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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

Student Recruitment Coordinator

She/Her/Hers

Ben Cruse

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

He/Him/His

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

Rochelle Collins

Managing Director of Culture

She/Her/Hers

Lower Academy

Kendra Wilcox

She/Her/Hers
ELA Teacher

Kerry Baptiste

She/Her/Hers
ELA Teacher

Lanissa Gardner

She/Her/Hers
Math Teacher

Merryliz Acevedo

She/Her/Hers
Manager of Operations

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MJ Ross

He/Him/His
History Teacher

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Natalie Santiago

She/Her/Hers
ELA Specialist

Patrick Barone

He/Him/His
Science Teacher

Pedro Ortiz

He/Him/His
Dean of Students

Rachel Dowdell

She/Her/Hers
Creative Writing Teacher / Reading Interventionist

Shannon Lasiter

She/Her/Hers
Dean of Math

Upper Academy

AJ Santos

He/They
Principal in Residence

B Garrard

They/Them/Their
Student Support Teacher

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Benjamin Castellano

He/Him/His
Dean of Culture

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Briant Jay Brown

He/Him/His
School Counselor

Caroline Holladay

She/Her/Hers
Regular / Honors Algebra II Teacher

Elizabeth Espiritusanto

She/Her/Hers
Operations Associate

Ella Romanelli

She/They
Student Support Teacher

Emma Gianoplus

She/Her/Hers
Director of Operations

Glenn Yamell

He/Him/His
ELE Teacher

Isabel Giovacchini

She/Her/Hers
Dean of Math

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