Created and Organized to serve our community

At Classical we believe in collaborative decisions made by stakeholders at all levels. This allows us to stay close to the work and always make decisions that are in the best interest of our Scholars and families. It also makes it possible for us to operate and innovate at a network level with only a small team of network leaders. This leadership structure at Classical Charter Schools contributed to our ability to transition to remote learning in less than three days while maintaining attendance rates above 90% in live-taught, consistently excellent classrooms. 

Meet the network team at Classical, the #1 non-CMO network in New York City. 

Meet Our Network Staff

Mr. Long

Lester Long graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, where he majored in Economics, while also concentrating in Government. Immediately thereafter, he started his career in investment banking, rising from an entry level analyst to Vice President within six years, and working for firms such as Societe Generale and Lehman Brothers. 

With a desire to share his success, Long began a second career teaching elementary school in the South Bronx through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, which places accomplished professionals from other fields in the City’s most under-performing schools. Mr. Long taught literacy, mathematics, music, and physical education to general and special education students of all grades. While teaching during the day, he earned a Master’s in Elementary Education from Hunter College at night.



Ms. Caraballo

Director of Operations

Manhattanville College


Dr. Cassaberry-Furby

Director of Business

Adelphi University


Ms. Davis

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Loyola University


Ms. Epstein

Director of Scholar Services

Indiana University


Mr. Lucey

Director of Data and Research

NYU Stern School of Business


Dr. Emmerson-Pace

Curriculum Manager

University of Connecticut


Mr. Ganaganayagam

Brand Strategy Manager

Binghamton University

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Mr. Gonzalez


Rutgers University


Ms. Maguire

Data Manager

Tufts University


Ms. Nyantakyi

Talent Manager

Cornell University


Ms. Ramirez

Business Manager

DeVry University

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Ms. French

Network School Psychologist

Ithaca College


Mr. Ayres

Talent Associate

Rutgers University


Ms. Boak

Curriculum Planner

University of St. Andrews


Mr. Davis

Curriculum Planner

Rutgers University


Mr. Hummel

Data Associate

Loyola University


Ms. Roy

Talent Associate

George Mason University


Ms. Gordon

Talent Associate

Penn State


Ms. Negron

Data Associate

Lehigh Valley


Ms. Weitekamp

Part-Time Talent Advisor

University of California, Berkeley


Ms. Feliz

Business Associate

Monroe College


Ms. Emanuele

Special Projects Manager

St. Joseph’s University

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Ms. Thomas

High School Advisor

Hunter College

Board of Trustees

Classical Charter School succeeds under the guidance and support of its Board of Trustees: a diverse group of industry leaders that operates with a commitment to advancing our work and maximizing our impact in the South Bronx. 

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Enroll Today!

Classical Charter Schools is 4x recipient of the National Blue Award for Excellence. We offer busing to and from school, free tutoring, after-school programs and additional programs to support children to become well-rounded individuals.
Enrollment applications open November 1st at all four school in the South Bronx. Apply now, before spaces run out.   Please see the memo from our Executive Director about our 2022 State test results.