Meet our 2017-2018 Founding Staff

Mr. Toledo

Dean of Culture |Science Teacher | Amherst Advisor

Hometown: Brooklyn,NY

Undergraduate University: Stony Brook University

Undergraduate Degree:Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Concentration in Emergency and Critical Care

Email: ctoledo@legacycollegeprep.org

“Being a NYC native, Legacy College Prep allows me to build relationships with families and students who share a similar demographic as me. Working as a Dean of School Culture and a Science Teacher here at Legacy College Prep I am able to close academic learning gaps all the while providing socio-emotional support to those students that need it. Whether it is interacting with families outside in the morning or running an enrichment after school Legacy College Prep feels like home to me.”

Mr. Eloiseau

Dean of Culture | Physical Education Teacher

Hometown: Brooklyn,NY

Undergraduate University: Stony Brook University

Undergraduate Degree:Social Work

Graduate Degree: Fordham University :Clinical Social Work

Email: seloiseau@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at Legacy College Prep because I believe that Education is the key to success. At Legacy, we have a culture of excellence and support which allows us as educators to build and nurture relationships with our scholars. These relationships allow us to foster a nature of academic and character excellence among all of our scholars. “

Ms. Dillon

Dean of Student Supports | Special Education Math Teacher

Hometown: Kings Park, NY

Undergraduate University:Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College

Undergraduate Degree: Political Science

Graduate Degree: Brooklyn Law School – JD
Hunter College – Masters in Special Education

Email: ldillon@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at Legacy College Prep because I wanted to be part of a founding team of educators that are committed to creating a responsive Charter School model that prioritizes academic interventions and the needs of students with disabilities. At Legacy College Prep, I know that my voice is valued, and that I have the autonomy I want inside and outside of the classroom. Best of all, with the support of Principal Summer Schneider and the rest of the Legacy College Prep team, I’ve finally been able to achieve a work life balance, without sacrificing student achievement! “

Ms. Johnson

School Social Worker

Hometown:Mount Vernon, NY

Undergraduate University: Concordia College

Undergraduate Degree: Social Work

Graduate degree: Fordham University School of Social Work – Masters in Social Work

Email: Mjohnson@legacycollegeprep.org

“After working with families and children for over ten years, I chose to join the Legacy Team to experience working with families and children in a different dynamic. I am excited to play a small role in shaping future professionals by preparing them for the opportunities that college offers. “

Mrs. Smith

Math Teacher | Howard Advisor 

Hometown:White Plains, NY

Undergraduate University: Spelman College

Undergraduate Degree:  B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development

Graduate University:Relay Graduate School of Education – M.A.T in Elementary Education

Email: SSmith@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at LCP because I wanted to be a founding team member. As a founding team member, I am able to give suggestions that I see implemented right away. Additionally, I wanted to work with kids that come from a similar background as me because representation matters.”

Ms. Peralta

ELA Teacher | Howard Advisor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate University: Northeastern Illinois University

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Inner City Studies

Graduate University: University of Hawaii at Manoa – Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Email: Cperalta@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at Legacy College Prep because I believe in our team. I am surrounded by teachers that care deeply about our students, students that are invested in their education, and parents that want the very best for their families. I’m inspired by the passion of all these groups of people, working together, every single day.”

Ms. Marion

Math Teacher | Columbia Advisor

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Undergraduate University: Allen University

Undergraduate Degree: Mathematics

Email: SMarion@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at Legacy College Prep to give back to my community. At 9 years old, my family moved to the South Bronx so I went to public school in the same area in which I serve. I appreciate the opportunity of being a positive influence to children that are just like me.”

Ms. Montano

History Teacher | Columbia Advisor 

Hometown: Los Mina, Dominican Republic

Undergraduate University: City College of New York

Graduate University: Hunter College

JMontano@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at Legacy College Prep because it is a space full of love. We come in everyday as a community and work hard to reach our best selves. Our building is one of laughter. I enjoy coming into work everyday and knowing that no matter what I will be supported and pushed to be the best version of myself. “

Ms. Sainvil

ELA Teacher | SUNY Binghamton Advisor 

Hometown: White Plains ,NY

Undergraduate University: Georgetown University

Graduate University: University of Pennsylvania, Urban Education

Email: Dsainvil@legacycollegeprep.org

“Legacy provides a caring and nurturing environment, where we watch our students excel in math, reading, science, social studies and the computer science. I can honestly say that our students enjoy attending school, which is a testament to the hard-working staff and the continuous improvements to ensure all of our students are successful.”

Mr. Mendez

Computer Science Teacher | Science Teacher | SUNY Binghamton Advisor 

Hometown: Jackson Heights, NY

Undergraduate University: Stony Brook University

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science Technological Systems Management, Concentration in Information Systems and Geology

Email: Rmendez@legacycollegeprep.org  

“I enjoy working at Legacy College Prep because our school culture is very immersive and it creates an environment where the scholars are happy to be at this school while receiving a rigorous education.”

Ms. Siegel

Teacher Assistant | Amherst Advisor 

Hometown: Hanover, New Hampshire

Undergraduate University: Tulane University

Graduate University: Tulane University

 Email: Asiegel@legacycollegeprep.org

“I enjoy working with like minded people who have similar goals for our students. The fact that all of my coworkers enjoy being at work every day is what makes this environment a place that I want to be. “

Ms. McArdle

Special Education ELA Teacher | Amherst Advisor 

Undergraduate University:Childhood Education, LIU, C.W. Post Campus

Graduate University: Secondary Education, LIE, C.W. Post Campus

 Email: LMcArdle@legacycollegeprep.org

“I came to work at Legacy College Prep to be apart of a founding team that creates a culture and environment that meets the needs of all of our students. I also believe that every student can achieve a college diploma and wanted to be apart of a school structure that supported this valuable ideal. “

Mrs. Vaz

Director of Operations

Hometown: Bronx,NY

Undergraduate University:Pennsylvania State University

Undergraduate Degree:Accounting and Finance with a minor in Math

Graduate University: Mount Saint Mary College: MBA

Email: Mvaz@legacycollegeprep.org

“Being a Bronx Native, I was ecstatic to be part of a venture that helps, guides and teaches our community. Giving back is a big part of my personal philosophy and I was excited to see that Legacy College Prep is focused on having our children not only get accepted into college, but to earn a degree and complete the education process. In the community we are serving; one in ten individuals graduate from college and I am willing (along side my teammates) to increase that statistic. It gives me such joy to work with both my passions; my community and finance. I cannot wait to see what the class of 2024 accomplishes!.”

Ms. Bah

Paraprofessional

Hometown:Harlem, NY

Undergraduate University: CUNY, City College

Undergraduate Degree: Early Childhood Education

Email: Kbah@legacycollegeprep.org

“I work at LCP, because I am passionate about working with children. In a community where there aren’t many opportunities for children to advance and grow academically, Legacy Prep fills that void. I love the fact that Legacy Prep not only provides a good quality education to children in a low income area, but is also preparing scholars for college as well.”