Instructional Leadership Team

PFPrincess François-Estévez

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mrs. François-Estévez, a Brooklyn native, graduated from Columbia University with a history major and pre-medical concentration. Her teaching career started with Teach for America where she worked as a special education and science high school teacher in her home neighborhood. During her time as a teacher, she completed her master’s degree at Hunter College in Adolescent Special Education and a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Her biggest accomplishment so far has been winning the national Milken Educator Award in 2019 for her educational impact. She has a passion for traveling and helping students of color overcome barriers in STEM. In her personal time, she is an extensively featured travel blogger who shares her expertise on micro-cations, domestic travel, and Black travel while she seeks to visit at least 50 countries and all 50 states by the age of 50.

 

 

CGJames Willett

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mr. Willett was born in a small town in the outback of Australia where he spent his school years. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Newcastle, balancing his love of mathematics with his love of sports and travel. Since becoming a teacher, he taught in both England and Australia before joining the MESA team in 2016. In his spare time, you will find him searching the country for amazing outdoor activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JWShaquise Elie

Director of Humanities

Elie was born and raised in Boston, MA. He attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and Fordham University where he received his Master of Science in Teaching. Mr. Elie's passions in teaching are decentering whiteness in Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculums and putting joy back into classrooms. Outside of work, he enjoys working out and listening to podcasts. If you visit his classroom or office, ask him about his niece or puppy, Kendi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JBJessica Bloom

Director of Student Supports

Ms. Bloom grew up just outside of New York City. She attended Syracuse University where she majored in pre-medical studies and nutrition science and minored in psychology. After college, Ms. Bloom began teaching as a member of the 2011 Teach for America Corps where she worked as a Special education and science teacher with 9th through 12th graders. During this time she completed her master’s degree at Hunter College and participated in the Sci-Ed Fellowship where she gained additional experience in facilitating students’ active engagement in science, including participation in a  science fair. During her free time, Ms. Bloom enjoys dance, yoga, and outdoor summer activities.

 

 

 

JSJohn Sullivan

Director of Teacher and Student Development

Mr. Sullivan grew up on the beaches of Central New Jersey (no he did not go to high school with any cast members of the Jersey Shore). He has recently moved back to the NYC area after five years of teaching at a charter school in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was a founding teacher at the Williamsburg Charter High School. In his free time, he enjoys going on day trips and adventures with his wife and two sons. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and having a healthy obsession with meteorology. Urban planning, architecture, street design, and neighborhood observations fill the rest of what little time he has left each day. As a huge believer in what communities can accomplish, cooperation and compassion, he is very excited to be a part of a team that displays so much of both!