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Steven Aragona| Executive Director

Vacant| Director - Teaching and Learning

Marjory Matthieu Kodjovi | Director - Student Services
Marjory Matthieu-Kodjovi is the Deputy Director for student Services in Manhattan, where she leads the student services team which includes: Climate and Culture, Attendance, Health, de-escalation, Crisis intervention and Guidance.  She serves as an advocate for change and provides policy and program guidance to student services managers in the MBO.  Before working as a member of the MBO, Marjory worked in the role of Senior Instructional Facilitator SPED in the PSO Cluster 5, where she oversaw and helped guide the special education reform in the 370 cluster schools.  Marjory holds a BS from City College of New York in Psychology, an MA in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University, a DEA in Clinical and Psychopathological Psychology from the Universite Paris VIII-Sorbonne Paris, France and a degree in educational administration from the College of St. Rose.  

Dorothy Robles | Director - Operational Supports
Dorothy Robles is the Manager for Operational Support at the MBO. As Director Dorothy is required to facilitate, communicate and coordinate with many different divisions within the DOE. Dorothy most recently was the Director of Human Resources with CFN 606. Prior to her time with the Children First Network Dorothy was the Deputy Director of Human Resources at the Office of School Support Services and the Division of School Facilities. Before this Dorothy worked for the Office of School Food & Nutrition Services holding various positions since February 2000 with increasing responsibilities including Deputy Director for School Food Training. Dorothy holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines.

Vacant| Director - Special Education 

Hong Ying Shen | Director - English Language Learners
Hongying Shen is currently the Deputy Director of English Language Learner for MBO. Before joining the MBO, she was the Director of English Language Learner Instruction (DELLI) of Cluster 5, where she oversaw a team of network ELL experts focused on supporting all schools in the New York City geographic area.  Before working as Cluster 5 DELLI, Hongying was the ELL instructional specialist for CFNs. Prior to that, she was the ELL instructional specialist for Community SSO and Region 9. She began her career in education as an ESL teacher in 1989 and she was also an instructional coach and ESL coordinator. She completed the training with High School Leadership Development Program in 2005 and was accepted into the New York City Department of Education’s Principal Candidate Pool. Hongying holds a Master’s degree in English from the City College of City University, New York and a Master of Science in Education from Baruch College.   

Rosemary Tafaro | Director - Business Services
Rosemary Tafaro is the Deputy Director for Finance and Human Resources, providing direction and support to a team of business professionals with expertise in school budget, human resources, procurement and payroll. Rosemary was most recently a Deputy Cluster Leader; she also served as the Deputy Executive Director for Business Services in the Manhattan Integrated Service Center. Prior to joining the Department of Education as a Deputy ROC Director in 2004, Rosemary worked at Columbia University in various roles including the Director of Planning and Budget for University Support Services. She earned the Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University and received her undergraduate degree from Emory University.

John Patterson | Manager - Data & Information Systems
John joined the Office of Academic Policy and Systems as the Deputy Director of User Support and Engagement in March 2013.  In that role, he provided city-wide support and training on DOE academic and biographical systems, including the STARS suite and ATS.  John focused on advocating for school and teacher needs in development, design, and implementation of new systems and features. Currently, as Manager for Data & Information systems, John supports all functional areas in the Manhattan Field Support Center with their unique data and technology needs.  Before joining the DOE, John spent 10 years at Kaplan K-12 and the Princeton Review working on a variety of educational technology initiatives.