Organized to Best Serve Scholars
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.
Meet the network team behind Classical Charter Schools, the #1 non-CMO charter network in New York City.
Meet Our Network Staff
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.
Northwestern State University
Stony Brook University
St. John's University
Lehigh Valley College
University of California, Berkeley
New York University
University of North Carolina
University of California, Los Angeles
Board of Trustees
Classical 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.