Principal: Candace hugee
Candace was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and attended public schools until twelfth grade. She spent her teenage summers tutoring students and helping to organize a neighborhood-based summer camp program. After graduating high school at 16 years old, Candace enrolled at Hunter College and received her bachelor’s degree in Media Communications and History. After college, she thoroughly enjoyed her job as a sports video editor for ABC; however, her passion for working with youth never left.
In her last year at Hunter College, she was hired as a school aide and paraprofessional in a junior high school located in the South Bronx. There, her passion for instruction and student achievement went ablaze, and she persuaded a career in teaching. For the next seven years, Candace taught in a variety of settings as a licensed special education and general education teacher, coordinator, student activities liaison and Director of Student Life. In 2013, Candace opened Origins High School and served as the Assistant Principal for 3 years. She earned her Master’s in Urban Education from Long Island University and Master’s of Education Administration from Brooklyn College. During her spare time, Candace enjoys taking her daughter on excursions, participating in pointe ballet classes, and baking.
As a native New Yorker and a local Brooklynite, it is a pleasure and an honor to serve your family as the Principal of Urban Assembly High School for Collaborative Healthcare.
School Secretary: Priscilla Upshaw
Ms. Upshaw was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Bernard M. Baruch, where she studied Human Resources Management. Ms. Upshaw is very passionate about fitness and literacy. She is a certified fitness professional and running coach. She volunteers her time at the Brooklyn Public Library, where she teaches adults to read and write.
Partnership Coordinator: Kara Hamilton
Kara Hamilton is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She earned a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College and a master's degree in Public Administration from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Hunter College. She is proud to be a founding staff member at UASCH. She enjoys watching documentaries and independent films. She hopes to attain native-level proficiency in Spanish and French in the future.
Parent Coordinator: Elovean Loveday
Ms. Loveday is a native New Yorker with roots in North Carolina. She attended Baruch College where she majored in Accounting and Business Adminstration. She worked at Dreyfus Corporation in the Tax Department before starting her own business, Loveday Publishing. Having her own buiness allowed her to volunteer at her son's school and still work. However, the events of 9/11 affected her business drastically. In 2003, she was hired as a Parent Coordinator and has worked for PS/IS 332, PS 631, and Multicultural High School. Ms. Loveday joined The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare family in the 2016/2017 school year. She works with youth during the week and the weekends. She is the Assistant Coordinator for the Brooklyn North Area Adventurers, the Secretary for the Brooklyn North Area Pathfinders, an Instructor for the Green Hornets Pathfinder Club (ages 10-17) and a teacher for the Blue Jays Adventurer Club (ages 4-9). Ms. Loveday enjoys cooking/baking, crocheting, knitting, sewing, solving puzzles, swimming, and singing. She is the leader of the praise team at her church. One of her favorite activities is going camping every year with her youngest son.
Guidance Counselor: Raquel August
Raquel Rodriguez August was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA from New York University and received a scholarship from the NYCDOE to attend Long Island University where she earned her MA in School Counseling. She is married and has a son. Outside of working with her students, she loves to cook and entertain for family and friends. She is currently attending Stony Brook University where she was awarded a fellowship to earn her Master's degree in School Building Leadership.
Social Worker: Jennifer Major
Ms. Major grew up in New Jersey and received her undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Unsure what she wanted to do, Ms. Major began by working in Crown Heights, Brooklyn at PS 138 as a 1st grade teacher. During that time she also earned a Master's in Education from Brooklyn College. Ms. Major realized quickly that teaching was not her passion and made a career switch. She studied social work at NYU where she received her Master's in Social Work. Ms. Major has been happily working as a school based social worker since 2006. In her spare time, Ms. Major spends time playing with Legos with the two loves of her life, her two young sons. She also spends time exercising every day to support her sugar habit, specifically cookies and chocolate.
Dean: Jeffrey Quarles
Mr. Quarles (Mr. Q.) was born and raised and is still residing in Bronx, New York, attended Hunter College, where he acquired his Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and has worked for various firms before making a career change to education in 2009. He is currently working on a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. In his spare time, he likes sports, eating Italian and seafood, and enjoying a great movie.
Assistant Dean: Sean Jones
Assistant Dean: Ray Motondo
English Teacher: Camille Ferrier
Ms. Ferrier grew up in Queens, New York. She attended Hunter College, where she studied Psychology and English Literature. She received a Master's in Education from New York University in 2005. In 2009 she received an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from Lincoln Memorial University. Ms. Ferrier is a partner in facilitating the jewelry making club.
English Teacher: evan delangelo
Mr. Dell'Angelo is a native New Yorker who graduated from East Tennessee State University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. He received his Master's in Education from the College of Staten Island. He has taught in various high schools and middle schools in Coney Island, Canarsie, and Bushwick. Mr. Dell'Angelo enjoys reading good books, watching good movies (and good anime), and also talking to good people. Mr. Dell'Angelo believes that there is no excuse for a lack of imagination.
English Teacher: Adam Cooper
For nearly two decades Adam Cooper has been teaching humanities and theater classes to young whippersnappers in the challenging world of NYC’s Alternative High Schools. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, he spent his formative years acting on stage in over 40 plays and musicals and programming computers when it was a novelty to do so. While studying theater and the humanities at Carnegie Mellon, he began his career as an educator teaching a class in basic computing skills. After studying dramatic writing in grad school at NYU, he continued teaching as a college instructor at three local universities before becoming a high school educator. He is also a playwright and theater critic, and he has devoted much energy toward making the world more humane as a progressive activist. While interested particularly in 20th century history and culture, he has naturally been a devotee of 1960’s history, arts, and counterculture.
Theater Teacher: Carla Savoy
Ms. Savoy grew up on a farm in Michigan and later moved to Seattle where she received her Fine Arts Degree in Theatre at Cornish Institute. Next was New York City where Ms. Savoy worked in cabaret, night clubs, and television as an actor and singer. She has played with her jazz band for over 20 years and her favorite theatre experience was performing sketch comedy with her ensemble LOUD BLOUSE. Ms. Savoy returned to school and now has a Master of Arts in Teaching Literature from Bard College. She produces our Winter and Spring Festivals which celebrate student talent in music, dance, and comedy, and co-directs the UASCH choir.
Science Teacher: DAn Holl
Mr. Holl grew up in San Diego, California. He completed college at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo with a major in Biological Sciences, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. He has taught at UASCH since it opened, leads the yearbook club, and runs the school website. His hobbies include running, surfing, and skateboarding.
Science Teacher: Diannan mithu
Diannan Mithu was born and raised in a South American country named Guyana. After migrating to the United States he attended The City College of New York where he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry with Honors and a Teaching License in Chemistry and General Science, Grades 7-12. Mr. Mithu is well acquainted with all science contents and has a passion for working with students who share deep interest for learning and investigating scientific phenomena. He is currently in his third year as an educator volunteers part time as a mentor. In addition to teaching chemistry, earth science and math, Mr. Mithu is currently the chair of our Student Council Body and serves as the Eleventh Grade Team Leader. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, traveling, and inspiring young minds to realize their full potential.
cte Teacher: anna potter
Ms. Potter grew up in North Carolina and moved to New York in 2007. She attended the University of North Carolina for her bachelor's degree, where she studied Anthropology and African Studies. She received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2011. She has worked in public education since 2013, when she began her teaching career as a family life and sexuality educator. Ms. Potter is passionate about social justice, and enjoys climbing and spending time in the ocean.
cte Teacher: gail jackson
Gail Jackson is from Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Jackson is currently teaching health occupation education and attending Brooklyn College for a Masters in Education. Ms Jackson also has an AS degree from CUNY's own Kingsborough Community College in Business Administration, and a BS degree from Metropolitan College of NY in Healthcare Administration. Ms. Jackson loves nursing as well; she started as a medical assistant, and tested for certifications, so she is also a CMA, certified EKG technician, Phlebotomist and Licensed Practical Nurse. Ms. Jackson is a healthcare minister for Brooklyn Community Church and loves to sing. Ms. Jackson is looking forward to completing her studies so she may free up time to start a healthcare club for her students who have a high interest in health. Ms. Jackson's' famous saying is "Bite the bullet..."
Math Teacher: kami soverall
Ms Soverall is a math teacher. She lives in New York. Additionally, she is a partner in facilitating the jewelry making club.
math Teacher: amonica phipps
Ms. Phipps was born in Hawaii and grew up in San Diego, California. She attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she double majored in Africana Studies and Economics. She returned to Rutgers, years later, to earn an MBA in Professional Accounting. Risky circumstances subsequently led her to a promising career change and a second Master's in Teaching. She is currently in her third year of teaching high school math. Ms. Phipps is committed to helping others and finds great pleasure in running.
math Teacher: karen remiszewski
Ms. Remiszewski was born and raised in New York City. She started her college studies at Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, studying vocal performance and Music Education. Ms. Remiszewski then transferred to Mercy College where she completed her studies in Mathematics and joined Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society in 2012. In 2013, Ms. Remiszewski obtained her Master's Degree in Adolescent Mathematics Education with a concentration in Special Education from Mercy College. Ms. Remiszewski is a trained broadway and operatic singer and is very passionate about promoting the arts and broadway musicals.
history Teacher: John ciano
Mr. Ciano grew up on Long Island and has lived in New York for 40 years. He attended Dowling College for his bachelor's degree, where he studied liberal arts and sciences. He received a Master's in Education from Fort Hays State University. He has worked in public education since 2002, when he began his teaching career at Central Park East Middle School in East Harlem. Mr. Ciano is passionate about training jiu jitsu, traveling, and BBQ.
spanish Teacher: rick black
Mr. Black is a native New Yorker. He received his BA in Spanish from The City College and his MST from The New School. He has lived and studied in Barcelona, Spain and Quito, Ecuador. His goal is to visit every continent before he dies, Antarctica included. He has only two to go.
enl Teacher: irving estella
Born and raised in New York City, Irving Estella grew up the son of Filipino immigrants in the Elmhurst section of Queens and attended Power Memorial Academy, an all-boys Catholic high school in Manhattan. After a year at the City College of NY (CUNY), he served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft electronics (avionics) technician. Mr. Estella completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA and went on to complete at Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) in St. Louis, MO. He served as an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America where he pastored congregations in the midwest, NJ and NY. With a desire to fulfill an earlier dream of teaching high school, Mr. Estella applied to the NYC Teaching Fellows and obtained his second masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Long Island University. Now in his eleventh year of teaching English as a Second/New Language, he enjoys watching young immigrants increase in proficiency and confidence as they acquire their new language and make their way as newcomers in a new country. Mr. Estella enjoys reading, listening to classical, jazz, and folk/roots music, and hiking upstate with his wife as often as time allows. He loves New York history and architecture and trains wherever they go, or used to go, throughout the city.
enl Teacher: emily lessem
Emily Lessem is a New York City native who grew up in Queens and Manhattan but now lives in Brooklyn. She attended Skidmore College in upstate New York for her Bachelor's in English and Spanish spending a year in Argentina and Chile. Emily taught English as a Second Language to adults in intensive English language programs in California and New York for eight years while also involved in political and labor activism. She recently received her Master's in Education at Hunter College and is in her first year teaching in a high school. Emily loves 90s hip hop, theater, chocolate in any form, going to the beach, and visiting new places. With graduate school finished, she plans to start doing ceramics after a long hiatus!
Special education Teacher: Clioria buchanan
Ms. Buchanan grew up in Jamaica and has lived in New York for 13 years. She attended the City College of New York. She has a Master's in Education. She started her own school in Jamaica 20 years ago. She enjoys traveling and hanging with friends.
Special education Teacher: camiele steele
Camiele was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. John's University and earned a Master's degree of Science in Education (MSEd) in Adolescent Special Education at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) last year. This is her third year teaching and she is continuously learning every day from her colleagues and students. She is excited and very enthusiastic to be working with a new population of students and making a difference in their lives. However, when she is not in the classroom, she likes to travel to different places that she has never been before.
Special education Teacher: treston rudder
paraprofessional: Dionne carol