Denise Alexander joined BCSC as the school's first Director of Curriculum and Instruction in 2013. Since beginning her educational tenure, 16 years ago, she has been committed to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in this country. This commitment combined with her expertise prepared her to serve as a transformative leader where she fosters the continued success of BCSC, its staff, and its scholars.
Prior to joining BCSC, Ms. Alexander's experience in the field of education included significant roles in teacher and leadership development, curriculum design and instructional research. Her career is additionally marked by: developing the new principal preparation curriculum for Teacher's College-Columbia University; designing and co-founding K-8, Delta Promise Community Charter School of Sunflower County, Mississippi; serving as The District of Columbia Public Schools' Lead Instructional Coach and Manager; leading a team of program improvement specialists throughout Southern California, that provided direct support and evaluated site-based administrations in all areas of instruction and operations; serving as Assistant Principal; being a Teacher of grades Kindergarten through Sixth in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Alexander is currently completing work on her Ed.D. from Columbia University. She received her Ed.M. in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Teacher's College-Columbia University, her Masters of Art in Teaching from Trinity University and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University.
Ms. Silfies has been working in New York City schools since 2008, but she has been a teacher nearly her whole life. As a child, she would march her friends down into her basement, seat them at a desk, and get out her easel. By the time she entered high school, she had become an assistant teacher at her dance school, a peer tutor, and a camp counselor. Despite this, Ms. Silfies went off to college with the intention of studying business and engineering. A few years later, she finally realized her true calling was to share her enthusiasm for technology, engineering, and mathematics with children. In her role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Mathematics, Ms. Silfies is looking forward to supporting the BCSC teachers in planning, implementing, and reflecting on high-quality instructional practices, including authentic problem-solving, building visualization skills, higher-order questioning, differentiation, and content-area literacy.
Ms. Silfies received her B.S. from Lehigh University, her MS.T. from Fordham University, and her M.Ed. from Teachers College - Columbia University.
Ms. Manzano joined BCSC in August 2004 and started at BCSC as an Office Manager, and in 2006 was promoted to the role of the Director of Operations. She now supervises all of the administrative support staff and manages contracted services personnel, including food service, security, and janitorial workers. Ms. Manzano's prior work experiences include internships with the All Stars Project, Green Haven, and three years at The Children's Health Fund at Montefiore Medical Center as a Research Specialist on a number of public health programs. Candice received her BA from Vassar College and her MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University.
Ms. Lashley currently serves as Director of Student and Family Support Services. Ms. Lashley comes to BCSC with 8 years of teaching and 3 years of Dean of Students experience. Ms. Lashley plans and implements a behavior management system with meaningful incentives to reward good behavior and with effective consequences to correct misbehaviors. She also analyzes school-wide trends around attendance and behavior. Ms. Lashley establishes protocols and best practices to ensure that teachers communicate regularly with parents. Ms. Lashley engages families in support of the school's goals, organizes workshops that support the needs of the families at BCSC. Ms. Lashley works closely with the family liaison to ensure our families receive optimal assistances with not only school related issues, but home life as well. This will ensure that there is a healthy, well-rounded balance of school and home life. Having worked as a teacher and a dean on both elementary and middle school levels for 15 years, Ms. Lashley, in accordance with her teaching license, possesses her SAS& SDA leadership certification from Queens College, and she received her MS from Brooklyn College. As a child, Ms. Lashley loved anything and everything Judy Blum. She found as a child, she could relate to the characters in all of her books.
Mrs. Rivera joined the BCSC in March of 2012. She came to us with over ten years of combined Finance and Human Resource experience. Mrs. Rivera handles all of the schools Finance and HR responsibilities including Per Pupil and Government funding. Her priority is to insure that these funds go toward directly benefiting the scholars of The BCSC and our community.
The BCSC is working harder than ever to ensure that our scholars receive intensive academic interventions and extended learning opportunities.