As Executive Director, Tom oversees the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for the school overall, grades K-12. Before coming to Hyde Leadership Charter School, Tom served as Founding Head of School at the SEED Foundation in Washington, D.C. The SEED Foundation supports a network of urban, public boarding schools, including campuses in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Miami. Tom’s work at SEED included school start-up planning and educational program development, as well as technology for teaching, learning, and idea sharing across the SEED network. Before working at SEED, Tom helped found Keystone Academy, a K-12 school in Beijing, China, and worked for an educational technology start-up in California called StudySync. Over the course of his career, Tom has held many leadership and teaching positions, including Head of School, Associate Head of School, High School Principal, Director of College Counseling, English teacher, environmental science teacher, and math teacher. Tom brings to Hyde his passionate commitment to developing the unique potential of each student through progressive education, whole-child engagement, and family partnership.
As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen has responsibility for all non-instructional operations of the school and is a member of the Hyde Senior Leadership Team. Prior to joining Hyde Leadership Charter School, Stephen was Chief Operating Officer of TurtleBay Advisory Services LLC, a business advisory firm in New York City, which provided project management and business transformation expertise to the financial services industry. At TurtleBay, Stephen was the senior financial officer and oversaw human resources, vendor and contract management, and customer experience. Stephen is a skilled manager of financial operations and has held senior executive positions at both world-class banks and asset management firms, including The Capital Group Companies, Mellon Financial Corp., and Bankers Trust Co.
Stephen is dedicated to educating children and is especially passionate about providing all children with equal access to excellent schools. He is currently a Trustee at Manhattan Country School, a progressive, mission-based school in New York City founded by his parents over 50 years ago. Stephen is a graduate of Connecticut College, where he majored in government and English. He is a native New Yorker, where he currently lives with his wife and son.
Amaris is thrilled to be joining Hyde Leadership Charter School as Elementary School Director this year! Amaris brings to Hyde Elementary School over 20 years of educational leadership experience, including work as a teacher, counselor, and principal both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Amaris was the Director of Teaching and Learning at The American School of Sao Paolo in Brazil. Her passion for creating joyful learning spaces, deep knowledge of expeditionary instruction, and fluency in both Spanish and English are immeasurable assets to our school community in the South Bronx. Amaris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, and a Principle Certification from the University of St. Thomas.
Lex is in her fifth year as Middle School Director. She received an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and two master’s degrees from both Pace University and Columbia University. Lex holds her master’s degrees in Education and a New York Principal Certification.
In addition, Lex has experience as a classroom teacher and has held other school leadership positions. She began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, followed by years of experience as a teacher, dean, and school director. Lex joined the Hyde Senior Leadership Team in 2012.
Celia is in her seventh year as High School Director following three years as a Hyde classroom teacher. She participated in the Charter Center’s Principal Support Network and was awarded an Emerging Leader Fellowship for the 2009 – 2010 school year. During her time at Hyde, she has been involved in developing curriculum, chairing the social studies, science, and language departments, as well as many extracurricular activities. Some of these activities included developing and organizing the Dynamics of Difference Committee, student interview panels, and wilderness trips, as well as coaching the school track team.
Prior to joining Hyde, Celia worked as a teacher at The Lorge School and The Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women. At each organization she took on a leadership role becoming a Director of School Culture and Dean, respectively. Additionally, while at Binghamton University, Celia was a co-founder of the local chapter of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She has her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Philosophy from Binghamton University and was awarded the Clifford D. Clark Fellowship for work on her master’s degree. She received a second master’s degree in education with a concentration in adolescent social studies from Pace University. Celia was a 2005 Teach For America corps member.
Liz Springer started at Hyde in 2006 as a founding teacher and Special Education Coordinator before taking on additional leadership roles at the school, including Middle School Director and now Special Education Director. As the Special Education Director, she oversees Hyde’s Special Education program K-12. She is a fierce advocate for inclusive education and works closely with the Leadership Team to ensure all students have access to rigorous and individualized instruction and learning experiences.
Liz started teaching as a Special Education Teacher in LaPlace, Louisiana with the Teach For America 2002 Greater New Orleans corps, and she has taught in Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx. She has worked with students with a range of disabilities in varied settings. Liz graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received her Master of Science in Special Education from Queens College in 2009. In her spare time, Liz enjoys swimming, reading, drawing, hiking, and learning how to do new things.
Josh joined Hyde Leadership Charter School as an 8th grade special education teacher in 2011, following a career in business consulting. After serving for 3 years in the classroom, including roles as a special education teacher, grade level liaison, baseball coach, and high school English teacher, Josh transitioned to become the school’s Director of Development and Communications in 2014.
Josh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with High Honors and a minor in English, as well as Fordham University, where he earned a Master of Science in Teaching both special education and secondary English. Josh is an alumnus of Teach For America’s 2011 New York Corps.
Laura graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, and went on to become a teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. As a Teaching Fellow, Laura earned a Master of Science in Education from City College. While Laura began her career in education as a math teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts, she later joined Hyde Leadership Charter School in 2008.
Now heading into her ninth year at Hyde, Laura has taught all levels of high school math, has served as Math Department Head, has coached both soccer and track, and has overseen the National Honor Society program at the school. Laura transitioned to become Hyde’s Director of Recruitment in the spring of 2016. Because of her dedication to Hyde students, Laura continues to teach one math class per year and also leads a high school Discovery Group.