Our Educators

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Manhattan Charter School is led by a small team of experienced and passionate professionals who work tirelessly and think differently to create the kind of nurturing environment, collaborative culture, and challenging curriculum that will set every teacher and student up to succeed.


Manhattan Charter School is governed by a nonprofit Board of Trustees. Each school is led by a Principal, who is the instructional leader for each school. Our school principals have a reputation for being highly visible and hands-on leaders, as warm and accessible as they are tough and mission-driven. Seasoned academic leaders, they manage and develop all instructional programs and staff at each school. 


Genie DePolo 
Chief Academic Officer and Principal, Manhattan Charter School & Manhattan Charter School 2
Principal DePolo brings over 25 years of educational experience to MCS, as a teacher, administrator, and school reformer. Prior to coming on board in 2007, she served as a Regional Site Manager for the Modern Red SchoolHouse Institute’s comprehensive school reform model, and as an Assistant Principal and Dean of Special Education, curriculum developer, and classroom teacher for the New York City Board of Education. She received a BA in history and sociology and an MS in special education from the Herbert H. Lehman College of CUNY, and a professional diploma in supervision and administration from the College of New Rochelle.


Amy Salazar
Principal, Manhattan Charter School 2


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