Since its inception in 2001, Tompkins Square Middle School has been able to recruit and select all of its staff members. Teachers at TSMS understand the developmental needs of early adolescents, are strong designers of curriculum, and demonstrate a passion for learning. Adminstrative staff and paraprofessionals work hard to ensure that TSMS functions smoothly and meets the needs of all students. The school's rigorous hiring process combined with exceptionally low staff turnover has resulted in an extremely dedicated, committed, and intelligent community of educators who share a common vision.

Intense collaboration is a core professional value among staff members. All teachers meet together every morning before school begins for ten minutes to discuss the day's events and imminent student concerns. All staff also meets weekly to share common practices and to reflect upon their students' needs. Teachers meet by department weekly and by grade level at least once a month. Every spring, teachers attend a weekend retreat to reflect on the current school year and to set goals and plan for the upcoming year. Teachers regularly visit each other's classrooms, visit other schools, and attend professional development workshops. The professional conversations extend from the school year into annual summer meetings.

Since TSMS began, administrative and support staff members have played a key role with the teachers in both the school's development and the support of students. Overall, all staff members at TSMS are invested partners in both the current practices and continued growth of the TSMS community.

Staff Contacts and Teacher/Class Websites:

Rina Amos
RAmos [at]
7th Grade MathClass Website
Amy Anderla
AAnderla [at]
8th Grade Humanities 
Devan Aptekar
DAptekar [at]
8th Grade Science 
Lisa Ascalon
LAscalon [at]
Julie Biggane
JBiggane [at]
8th Grade MathClass Website
Clayton Braffith
CBraffith [at]
Physical Education 
Jacqueline Brown
JBrown [at]
6th Grade MathClass Website
Steffanie Burchette
SBurchette [at]
DanceClass Website
Bryce Cahn
BCahn [at]
Theatre ArtsTheatre Arts @ TSMS
Cara Cibener
CCibener [at]
6th Grade Humanities Class Website
Christine Clarke
CClarke [at]
Speech Language Therapist 
Alison Cohen
ACohen [at]
6th Grade ScienceClass Website
Yolanda Custodio
YCustodio [at]
Speech Language Therapist 
Marissa Diaz
212-995-1430 x3531
Guidance CounselorGuidance @ TSMS
Tracy Dulay
TDulay [at]
Occupational Therapist 
Sonhando Estwick
SEstwick [at]
Stacey Fell
SFell [at]
7th Grade HumanitiesClass Website
Sarah Fishstrom
SFishstrom [at]
6th Grade Humanities
Pamela Flanagan
PFlanagan [at]
6th Grade Science Class Website 
Rachelle Ford
RFord [at]
Rebecca Forlenza
RForlenza [at]
Social Worker 
Sara Garner
SGarner [at]
6th Grade MathClass Website
Belinda Goodman
BGoodman [at]
Rachel Gordon
RGordon [at]
7th Grade MathClass Website
Jesus Goris
JGoris [at]
Gina Hall
GHall [at]
Family Associate, School Assessment Team 
Vanvian Hoo
VHoo [at]
Social Worker 
Lillian Horton
LHorton [at]
Attendance Teacher 
Magda Irizarry
MIrizarry [at]
Supervising School Aide 
Justine Jones
JJones [at]
6th Grade Science Class Website 
Austin LaBoy
ALaBoy [at]
Lisa Lackey
LLackey [at]
ArtClass Website
Shirley Lee-Wong
SLee [at]
Parent CoordinatorWebsite
Lance Leener
LLeener [at]
8th Grade HumanitiesClass Website
Rachel Levinsky
RLevinsky [at]
Kyler Lofton
KLofton [at]
8th Grade Humanities Grade 7
Grade 8
Carole Mashamesh
CMashamesh [at]
7th Grade HumanitiesClass Website
Matthew Masterson
MMasterson [at]
Assistant Principal
Genevieve Moran
GMoran [at]
School Psychologist 
Alison Moy
AMoy [at]
8th Grade MathClass Website
Akeem Oliver
AOliver [at]
8th Grade ELA & Science
Frances Quezada
FQuezada [at]
School Secretary  
Elizabeth Root
ERoot [at]
ArtClass Website
Rawley Rosa
RRosa [at]
James Salazar
JSalazar [at]
7th Grade Science Class Website
Ellie Shrier
EShrier [at]
7th Grade HumanitiesClass Website
Michael Steinberg
MSteinberg [at]
Technology Coordinator 
Ginger Stevens
GStevens [at]
6th Grade HumanitiesClass Website
Cassian Thompson
CThompson [at]
Office: (212) 995-1430, ext 3370
After School Assistant Director
Education Alliance at TSMS
Matt Tripaldi
MTripaldi [at]
6th & 7th Grade Humanities

Last updated 9/23/16