The School Leadership Team (SLT) is mandated for all New York City Schools. It is comprised of teachers, administrators, the school principal, a PTA representative, and elected parents. The SLT is responsible for developing the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and ensuring that it is aligned with the school-based budget. SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. The SLT meets once a month on the third Thursday afternoon to discuss the school’s comprehensive education plan (CEP), budgetary matters, after school, PTA, and any other pressing issues.

2023-2024 SLT Members

Principal *

Michelle Verdiner

United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter Leader *

Marie Sarabia


  • Melissa Bernstein
  • Tiana Green
  • Shuli Hamooz

Teachers College Representative

Amy Hawley Alvarez

Community Board 9, Member

Deidre Brown


  • Niambi Rollins
  • Ayishah Irvin 
  • Charisma Marius
  • Stephanie Ramsey

Parent Association Co-President *

Joelle Oh

* Mandatory membership

Core Responsibilities

The work of the team will focus on two core responsibilities:

  • The creation of the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), including annual goals and objectives.
  • The development of a school-based budget and staffing plan aligned with the CEP.

The current CEP and SLT Bylaws are downloadable below:

Non-Member Participation

The regularly scheduled SLT meetings, see below, are open to the entire school community. Members of the school community who are not SLT members may request speaking time at meetings to discuss specific topics. All such requests must be submitted in writing to the Chairperson (Principal Verdiner) at least a week in advance of scheduled meeting.

2023-2024 School Year Schedule (all meetings are virtual)
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 4:00PM
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 4:00PM