible for establishing and maintaining all aspects of WHIN Music Community Charter School.

School Leadership Team

Annie Huynh

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Kindergarten Academic Director

Michelle Healy

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1st Grade/2nd Grade Academic Director

Anne Cohen

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Director of Music

Dacia Sigler

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Director of Special Programs

Noel Matos

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Director of Operations

Caryn Moore

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School Culture and Social Work Director

Instructional Team

Sharon Cook

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Kindergarten General Education Teacher

Ana Drehwing

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Kindergarten Special Education Teacher

Maren Genow

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Kindergarten General Education Teacher

Laura Young

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Kindergarten English Language Learner Teacher

Kenia Garcia

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Kindergarten Special Education Teacher

Zyanya Lopez

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Kindergarten English Language Learner Teacher

Alison Stuart

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1st Grade Special Education Teacher

Lisa Denamiel

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1st Grade General Education Teacher

Hana Ljubicic

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1st Grade General and Special Education Teacher

Christine Rojas

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1st Grade English Language Learner Teacher

Angela Aslanian

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2nd Grade English Language Learner Teacher

CourtneyDonovan

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2nd Grade Special Education Teacher

Colin Benn

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Instrumental Music Teacher

Billy Janiszewski

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Vocal Music Teacher

Seeri Guarino

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Violin Teaching Artist

Carol Leung

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Reading Interventionist

Operations Team

Elias Contreras

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Operations Associate

Lillian Perez

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Office Manager

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