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Leadership & Administration

Yuet M. Chu | Executive Director
Yuet led Children’s First Network 103 since September 2007. In that position, she has facilitated a cross-functional team supporting 30 schools, mostly in Manhattan. She focused on collaborating with superintendents and community partners to open, restructure,and reunify schools as determined by community needs; expand CTE, ELL, and early college programs; and develop leadership pathways for teachers and administrators. Yuet started her DOE career at Manhattan’s School of the Future in 1996, and spent ten years there as a teacher and Middle School Director. Prior to the DOE, Yuet worked in sales and marketing for Bernstein Investment Research & Management. She earned a Masters in Ed Leadership from Touro College, a Masters in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from Hunter, and a Bachelors in Economics & Political Science at Yale. 

Lisa H. Pilaski | Director - Teaching and Learning
Before joining the Manhattan Borough Office (MBO) as Deputy Director for Teaching Learning, Lisa served as Network Leader for CFN 108, starting in August 2012. She began her career in education through Peace Corps as a mentor and new teacher trainer in Belize. Upon returning to the United States, she spent the next five years as a P-adult ESL and early elementary dual language and bilingual teacher in Oklahoma and the Bronx, as well as earned a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from TC. Following a year at Harvard to earn a Masters in Education Policy and Management, she moved to California, serving as Coordinator of State and Federal Programs as well as Special Assistant to the Superintendent in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Lisa has been back home in New York since 2008, first as Director of Achievement for a network and then at central as Senior Director of Common Core Initiatives.

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.

Ben Schott | Director - Special Education 
As the Manhattan Deputy Field Support Director for Special Education, Ben leads a team of Administrators for Special Education and Specialized Student Support Leads to ensure the success of students with disabilities for Manhattan schools.  Ben began his career in education as a founding teacher at the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA).  As a part of the founding faculty at UASPA, he designed an inclusive special education program and served in the capacity of Special Education Teacher and Special Education Coordinator.   Ben later transitioned into a leadership role at UASPA serving as Assistant Principal.  Ben continued his commitment to working on behalf of students with disabilities and took on the role of Administrator for Special Education (ASE) for Children’s First Network 105.  As ASE for a network of 24 schools, Ben was responsible for  implementing the special education reform and ensuring students receive mandated services.  Prior to joining the New York City Teaching Fellows and earning his MS in Education of Adolescents with Disabilities from The City College of New York, Ben was an opera singer and Artistic Manager earning his Bachelor Degree from the Julliard School and represented opera singers as a member of the Artist Management team at Janice Mayer and Associates, LLC. 

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.

J. Greyston Holmes | Manager - Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Greyston lends support to the MBO by managing borough-wide special projects/initiatives, communications, and strategic partnerships; he is the sitting Manhattan Bee Keeper. Greyston previously spent his days on the Assessment Team, which is responsible for the operationalization of citywide test administration and scoring. He project managed the launch of in-school scanning for NYSED 3 – 8 ELA & Math Examinations. Prior to joining the DOE, he served as a Policy Advisor for Mayor Cory A. Booker in the City of Newark, New Jersey. While in Newark, he received his MPA from the Rutgers-Newark. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Virginia Club of New York. Greyston also serves on Right To Play’s Champions Network of Young Professionals.

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.