Our Team

Leadership Team

  • Founder & Principal

    Colin Greene is Atmosphere’s Founder and Principal. Previously, he served as the Head of Academic Program at Link Community School in Newark from 2011 to 2013. In that role, he oversaw curriculum design, instructional leadership, data systems, professional development, teacher evaluation, and all other academic operations of the school. Prior to joining Link, Mr. Greene was Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity where he developed original programming and curriculum, hired qualified instructors, and managed successful implementation and quality control. Mr. Greene holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and a Master of Arts in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is New York State certified as a school district leader, a school building leader, and an English teacher.

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  • Director of Student Learning

    Elizabeth Nash is Atmosphere’s Director of Student Learning. Ms. Nash holds a Master of Science in Adolescent Special Education and Literacy from Iona College and a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent Education and Social Studies. She is New York State certified as a special education teacher, a social studies teacher, a literacy teacher, and an adolescent education teacher. Previously, Ms. Nash taught at Iona College, Mamaroneck High School, Iona Preparatory School, and The School of Immaculate Conception.

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  • Director of Operations

    Benjamin Pah is Atmosphere Academy's Director of Operations. Previously, he has worked as a Vice Principal at Coney Island Prep and English teacher at Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. As a Vice Principal, he coached teachers, guided students, and partnered with families. As a teacher, he taught literacy, raised test scores, and facilitated career training. Benjamin holds a MS in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and a BA in English Education from NYU. He is NYS Certified as a School Building leader and English teacher. Overall, Ben's vision is to guide students to work as hard as possible to achieve the careers of their dreams to uplift their families and communities.

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  • Director of School Life

    Christian Roman is Atmosphere’s Director of School Life. Previously, he has served as the Head Dean at Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School and Dean of Students at Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx. In these roles, Mr. Roman worked to provide young people with the discipline, guidance, cultural enrichment, and social-emotional development they needed to realize their full potential. Mr. Roman has also served as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coordinator at Unitas Therapeutic Community, where he honed his counseling and management skills. Mr. Roman hired, trained, and maintained a staff of approximately 40 teen counselors and employees. He also facilitated seminars on 6-step conflict resolution that enforced the principle of peaceful problem solving. Mr. Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. Growing up in the South Bronx, Mr. Roman developed an undeniable passion for and pride in the people of his neighborhood. Mr. Roman has translated this passion into daily service and dedicated his studies and career to elevating, inspiring, counseling, and advocating for the community in which he still lives and works. Mr. Roman also serves his community through spiritual guidance by dedicating his free time to working as a religious instructor and assistant director of a youth group at St. Athanasius Parish. Each day, Mr. Roman works closer and closer to his goal of uniting and uplifting the people of the South Bronx.

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  • Science and Social Studies Instructional Leader

    Ericka Shammgod is Atmosphere’s Science and Social Studies Instructional Leader. Mrs. Shammgod holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from CUNY, a Master of Science in Teaching Literacy from Touro College, and a Master of Science in School Leadership from Touro College. She is New York State certified as a elementary education teacher and as a school building leader. Previously, Ms. Bolt taught at Harlem Children’s Zone, PS 49X, and PS 199X.

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Operations Team

  • School Nurse

    Irene Bartles is Atmosphere's School Nurse.

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  • Food Server and Operations Assistant

    Diamond Capers is Atmosphere’s food server and Operations assistant. Ms.Capers holds an associates from TCI. Previously, Ms.Capers served as food service worker for Aramark.

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  • Security Guard

    Elizabeth Herreira is Atmosphere's Security Guard.

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  • Security Guard

    Wilmer Leon is Atmosphere Academy's security guard.

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  • Custodian

    Lenin Nunez is Atmosphere’s Custodian. He oversees the upkeep and maintenance of the school’s physical plant and facility. Mr. Nunez has pursued his Associate’s Degree at Hostos Community College. He is certified in janitorial services. Previously, Mr. Nunez served as Custodian at Tech International Charter School and various other businesses. He is fluent in Spanish.

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  • Office Manager

    Leidy Ramos is Atmosphere’s Office Manager. She manages the main office and other critical administrative tasks. Ms. Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College. Previously, Ms. Ramos served as Operations Manager at Tech International Charter School. She is fluent in Spanish.

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  • Operations Associate

    Jasline Rodriguez is Atmosphere's Operations Associate. She manages the school's day-to-day HR and financial activities among other tasks. Ms. Rodriguez earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the City University of New York. Previously, Ms. Rodriguez was the Operations/Finance Associate at Academic Leadership Charter School in the South Bronx.

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  • Operations Manager

    Dahiana Sanchez is Atmosphere’s Operations Manager. She supports the daily operations of the school, including major tasks like human resource management and student information systems. Ms. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CUNY. Previously, Ms. Sanchez served as Operations Manager at South Bronx Classical Charter School and Educational Specialist and Program Assistant Coordinator at Good Shepherds Services. She is fluent in Spanish.

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School Life Team

  • Director of Athletics and Dean

    Ms. Lenne Reyes graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with her BA in Criminology and a minor in English. Ms. Reyes is the Head Coach of the girl's volleyball, basketball and softball team. She is also an Apprentice Dean, and her goal is to make sure our scholars are focused on their academics by supporting them socially, emotionally and academically.

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  • Program Director for Westhab

    Danny Rivera is Program Director for Westhab, the after-school program that provides services to the students of Atmosphere Academy. Mr. Rivera holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. Previously, Mr Rivera worked for over 21 years with Boys & Girls Clubs of America serving in many roles from youth counselor to Program Director within the organization.

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  • Physical Education and Health Teacher

    Kevin Salazar is Atmosphere's Physical Education and Health Teacher. Mr. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Manhattan college. He is also attending Manhattanville College to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Sports Management.

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  • English Teacher

    Adelina Estevez is Atmosphere's English Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Critical Reading and Critical Writing. Ms. Estevez holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Lehman College. She is New York State certified as an English teacher. Previously, Ms. Estevez has been an English Teacher at Eagle Academy for Young Men, Kingsbridge International High School, and DeWitt Clinton High School.

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Instructional Team

  • Learning Specialist

    Jennifer Bartlett is Atmosphere's Learning Specialist. She supports students with IEPs in Math, Science and Social Studies classes. Ms. Bartlett received a Master in Professional Studies from Manhattanville College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Vermont. She is New York State certified as a childhood education teacher and a special education teacher. Previously, she worked in the Bedford Central School District in Bedford, NY.

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  • Math Teacher

    Cynthia Correa is Atmosphere's Apprentice Math Teacher. She co-teaches 3 sections of Math Applications and Math Foundations, provides small group math achievement coaching, and teaches a math elective class. Ms. Correa holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Campinas State University in Brazil. Previously, Ms. Correa was a Co-Teacher at Cross Hill Academy in Yonkers, New York and was a member of the Yonkers Public School's Teachers ofTomorrow program. Prior to teaching, she was a Private Banker with JP Morgan Chase in New York and a Strategy and Credit Risk Manager with Banco Itau in Brazil.

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  • Social Studies Teacher

    Christina DiStanislao is one of Atmosphere’s Social Studies Teachers. She teaches 5 sections of 6th grade Global Studies. Ms. DiStanislao holds a Master of Science in Special Education & Literacy and a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent Education from Iona College. She is New York State certified as a Social Studies teacher, a Special Education teacher, and a Literacy teacher. Previously, Ms. DiStanislao was an Academic Intervention Support Intern at Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School.

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  • Learning Specialist

    Meghan Dunne is Atmosphere’s Learning Specialist. She supports students with IEPs in math and English classes. Ms. Dunne holds a Master of Science in Childhood Education from Molloy College and a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from Molloy College. She is New York State certified as a special education teacher. Previously, she taught in the West Islip School District and the North Merrick School District.

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  • English Teacher

    Adelina Estevez is Atmosphere's English Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Critical Reading and Critical Writing. Ms. Estevez holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Lehman College. She is New York State certified as an English teacher. Previously, Ms. Estevez has been an English Teacher at Eagle Academy for Young Men, Kingsbridge International High School, and DeWitt Clinton High School.

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  • English Teacher

    Kimberly Filardo is Atmosphere’s English Teacher. She teaches 3 sections of Critical Reading and 2 sections of Critical Writing. Ms. Filardo holds a Master of Arts in Childhood and Special Education from Manhattanville College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and Education from Manhattanville College. She is New York State certified as a childhood education teacher, special education teacher (expected summer of 2015), art teacher, and teacher’s assistant. Previously, Ms. Filardo taught at Edgewood Elementary School in Scarsdale, Bedford Village Elementary School, Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School, and White Plains High School.

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  • Learning Specialist

    Christine Kelly is Atmosphere's Lead Learning Specialist.  She teaches students with IEP's in the subject area of Math and Science along with creating student behavior plans and assisting with Atmosphere's Sped program.  Ms. Kelly holds a Masters in Science Education from Dowling college and a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing.  She is a New York State certified Special Education Teacher grades K-12.  Previously she taught Special Education in the New York City Department of Education in addition to consulting at various schools.

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  • Learning Specialist

    Katie Weinstein is Atmosphere's Learning Specialist. She supports students with IEPs in various classroom settings. Ms. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Marist College. She is New York State certified as a teacher and a special education teacher. Previously, she student taught in Marlboro, New York and Hyde Park, New York.

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  • Physical Science Teacher

    Travis Miecnikowski is Atmosphere's Physical Science Teacher. He teaches 5 sections of Physical Science. Mr. Miecnikowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Penn State University and a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from Western Governors University. He is New York State certified as a teacher. Previously, he was a Teacher at Harlem Prep Charter School and Brooklyn Scholars Charter School as well as a Nature Educator at Nature's Classroom in Connecticut.

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  • English Language Learner Specialist

    Allegra Monat De Jesus is Atmosphere's English Language Learner Specialist. She supports Atmosphere's ELL students across all classrooms and grade levels. Ms. Monat De Jesus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lehman College. She is New York State certified as a TESOL teacher. Previously, she taught at the French-American School of New York in Westchester County.

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  • Life Science Teacher

    Valini Persaud is Atmosphere's Life Science Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Life Science. Ms. Persaud holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from CUNY Queens College. She is New York State certified as a science teacher. Previously, she was a Science Teacher and Department Chair at Urban Dove Charter School.

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  • Teaching Assistant

    Rosanna Pimentel is Atmosphere’s Teaching Assistant. She supports various content area classes per day via a co-teaching model. Ms. Pimentel holds Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from CUNY and is working toward a Master of Science in Special Education. Previously, Ms. Pimentel has served as a Head Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Substitute Teacher at various schools in the Bronx. She is fluent in Spanish.

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  • English Teacher

    Raquel Sommerville is Atmosphere's English Teacher. She teaches 5 sections of Critical Reading and Critical Writing. Ms. Sommerville holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary English Education) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY New Paltz. She is New York State certified as an English teacher. Previously,  Ms. Sommerville was an English Teacher and a Department Chair at VOICE Charter School.

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  • Literacy Specialist

    Angela Turmalaj is Atmosphere’s Literacy Specialist. She supports student literacy across all classrooms. Mrs. Turmalaj holds a Master of Science in Teaching Literacy from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Childhood Education, and Special Education from Mercy College. She is New York State certified as a literacy teacher, a childhood education teacher, and a teacher’s assistant. Previously, Mrs. Turmalaj taught at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill, Brookside Elementary School in Yorktown Heights, and Mahopac Literacy Association.

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