Student Supports Team



Amy Polanco

Director of Student Supports 

Ms. Polanco was born in Brooklyn, NY, but was raised in Lawrence, MA. She attended Umass Dartmouth and earned a BA in Sociology and a minor in African American studies and has Master of Education from Umass Boston. In her free time she enjoys sharing spoilers to her friends and family. Let just say they do not appreciate it. She is a dog mom to 2 pups Milo & Chaos. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new foods and exploring the city. Her goal is to travel through all of Central and South America by 2025.






TesaMichael Testa

Special Education Coordinator

Michael Testa started his MESA journey teaching Global 10. He is so excited to be the Special Education Coordinator. As a history lover and student himself, he cannot wait to share his love for history with his students at MESA. Prior to joining MESA he spent time working at other Brooklyn schools while re received his Master's and then began taking classes at St. John’s University Law School before running back to the classroom! He loves theater, community, and the Yankees and hopes to share his passions and interests with the MESA community this year!