Wayne Seymore, Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher — Coach Seymore was born and raised in New York City, and has lived in both Harlem and the South Bronx. In 2005 he graduated from Lehman College with his Bachelors’ Degree in recreation education in middle and high school. He has been working in the school system as a basketball coach and teacher since 2008. He enjoys playing and watching sports, and has a great passion for fitness. Coach Seymore strives to be the best at his craft and to be a positive role model for the youth in the inner-city.
Yasmar Cruz, Dance Teacher — Originally from Puerto Rico, Yasmar began her artistic training early in life in her hometown, which led her to participate at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City while she was in middle school. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, with a degree in Performing Arts and Public Relations. She attended Florida International University in Miami, where she trained in a variety of dance styles and became a member of Delou African Dance Ensemble. In Miami, she had the opportunity to perform with renowned artists and choreographers, such as Janis Brener, on various musical productions. After living in Florida, Yasmar returned to Puerto Rico and founded Danzartes, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to promoting Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean dance and culture. She moved to New York City in 2011, and became the Cultural Dance Program coordinator for the Brooklyn Music School. Besides dancing, Yasmar explores other arts such as acting, creative writing, production and singing. She has written and directed various theater plays including “I Love Salsa” The Musical and “El Espejo” which have been presented at Theater Festivals such as New York Frenzy, Festival de Teatro de Otono (Cuba) and Festival Casa Navarrette (Dominican Republic). In Cuba, she trained with companies such as Ballet Folklorico de Oriente, Teatro de la Danza del Caribe y Ballet Folklorico Cutumba. Her first book “Rios de Sol” (Sun Rivers) was published in New York by La Ovejita de Papel. and was presented at the International Writers Festival Florez Junto al Mar in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Raldane Cunningham, Physical Education Teacher — Coach Cunningham PE/Health teacher and Soccer/Track Coach was born in Jamaica W.I. He migrated to the USA at age 16. After completing high school he attended New York City Technical College where he studied Architecture. During college he worked as a personal trainer/Group fitness Instructor. Months after graduating he realized that his love for fitness exceeds working as a architect, he continued working as a trainer. To improve his knowledge in fitness he pursued a degree in Exercise Science at Brooklyn College. Upon completing his matriculated studies, he realized that inner city youths are in need of proper health and fitness programs. He worked in after school enrichment programs for a few years until he became a PE/health teacher. His dream is to teach inner city youths the importance of health and fitness.
Frankie Haggerty, Music Teacher — Mr. Haggerty was born in Long Island, New York, and grew up in Valley Stream. Shout out to Green Acres Mall! His father started his own DJ company while Mr. Haggerty was very young. He started working for the company at the age of 8, and became a seasoned professional at the age of 16. While becoming a DJ extraordinaire, he practiced his mastery of the trombone and music theory. Mr. Haggerty's musicality was woven together while studying Music Production and Music Anthropology at New York University (NYU). He has produced various genres of music including hip hop, EDM, pop, etc. He has performed all over the east coast, and was featured in Miami Music Week's Moombahton festival.