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Second Grade

Jennifer Dawson


Jennifer has enjoyed working with children from preschool through 4th grade for the past 10 years. She joined the CPCS team in August 2013 and has spent most of her time here working with our 1st grade scholars. Jennifer has a passion for reading and loves to help her students explore the world of books.


After completing her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and English at Queens College, she went on to obtain her Master's degree in Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. She lives right here in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with her husband and three children. In her free time she loves to read, make crafts and explore all the treasures that New York city has with her children.

Fatma Elassa


Prior to joining CPCS, Fatma was a 4th grade teacher at Excellence Boys Charter School and is eager to bring everything that she has learned, as well as build on it, to ensure academic excellence for her students. She believes that it’s not nature or nurture that alone can help develop a scholar, but it is a combination of both, and she is looking forward to working with the school community as well as the parents to help make every year at CPCS a success. She hopes to continue to grow as an educator and to continue to impact students’ lives by exuding joy in her teaching and everything that she does.

Jalesa Washington


Being an educator has taught Jalesa that the purpose of teaching individuals should not be solely on academic growth, but to incorporate character growth as well. She strives everyday to teach like it is the last day she will ever influence her students and colleagues. She believes that each child deserves an outstanding education, while also instilling love and respect into each student she teaches and encounters daily. At CPCS, Jalesa values working in a community with outstanding professionals who challenges and supports her as they strive to educate the whole student. Jalesa obtained a Bachelors degree in Human Ecology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master of Arts in Teaching at the Relay Graduate School of Education. Jalesa is certified in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6. In addition to teaching, you may catch her around New York City working backstage at fashion shows or as a Girl Scout Troop Leader mentoring young girls. Through persistent hard work and determination to develop children academically and to build character as well, she hopes to be a director of an after school program of her own that will develop and build students character, where they can bring these skills to every aspect of their life.

Amanda Wilson


Amanda attended Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, and has a Bachelors of Arts in Special Education and Childhood Education. She is dual certified in special education and well as general education grades 1 - 6.


Amanda’s experiences have taught her that education is multifaceted and has the ability to transcend lives. She is compelled every day to not only be the best teacher she can be but to also be open to learning and growing both personally and professionally. At CPCS Amanda is able to work alongside a group of dedicated professionals in a nurturing community that will support and challenge her as she works to impart valuable knowledge in her students.