Danielle was born and raised in Queens and attended a small, developing charter for middle school and high school. She is a Posse, Fulbright scholar and poet. She has three master’s degrees in English Education, Educational Leadership and a Master of Fines Arts. She has studied abroad in Namibia and South Africa and taught high school for a year in Indonesia. She has spent over a decade committed to Title 1 education in urban areas. She was a Teach for America fellow in the Bronx, a founder of a charter high school for students in foster care, taught English, Creative Writing and Special Education for elementary, middle and high schools and most recently came to Northside from West Oakland, California where she focused on intervention, restorative justice, teacher coaching and professional development and innovative behavior supports and programming. She believes deeply in the arts and strives to hold spaces for young people to explore, create and discover.
Racquel started her career in the After-school programs, serving young children ages 5 through 14 in the South Bronx, New York. Racquel then moved on to help the high school student’s grades 9 through 12 and has been a part of the Charter School sector for more than a decade.
In Racquel’s current role, she ensures that the daily operational functions of the school are being fully executed. Previously, she was part of a team that successful opened the first stand-alone Charter High School in Brooklyn. This helped her get promoted to the position of Director of Replication that opened two additional Charter High Schools in Brooklyn. Racquel is currently one of the founding members of Northside Charter High School and strongly believes that:” it takes a village to raise a child.” We all need to do our part to help the future generation of America”.
Lori began her career in the private sector, working for over a decade as a leader at Charles Schwab & Co., in California and Massachusetts. She has been part of the nonprofit world for almost two decades, working in children’s grief support in New England; in K-8 education and at the San Francisco Zoo. Lori also served as the COO for Girls For A Change, a national nonprofit that provides training and empowerment in social change for middle and high school girls living in low-income neighborhoods; for Free the Slaves, an anti-slavery organization based in Washington, D.C.; and on the ground in Liberia working on reforming girls’ education. She believes today’s young people will change the world for the better.