School: 212.245.1506

SLT Members

Principal: Jessica Jenkins
School Staff: TBD
School Staff: Nikki Zernone
Teacher: Ellyn Peschitz
Teacher: Michele Balsam
Teacher: Addison Love
Parent: Kimberly Kay
Parent: Hannah Pennington
Parent: Alberto Crespo
Parent: Kirsten Oppenheimer (PA Rep) –
Parent: Ami Kantawala (Chairperson) –

The WESS School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of parents and staff that is mandated by state law to play a significant role in creating a collaborative structure for school-based decision-making. The purpose of the SLT is to determine the school’s educational direction – that is, the school’s overall educational vision, its goals and priorities, the strategies that will be used to achieve that vision and the alignment of resources to accomplish those strategies.

The core SLT responsibilities as defined by the Department of Education are:

  • Develop the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP)
  • Shape path to a collaborative school culture
  • Develop school-based educational policies aligned with the school-based budget (Galaxy Table of Organization – Public View)
  • Work in a collaborative manner to understand and evaluate effect on student achievement

The SLT schedule is posted on the school calendar.

For more information, the Chancellor’s Plan for School Leadership Teams is located on the Department of Education website (, or please contact any parent member of the SLT.