Susana DeJesús, Ed.D.

Principal

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.

Neusa Rodriguez-Montemoíño

Teacher, 1st grade, Spanish & English

“I am Neusa Rodríguez-Montemoíño. I was born in Puerto Rico and raised there since I was 5 years old. I have taught elementary school, intermediate school, and in high school. For the past 18 years, I taught third grade math, science, social studies, and language arts in an English immersion school in Puerto Rico. I have a BA from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Framingham University in Massachusetts. I completed my doctorate degree in Linguistics on May 4, 2019, at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. In my dissertation I investigated how the agency of West-African women in traditional Yoruba religion was mostly lost in Spanish speaking America when West-African people were forcibly taken into slavery. West-African women were forced out of positions of power in the newly formed Santería to accommodate patriarchal European values of the time. This loss of agency is present even today as the descendants of these West-African women still have limited access to positions of power in society.

In addition to being an academic and a teacher, I am an avid reader and enjoy watching sports and films. I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction books. I have read all the Harry Potter series in English and Spanish and have seen all the movies. I love to watch sports on tv especially tennis, volleyball and soccer. I am a fan of the Star Wars saga and also love animated movies such as Zootopia, Rio, Frozen and Epic. Thanks to my Netflix subscription, I can watch in English or Spanish from different parts of the world. “

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