Our Board has over 100 years of combined experience in education at the School, District and State levels.
Susana DeJesús, Ed.D.
Has been educating children for over 30 years. She is published in scholarly peer review journals and has consulted nationally and internationally. Before co-founding Lyceum Charter School, Susana was a Scholar in Residence and a Supervisor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at NYU. Over the course of her career, she has been a public-school teacher in NYC and Puerto Rico, Professional Development Manager, Head of School, Director of Title III, Bilingual/ESL and was on the Graduate Faculty of Bank Street College and University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. At the University of Puerto Rico, she helped develop a four-language public school in Aruba and consulted with Chinese Educators and Government officials on Dual-Language Instruction. Susana consulted for many years with Head Start, with US Department of Education as a peer reviewer for FIPSE, as an OELA consultant and team leader and was a member of New York and New Jersey Bilingual Early Childhood advisory committees. In 1998, Susana designed and implemented a highly successful dual language program which continued for 12 years in Newark. Students in the program, from an Abbott district, consistently out-performed their district peers and were on par with suburban students. Susana has a unique breadth of knowledge, experience and a proven track record for developing high quality dual language programs for all students. She grew up in the Bronx, attended public school and is bilingual in Spanish. Susana graduated from Antioch College, NYU and earned her Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College.
David López, LMSW, Ph.D.
Was former Interim Director of Aspira and Deputy Administrative Director of Human Resources Administration under Mayor Dinkins. He has 25-years of experience in developing policies and practices in government agencies and CBOs. David’s career has focused on community engagement to empower change and transformation. As the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs, Inc., he managed Foster Care and Adoption programs. He has consulted with Head Start since 1997 and helped create the first Latino foster care and adoption agency in the country. David is a native New Yorker and bilingual in Spanish and has strong roots in Puerto Rico. He graduated from St. Francis College, Columbia University and earned his PhD from Fordham University.
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Works for Societe Generale as a Vice President, focused on the financing of infrastructure and renewable energy projects in Latin America. He has actively participated in deal structuring, due diligence, negotiation and execution of financing for projects in excess of $10 billion. He graduated from Oberlin College with a full scholarship, earning bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies and an MBA from Columbia University. Gabriel was a member of the Paraguayan national chess team. He is a native speaker of Spanish and bilingual in French and Portuguese. He and his wife are raising a multilingual family in New York.
Clarence is an Accountant and Supervisor of Internal Audit, for Public and Charter Schools, for the New Jersey Department of Education. He has over 20 years of experience in School Business Management, Accounting, Education and School Budget, Expenses Management and the legal and financial requirements of school funding. Clarence graduated from Southern University, served in the U.S. Army and is currently in the Coast Guard Reserves. He has strong roots in New Orleans.
Susan works for the NYC Department of Education. She is a HS Special Education Math teacher, an IEP and Special Education Compliance Coordinator and Testing Coordinator. Her experience in teaching Math to a population of high-need and at-risk students allows her to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals into instruction and interactions with students, faculty and staff. Susan’s experience with NYC Department of Education systems provides her with a logistical understanding of school administration. Susan is a native New Yorker, first generation Chinese, bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin, grew up in Brooklyn and attended public school. She is a graduate from NYU earning a BA in Economics with a minor in Asian Studies and an MS in education from Hunter College.
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LiLi is an enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to students’ development. She is one of the most sought-after Mandarin educators and Mandarin immersion practitioners in the US. LiLi has over 30 years of teaching experience both in China and the US. She is an ETS Mandarin AP evaluator and member of ETS team to select Chinese exchange teachers. LiLi earned a BA and MA from Zhengzhou University in China and an MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. LiLi is a native Mandarin speaker.
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Samson has over 15 years of experience in Architectural Design and Urban Planning and is LEED AP certified. Samson is a Project Manager of Exterior and Historic Preservation for Columbia University. He has worked on UPK sites with NYC Dept. of Design and Construction, and has consulted with NYC School Construction Authority. Samson graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University, Canada, and earned an MA from SUNY Buffalo in Architecture. He is bilingual in Yoruba.
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Gina is Technology Integrator K to 2nd Grades, at The School at Columbia University, developing complex multi-level curriculum projects for young children, which involve Technology, Circuits, Robotics and Coding. Gina has over 20 years’ experience as curriculum designer, constructionist teacher and project manager. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Institute for NYS Association of Independent Schools. She graduated from NYU earning a BA in Psychology, and an MA from Columbia University, Teachers College in Computing in Education.
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Before co-founding Lyceum, Iván spent the last five years consulting with many schools and districts on operations, finance, development, achievement analysis and strategic planning. Through innovative public-private partnerships, he participated in social-impact investment projects yielding more than $1.2 million for his education clients. Iván graduated from Oberlin College and Columbia University. He was an American Economic Association Fellow and an Albert Rees Policy Fellow at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. His studies at Columbia University in economics and education policy lead to research papers on the role of school leadership, use of language policy on first language support and second language development, the effects of dual language programs on student achievement. Iván brings to Lyceum a deep understanding of the relationship between economics, educational policy and school organization, governance and its impact on access to high-quality education for all students. He is a native New Yorker who attended NYC public schools and Winston Prep HS. Iván has strong roots to the Puerto Rican community.