Our Principal - Brooke Barr

Ms. Barr has lived and raised her family in District 24 for the last 25 years. She has been involved in education for over 20 years as a teacher, coach, professor and administrator.

Before opening CLS, Ms. Barr was an academic director for the Harlem Village Academy charter elementary schools. Prior to her work at HVA, she was the elementary principal at the Churchill School, an independent school for children with learning disabilities. She also served as a coach for a NYC DOE network, training teachers on the Common Core. She has been an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College Department of Special Education, where she taught dozens of teachers starting their careers as special educators.

She taught in NYC public schools as a special educator in self-contained, SETSS and ICT classrooms in all grades K-6. Ms. Barr completed her M.S.Ed and advanced certificate in administration and supervision at Hunter College School of Education. She also holds degrees from NYU (M.A.), Yale (M.Phil.) and Harvard University (A.B).


Our Assistant Principal - Christina Alicea-Cosme

Mrs. Cosme has been involved in education for over 13 years in the NYC DOE as a teacher, mentor, grade team leader and UFT Chapter Chair. She has worked as a bilingual early intervention therapist for children with special needs. She has worked with the office of adults and continuing education where she taught ESL/GED courses to adults learners.

She completed her M.S. Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities at Brooklyn College. She completed her advanced certificate in administration and supervision at Long Island University.