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Sowing Seeds for the Next Generation

We believe in the power and potential of all young people. We are passionate change makers who work to give them the opportunities to realize their dreams.

The DREAM team works tirelessly to serve over 2,500 youth and their families in East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Newark. 

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Congratulations to 2019 Teacher of the Year: Tasia Burroughs!

DREAM’s Teacher of the Year award recognizes an exceptionally dedicated and impactful teacher who inspires students, families, fellow teachers, and the entire DREAM community. DREAM is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Teacher of the Year award goes to Tasia Burroughs!

Tasia Burroughs was a founding teacher at DREAM Charter High School and has been teaching there for two years. This past year, she volunteered to help teach a math class so she could provide extra support to students who needed it, and she stepped up to coach the dance team and lead the yearbook team. Even with these extra responsibilities, Tasia made sure that every student she taught had a way to access the material, regardless of their background or learning style. Her colleagues describe her as a teacher who “embodies DREAM values and shows up to work every day with love, energy, and determination.”

We’re proud to celebrate the success of our teachers. Congrats Tasia!

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Richard Berlin

Executive Director
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Eve Colavito

Chief Education Officer
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Jeremy Abarno

Chief Talent Officer
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Kara Brockett

Elementary School Principal
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Melissa Cedeño

Managing Director of Family and Community Engagement
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Felicia Crump

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
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James DiCosmo

Director of Strategic Finance
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Katie Doctor

Managing Director of Educational Strategy and Data
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Chanda Gibson

Chief Advancement Officer
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Sebnem Giorgio

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
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Lori Riddick

Managing Director of Schools
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"At DREAM, I work with people who thrive on being innovative. I get to work alongside colleagues who are genuinely invested and motivated by the well-being of the youth and families we work with."

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