Faculty & Staff
Nakia Haskins was born and raised in Brooklyn. She wanted to lead a quality school in her neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant. In the Fall of 2007, she and members of the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Children for Children, applied to open the Brooklyn Brownstone School. Ms. Haskins brings with her an exceptionally diverse background in education, gaining her first exposure to the field as a Teach for America Corps Member. Ms. Haskins went on to Columbia University’s prestigious Teachers College, where she earned a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. After graduating from Teachers College, Ms. Haskins spent a year abroad teaching at Ghana’s Bagabaga Training College. Upon returning to the U.S., Ms. Haskins was accepted into New Leaders for New Schools and enrolled at Baruch College. She went on to be principal of a charter school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and then served as assistant principal of a middle school to broaden her administrative experience. Ms. Haskins is very involved in getting to know her students and parents, greeting students as they arrive and depart each and every day. She, the faculty and staff take personal responsibility for the success of each student that enters the Brooklyn Brownstone School.
Art Teacher (Principal Apprentice and Peer Collaborative Teacher)
Alexander Brunner is originally from Buffalo, NY. He is a lifelong learner and has attended Daemen College, Brooklyn College, Concordia University, and Baruch College, earning degrees in Visual Arts Education, Painting, Educational Leadership and School Building Administration. He is a practicing artist and art advocate. He believes that art education is especially necessary today. "If we deprive ourselves of the arts, we close the door to innovation and success. Art develops creativity within the students, fostering young members of the community to become better thinkers with new ideas in a competitive global economy." He is excited to be working with the students and getting involved in the community!
Special Education Teacher Support Services (Peer Collaborative Teacher)
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Jacqueline Samayoa graduated from Brooklyn College in 2002, and recently received her Masters’ Degree in Bilingual Education. She taught Art in public and private schools for the past 8 years, and is very excited to be teaching pre-kindergarten this year.
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Dominique Glover was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area. She is a graduate of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and is currently studying education at Hunter College. She has been working at an after-school program for several years and truly enjoys working with children. Ms. Glover is excited to see how she can help the children of TBBS grow this upcoming school year.
Miriam Balfour graduated form York College with a degree in Elementary/ Special Education.She began her teaching career as a daycare teacher. She attended The College of Mt. Saint Vincent where she received her graduate degree. Mrs. Balfour was later awarded the Ennis William Cosby Scholarship at Fordam University. She has worked in this community for many years and has a vested interest in the success of all students. Mrs. Balfour was an Early Childhood Coordinator (with The NYC Department of Early Childhood) before joining the Brooklyn Brownstone.
Crystal Sears is a graduate of Dowling College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Humanities. She later attended Hunter College where she obtained a Masters Degree in Literacy Education. Prior to teaching at Brooklyn Brownstone School, she taught Kindergarten for three years. Ms. Sears is excited about being part of the Brooklyn Brownstone School family. She looks forward to working with both the students and parents. She is also excited about seeing the smiles on her students' faces when they learn something new.
1st Grade Teachers
Theresa Richardson graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Communication Arts. She later attended the College of Staten Island where she obtained a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Richardson also has a Master's degree in School Administration and Supervision. She has served as a literacy coach, a mentor teacher, and Reading First Building Coach. As she becomes a family member of The Brooklyn Brownstone School, she looks forward to working with both the parents and the students.
Judith Martin is a native New Yorker. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz and a Master's Degree in Reading from Long Island University, C.W.Post. She has worked both in the NYC school system and the Florida school system since 1992. Mrs. Martin is looking forward to being a part of the Brooklyn Brownstone School and working with her new students and watching them grow!
2nd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade Teacher (Robotics Coach)
Deborah Paul was born in Grenada, West Indies and received her bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She later received her Master's from Bank Street College of Education in General Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for over seven years in New York City school system. She is excited about and committed to facilitating the academic and social growth and development of her students.
4th Grade Teacher
Adeola Carter graduated from St. Francis College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Political Science. She later received a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix. She is excited to meet her students, colleagues, and parents.
5th Grade Teacher (Master Teacher)
Aquilla Raiford was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. She has been a New York City Public School teacher for nine years. Ms. Raiford is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University, and is currently working on an additional Masters Degree in School Leadership from The College of St. Rose. She is elated to join The Brooklyn Brownstone School family, and looks forward to building healthy relationships with the staff, students, and parents.
Paraprofessional and Technology Coordinator
Khadijah Suluki has worked as a Family Worker for over 7 years of her 15 years with the Department of Education. She has performed various tasks including School Aide and Supervising After-School Programs. Ms. Suluki has a B. A. in Business Administration and is currently completing her M. S. in Special Education. She is looking forward to spending many years as part of The Brooklyn Brownstone School Family.