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Meet Our Team

At Libertas Academy, we believe that without great teachers, nothing else matters. We work  to recruit, train, and retain excellent teachers and staff who are mission-aligned, believe in our students’ limitless potential, and are committed to growing their craft. Meet our team below.

Organizational Team

Alexandra Steinhauer

Managing Director, School Systems & Operations

She/Her/Hers

Ariana Nunez

Office Manager

She/Her/Hers

Ben Cruse

Managing Director of Curriculum & Instruction Founding Upper Academy Head of School

He/Him/His

Deyaneira Alvarado

Operations associate

She/Her/Hers

Erika Johnson

Director of Literacy & Intervention

She/Her/Hers

Kathleen Stevens

School Nurse

She/Her/Hers

Katie Frett

Managing Director, Finance, Recruitment, and Human Resources

She/Her/Hers

Modesto Montero

Executive Director

He/Him/His

Troy Jackson

Director of Talent

He/Him/His

Lonnette Gordon

Dean of Student Supports

She/Her/Hers

Lower Academy

Jinette Gonzalez

She/Her/Hers
Teaching Fellow

Karen Basile

She/Her/Hers
Learning Specialist

Kayla Armamdo

She/Her/Hers
Dean of Humanities

Kendra Wilcox

She/Her/Hers
ELA Teacher

Lanissa Gardner

She/Her/Hers
Math Teacher

Merryliz Acevedo

She/Her/Hers
Ops Associate

Patrick Barone

He/Him/His
Math Teacher

Pedro Ortiz

He/Him/His
Dean of Students

Phelipe Johnson

He/Him/His
ELA Teacher, Grade 7 Chair

Rashad Smith

He/Him/His
Behavior Specialist

Upper Academy

Aaron Perry

He/Him/His
Seminar Teacher

AJ Santos

He/They
Principal in Residence

Libertas Academy

Benjamin Castellano

He/Him/His
Associate Dean of Students

Libertas Academy

Briant Jay Brown

He/Him/His
School Counselor

Eddie Jewel

He/Him/His
Enrichment Teacher

Elizabeth Espiritusanto

She/Her/Hers
Operations Associate

Emma Gianoplus

She/Her/Hers
Director of Operations

Jennifer Smith

She/Her/Hers
Learning Specialist

Lauren Williams

She/Her/Hers
Learning Specialist

Livia Bartels

She/Her/Hers
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