Our Team.

Leadership Team

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.

Annie Huynh: Principal

WHIN-Principal Annie HuynhAnnie Huynh joined the founding staff of WHIN in the spring of 2017 as the Founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction-ELA and has been in the field of education for fourteen years. Previously, she served as the Founding Director of Curriculum and Assessment at an all boys charter school in the Bronx for two years where she oversaw the elementary academic and assessment programs.

Prior to school administration, Annie taught elementary students at a high-performing K-8 Blue Ribbon independent charter school in Philadelphia where she was also asked to be the Literacy Coordinator, served on the Curriculum Council, and led professional development on integrated literacy, anti-bias education, and Responsive Classroom. In addition, Annie was an active teacher leader who served on the founding Board of Teachers Lead Philly, the Mayor’s Teacher Advisory Council in Philadelphia, and was nationally selected to join the Emerging Leader cohort of the ASCD in 2014. Moreover, she enjoys writing and has been published in ASCD Express, Schools: Studies in Education Journal, and Teaching Tolerance. She holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Temple University.

As Principal of WHIN, Annie has a passion for empowering all students and teachers to fulfill their potential and use their learning for authentic purposes and advancing social justice. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Director of Student Culture
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Anne Cohen

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Director of Music
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Dacia Sigler

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Director of Special Programs
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Ivelisse Sosa

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Director of Operations
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Instructional Team

Sharon Cook

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Kindergarten Teacher

Ana Drehwing

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Kindergarten Special Education Teacher

Ana Garcia

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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

Elliot Rodriguez

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1st Grade English Language Learner Teacher

Lisa Denamiel

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1st Grade Teacher

Roxette Perez

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1st Grade English Language Learner Teacher

Eliza Eugenio

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2nd Grade Special Education Teacher

Emely Moscoso

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2nd Grade English Language Learner Teacher

Sheralyn Camacho

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2nd Grade Special Education Teacher

Victoria Omolola

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2nd English Language Learner Teacher

Nicholas Nelson

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3rd Grade English Language Learner Teacher

Prudence Gooden

3rd Grade Special Education Teacher

Andrew Borkowski

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Cello Teaching Artist

Tiffany Weiss

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Violin Teaching Artist

William Janiszewski

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Vocal Music Teacher

Thomas 'Grady' Tesch

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Percussion Teaching Artist

Courtney Donovan

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Curriculum Coach

Anthony Briggs

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Physical Education Teacher

Melanie Jones

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Science Teacher

Alex Krawczyk

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Development Manager

Christina Mason

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Reading Interventionist

Student Support Team

Caprice Bender

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Emilio Vargas

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Eric Jordan

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Jasmine Diaz

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Magdeline Garcia

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Romarlis Frias

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Phillip Roberson

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Tanya Butts

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Ilana Tracer

Occupational Therapist

Yaelle Nusbaum

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Friedlander

Physical Therapist

Alena Paltino

Speech Language Pathologist

Kimberly Ecker

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School Counselor

Rosemary Vassallo

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Operations Team

Justin Beck

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Operations Associate

Lillian Perez

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Office Manager

Angie Gomez

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School Aide/Family Coordinator

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