Teacher Leadership

The NYCDOE has recognized our cutting edge Systems for Improvement in Teacher Teams and Leadership Development as our Area of Celebration and the main driver of our school’s improvement, in multiple Quality Reviews.

At HSHCS, we have two on site Instructional Coaches, two Peer Collaborative Teachers, and one Model Teacher (Teacher Career Pathways). They support our teachers to become reflective lifelong learners and grow their instructional practice and planning through modeling, co-teaching, targeted coaching/mentoring, and designing and facilitating differentiated professional learning sessions. At HSHCS, all teachers engage in collaborative inquiry through the Data Wise Improvement Process, in order to ongoingly meet the needs of our students and prepare them for college and career.


Instructional Coach & Coordinator of Professional Learning

Neil Nathan

I’m a former ELA, Global History, and Economics Teacher. I was featured on the cover of American Teacher magazine for directing an Annenberg grant funded arts education program that placed my students at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in internships with Guggenheim Museum, New York City Opera, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. I was the Lead Mentor for Region 9’s New Teacher Mentors and have designed and facilitated professional learning sessions alongside Grant Wiggins (Understanding By Design) and Rick Wormeli (Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom) at events such as New Teacher Center’s Annual Seminar in San Jose, California and Staff Development Educator’s Differentiated Instruction Conference in Chicago, Illinois. It’s been an absolute pleasure to help grow the collaborative professional learning culture at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences since 2015.


Literacy/Curriculum Coach & Coordinator of Professional Learning

Theresa Farinaccio

I'm a former ELA high school teacher and Literacy Coach at New Visions, where I supported teachers across a network of NYC schools. I specialize in supporting teachers to write and refine Common Core/State Standards aligned Curriculum and authentic, engaging performance tasks. At HSHCS, I’ve also developed our shared Google Drive tools and systems.


Peer Collaborative teacher

Zuleika Martinez

I’ve been teaching Social Studies, grades 7-12, for 18 years in the NYC Department of Education. I was formerly the department chair for my middle school Social Studies department. I was also the lead teacher at a portfolio school, where I supported students to write and present college level research papers in lieu of taking the Regents. I currently leverage my Lab Classroom to spread local effective practices across the school. I also design and facilitate professional learning for my colleagues.


Peer Collaborative teacher

Simone Brown

I’ve taught Special Education/ELA for several years in the New York City Dept. of Education. I’m an active member of the HSHCS Instructional Cabinet and believe that all students have the capability to learn.  I design and facilitate professional learning for my colleagues to support them to meet the needs of all learners, with a special focus on building the capacity of Gen Ed and ICT Teachers to collaboratively plan and implement varied co-teaching models such as Parallel Teaching, Station Teaching, and Alternative Teaching.


Model teacher

Ms. Eva L. De Jesus

Having taught all grade levels from K-12, I am a certified ENL teacher of almost 23 years. Currently a peer collaborative teacher and formerly a NYCDOE certified Model Teacher for 2-3 years. An active member of the HSHCS Instructional Cabinet and Dual Language Coordinator. New Teacher Mentor as well as designer and facilitator of both staff wide and content specific differentiated Professional Learning sessions. A life-long proponent of Bilingual Education & Dual Language Immersion. Formerly served as an EXCELL (ELL) Coach at the Middle School level. Fluent in English, Spanish. Certified from K-12 in TESOL permanently.