OUR TEAM

 
Ben Samuels-Kalow    Founder & Head of School   Founder & Head of School Ben Samuels-Kalow spent his career as a public-school teacher in the South Bronx, teaching middle and high school Computer Science and Economics, developing innovative curricula, and leading professional development. He was selected for the nationally recognized Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellowship, a year-long school design and leadership program that trains founders on the management, design, operations, governance, and accountability of public charter schools. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, a MS in Education from St. John’s University, and a sincere belief in the capacity and promise of young people in the Bronx.

Ben Samuels-Kalow
Founder & Head of School

Founder & Head of School Ben Samuels-Kalow spent his career as a public-school teacher in the South Bronx, teaching middle and high school Computer Science and Economics, developing innovative curricula, and leading professional development. He was selected for the nationally recognized Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellowship, a year-long school design and leadership program that trains founders on the management, design, operations, governance, and accountability of public charter schools. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, a MS in Education from St. John’s University, and a sincere belief in the capacity and promise of young people in the Bronx.

Joshua Canela   Director of Operations   Director of Operations Joshua Canela was born and raised in New York City and is a proud alumnus of   All Hallows Institute in the South Bronx. Previously, Mr. Canela was an Operations Manager at Success Academy. He holds a BA in Political Science from Stony Brook University where he was a student athlete and coached middle school students. He believes that every student deserves the opportunity to receive a free and excellent education regardless of background or location and will ensure all students are prepared to learn, grow and use the skills we teach every day to better our community in the future.

Joshua Canela
Director of Operations

Director of Operations Joshua Canela was born and raised in New York City and is a proud alumnus of All Hallows Institute in the South Bronx. Previously, Mr. Canela was an Operations Manager at Success Academy. He holds a BA in Political Science from Stony Brook University where he was a student athlete and coached middle school students. He believes that every student deserves the opportunity to receive a free and excellent education regardless of background or location and will ensure all students are prepared to learn, grow and use the skills we teach every day to better our community in the future.

Lorena Machado   Family, Community, and Office Coordinator   Family, Community, and Office Coordinator Lorena Machado is born and raised in the South Bronx. Prior to Creo College Prep, Ms. Machado worked in the bodily injury field where she assisted families in need of legal aid. She holds a BA in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. At Creo College Prep, Ms Machado will help family and community members be actively involved in the education of our students, ensuring that students receive the support they need and deserve in order to thrive.

Lorena Machado
Family, Community, and Office Coordinator

Family, Community, and Office Coordinator Lorena Machado is born and raised in the South Bronx. Prior to Creo College Prep, Ms. Machado worked in the bodily injury field where she assisted families in need of legal aid. She holds a BA in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. At Creo College Prep, Ms Machado will help family and community members be actively involved in the education of our students, ensuring that students receive the support they need and deserve in order to thrive.