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June Update From Our Clinton Hill Middle School

Our second middle school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle will open in in the fall of 2016. Thanks to the  the New York City Department of Education, we will be located for two years at 300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn.  Our new, permanent facility is under construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, and is expected to be ready for use by the fall of 2018.Modeled after our Windsor Terrace Middle School and serving Community School District 13 (CSD13), BPCS Clinton Hill Middle will be led by two Brooklyn Prospect veterans: Jackie DeLuca and Kim Raccio.

Find Out More About Our Team!

Jackie DeLuca, Founding Middle School Principal

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Jackie DeLuca, currently the head of our middle and high school literacy department, has been named principal of our newest school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle. As a literacy expert, Jackie’s leadership within our organization has brought the issue of student literacy to the forefront of our programs. Her impact across both our middle and high schools, has been life changing for our students.

Jackie joined Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in 2012 as a founding middle school reading intervention specialist. During her tenure at Brooklyn Prospect, she demonstrated tremendous leadership in orchestrating key strategic initiatives to improve the quality of reading and writing instruction across our middle and high schools. A seasoned educator and experienced administrator, Jackie understands the transformational impact that developing rich reading lives can have on young minds.

Jackie received her B.A. in psychology from Macalester College and her M.A. from Pace University, where she majored in middle school education and specialized in working with students with disabilities. Jackie’s deep understanding of the importance of student literacy was ignited early in her career when she served as a Teach for America Corps member at Mott Hall III Academy in the Bronx, and later as a founding special education teacher and special education coordinator at Achievement First East New York Middle School in Brooklyn.  Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Jackie was also awarded a Michael Jordan Foundation grant, which she used to plan and orchestrate the full development of a middle school library, converted from a vacant classroom.

Jackie is currently undergoing rigorous preparation as a Relay Graduate School National Principals Academy Fellow, alongside former middle school principal and current Director of Academics, LaNolia Omowanile.

In the fall, Jackie will share leadership of BPCS- Clinton Hill Middle with Kim Raccio, BPCS K-12 Principal, New School Development. Our Clinton Hill Middle founding class of students and teachers will surely benefit from Ms. DeLuca’s knowledge, teaching experience, and determination to foster a warm and inviting educational environment.


Kim Raccio, Principal, New School Development

Kim Raccio joined Brooklyn Prospect Schools in 2012, as the founding principal of Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School.  During her first years at Brooklyn Prospect, Kim led the high school to become one of the few non-select New York City public schools authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School to offer the prestigious Diploma Program.

This school year, Kim is “cross-training” as a principal leader at our elementary school. Prior to joining Brooklyn Prospect, Kim served as the Assistant Head of Academics and founding academic director of the American Studies Program at the Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, U.K. Kim began her teaching career in Connecticut with Schooner, Inc., The Connecticut SeaGrant Program, as well as Hamden Hall Country Day School.

A globally minded educator who is passionate about innovative educational programs, Kim received her B.S. in biology from Southern State University and her M.A. in education leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in International Education at the University of Bath (UK).  She also serves on accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a private consultant specializing in UK/US hybridized educational programs.

Kim is excited to use her founding, teaching, and leaderships skills to support program development at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School - Clinton Hill Middle!

Kelly Vaughan, Science

A founding BPCS High faculty member, science teacher, and department head, Kelly has been on the Brooklyn Prospect team since 2009. Kelly graduated from Stanford University as well as the Columbia University Teacher's College. She is a former Fulbright Teacher, where she taught in Instanbul, and is a recipient of the ING Unsung Heroes Grant. 

Beatrice White, Mathematics

Was former faculty member of BPCS High, where she was a founding teacher. Beatrice returns to us as a faculty member of BPCS Clinton Hill Middle. Beatrice is a graduate of Carlton College as well as Colombia University Teachers College.

Jaime Pereira,  ELA Learning Specialist/Reading Intervention

Joins us from The Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn where she served as the 7th grade team leader and an ICT teacher in 6th-10th grade ELA, Social Studies, and Science classes.

Danielle Camero, Learning Specialist & IEP Coordinator

Joins us from Achievement First ENY where she worked as a Learning Specialist and Guided Reading teacher. Previously a Special Education Teacher and SPED Coordinator at Democracy Prep, Danielle also lived and taught in Hawaii as a Teach for America Corps member.

Kim Cason, Dean of Students Joins us from Restoration Center of Hope where Kim served as the Youth Director. Previously a student advocate at Harlem Children’s Zone and the Assistant Director of Spring Creek After School.
Hyein DeGannes, Mandarin

Is fluent in Mandarin, Korean, and English, and holds degrees from Renmin University of China, NYU Steinhardt School Of Education, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Foreign Language Education. 

Ayinde George, Physical Education

Joins us from Packer Collegiate where he has worked for many years as long-term sub and coach of various sports teams. Ayinde is also a head coach with Park Slope United Soccer Club.

Lauren Gershkow, Math & Science Learning Specialist

Joins us from the International Community School in London where she worked as a Special Education teacher co-teaching the IB middle-years curriculum for all core subject areas. Previously a special education teacher at Tompkins Square Middle School in NY. Lauren also holds a masters degree in school counseling.

Grace Lindsey, Humanities

Has been a BPCS faculty member since 2015 in the humanities department. Grace is a graduate of Yale University, and is currently pursuing her masters degree at Relay Graduate School of Education. She has taught 3 summers with Breakthrough Collaborative.

Maria Amate Perez, Spanish

Currently a member of the MS faculty at BPCS Windsor Terrace Middle, teaching Spanish Phase I and a 6th grade advisor.

300 Willoughby Avenue


300 Willoughby Avenue

Our permanent facility, currently under construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, is expected to be ready for use by the fall of 2018.