Ms. Lopez, 6th Grade
Yaritza is a native Brooklynite, who was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The youngest of 8 children, she was the first to pursue higher education. As a first generation citizen, born to Puerto Rican immigrants, Yaritza was taught the values of hard work, persistence, and determination. With these standards she established a firm path to succeed in all she put her heart and mind to. Although, she encounter times of hardship she was able to overcome. Yaritza not only credits her success to her parents, but to one of her favorite teachers, Ms. Chasen. With encouragement and faith, Ms. Chasen natured within Yaritza the confidence and independence to become a lifelong learner. These are the skills Yaritza wishes to foster in the lives of each and every one of her students at CPCS.
Yaritza earned her Master of Science in Education: Dual Childhood 1-6/Special Education, at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.
For over six years Yaritza worked for various social service agencies. She was a case planner offering preventive services for children and families in the Brownsville/Rockaway area, under a branch for the Administration of Children's Services (ACS). Most notably, Yaritza spend majority of her Social Work career advocating and servicing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), both as a direct support staff and supervisor. It was through her working with the IDD population that Yaritza became increasingly passionate about the field of education. Yaritza strongly believes that disability is not without ability(ies) and believes in celebrating diversity.
Mr. Curtis, 7th & 8th Grade
Mr. Curtis graduated from the University of Nebraska located in Omaha, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He has also received a Master's degree in Education specializing in History (7-12). Mr. Curtis taught at Association for Metroarea Autistic Children (AMAC) for three years prior to joining CPCS.
Mr. Curtis works at CPCS to make a difference in the lives of our African American youth through dynamic instruction and meeting their needs academically and socially. CPCS allows him to make a difference and help support our future leaders.