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Message from the Principal


Dear families,


On behalf of the founders, board of trustees, faculty, and staff of Central Brooklyn Ascend Lower School, I extend a warm welcome! We recognize that you chose where to enroll your scholar— one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent or guardian—and we are honored that you have selected Central Brooklyn Ascend. Your choice represents your faith in us, and we are firmly committed to maintaining your trust. 


We look forward to working with you to fulfill our vision of educational excellence for every scholar, understanding that your support is crucial to our success. Research has revealed a clear link between family involvement and academic performance, and we seek to leverage that power to realize each child’s full potential. 


Thank you for choosing Central Brooklyn Ascend Lower School. We have an exciting and productive year ahead of us! 



Shani Foster



Our approach

Our leadership team



Shani Foster

Assistant Principal of Operations

Dominique Artamin


Principal in Residence

Assistant Principal, Grade 3

Christina Pena


Assistant Principal, Grade K-2

Garensha Sanon


Assistant Principal Grade 2 & 4

Albert Lowe

Operations Team
Operations Manager  

Joana Vargas

Operations Associate

Mark Manansala


Our approach

Our staff


KA- Saint Michael's College

Patricia Bell

Jennifer Burke


KB- Brooklyn College

Octavia Jackson

Derrick Shaw


KC- University of Pittsburgh

Daryan Barnes

Ankita Dewan

Grade 1

1A- Boston University

Kianna Odom  

Caroline Yaksich

1B- SUNY New Paltz

Victoria Ennab

Daisy Poliandro

1C- Hunter College

Estelle Chough

Shanell Roberts

Grade 2

2A- Bowie State University

Kristen Davis

Kate Hildreth

2B- Susquehanna University (SU)

Arielle Hensley

2C- Skidmore Colleg

Angelica Laburda

Meet the CBACS SPECIALS Team here

Grade 4

4A- Florida International University (FIU)

Angie Montalvo

Samson Sosanyo 

4B- Brooklyn College

Mashawnna Snead

4C- Morgan State University

Michelle Barrett

Charline Setrana

Grade 3

3A- Old Westbury

Janice Hansen

Lauren Howe

3B- Adelphi University

Melinda Wong

3C- Pace University

Luv Allen

Mentor Teacher, Gr. 2-4

Arkeeda Jones




Sasha Fisher , Gr. K-2

Micah Gardner, Gr. K-2

Shakirah Cubia, Gr. 3-4 

Capoeira - Brazilian Martial Arts

Leanardo Da Silva


Byron Downer

Mindfulness /Yoga


Student Services

Student Services Coordinator

Aileen Camejo

School Counselor

Rebecca Goldman

Social Worker

Emily Uhar

SETSS/Intervention Team

SpEd Teacher, SETSS/Intervention,  Gr. K-2

Rebecca Dolfi

SpEd Teacher, SETSS/Intervention, Gr. 3-4

Melissa Ogden 

ENL Teacher, Gr. K-4

Seraphine Lin 


Culture Associate/Mentor Teacher Grades K-4

April Shiver