New York City Region

About Us

In New York City, PowerMyLearning has partnered with more than 100 schools and served more than 100,000 students, families, and teachers since 1999. We leverage digital learning to transform schools in low-income communities, promote educational equity, and help students excel in school.

Our program supports schools through professional development and family engagement services. Our professional development helps educators integrate new instructional approaches and deepen school-home connections. Our family engagement services empower parents to become stronger learning partners for their children, and also provides families with free home learning center computers. This comprehensive approach helps students take full ownership of their learning and puts them on the path to academic and lifelong success.

Programs & Services

By providing key tools, training and support, our programs and services are designed to foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, in parents as support partners, and in students as learners who can meet the challenge of high academic standards.

Learn more about our Program & Services and how you can become a partner school.

Partner With Us
Partner Schools

In New York City, PowerMyLearning has partnered with more than 100 schools and served more than 100,000 students, families, and teachers since 1999. We leverage digital learning to transform schools in low-income communities, promote educational equity, and help students excel in school.

New York City Partner Schools (2016-17)

Research and Innovation Partners:

  • M.S./H.S. 221 South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School
  • The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx (TYWLS Bronx)
  • The Equity Project Charter School (TEP)
  • P.S. 31 William T. Davis
  • P.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr.

Comprehensive Program Partners:

  • Future Leaders Institute Charter School

Focus on Family Engagement Partners:

  • I.S. 96 Seth Low
  • M.S. 123 James M. Kieran
  • M.S./H.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
  • Riverdale Avenue Middle School (RAMS)

NYC Council Digital Inclusion and Literacy Partners:

  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School
  • Frederick Douglass Academy V
  • Hamilton Grange
  • J.H.S. 22 Jordan L. Mott
  • J.H.S. 62 Ditmas
  • I.S. 126 Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts
  • P.S. 110 Q
  • P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry
  • P.S. 140 Nathan Strauss
  • P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington
  • P.S. 176 Cambria Heights
  • P.S. 567 Linden Tree Elementary
  • P.S. 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • P.S. 89 Elmhurst
  • P.S./I.S. 116 William C. Hughley

Partner Organizations Receiving Professional Development:

  • Citizen Schools
  • Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • Talent Development Secondary/Diplomas Now

If your school is interested in partnering with PowerMyLearning in New York City, please click here.

Local Board

Monica Verma, Chair
Executive Vice President, PIMCO

Michelle R. Ferguson
Former Senior Vice President, Global Workplace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial

Brandon Hedvat
Senior Associate, The Carlyle Group

Anaita Kasad
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

T. Annie Knickman
Harvard Doctor of Education Leadership Fellow and Director of Advisory Services, Social Finance

Gavin Leo-Rhynie
Partner, Goldman Sachs

Michael Poser
CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley

Travis Terry
Chief Operating Officer, Capalino+Company

Leadership

Elizabeth John
Executive Director

Elizabeth oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning in 2013, Elizabeth served as the Director of Education Programs for New York Cares, where her team implemented over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year, in partnership with hundreds of schools and agencies in New York City. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught sixth and eighth grade Math at a high-needs public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.

Lauren Burner-Lawrence
Blended Learning Specialist

Lauren is the elementary-focused Blended Learning Specialist for PowerMyLearning. She offers nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience within the public, private and charter sectors, plus she is incredibly passionate about promoting mindfulness and play in the classroom. Lauren earned her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University, then her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. In 2011, Lauren launched Gamez4Learning, a private educational consultancy, with many of her projects focusing on educational technology tools and the role of games in the learning process. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren is currently pursuing her interests in Cognitive Science at NYU’s Games for Learning program.

Juan Caro
Senior Logistics Manager

Juan oversees our equipment strategy in New York City. Juan has been with PowerMyLearning since 2002, and has taken on many roles over the years to ensure our families receive high-quality Home Learning Centers from PowerMyLearning. Currently, Juan leads our New York City warehouse team and manages our computer refurbishing processes, giving donated computers a meaningful second life. Juan holds his Associates in Computer Networking from LaGuardia Community College.

Christina Chiolo
Director of Development

As the Director of Development for the New York City Region, Christina Chiolo helps secure philanthropic and government support for PowerMyLearning’s programs in NYC. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and more recently has worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.

Dwight Cox
IT & Logistics Manager

Dwight is PowerMyLearning’s IT and Logistics Manager for New York City and is responsible for coordinating donations in the Manhattan area, managing the NYC Help Desk, image testing for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Centers, and providing facility assessments to potential school partners. Dwight has been with PowerMyLearning since 2005, and has picked up a lot of IT knowledge along the way. Dwight holds a Bachelor’s of Technology in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and an Associate degree in the same field from Queensborough Community College.

Rachel Gordon
Blended Learning Specialist

As a Blended Learning Specialist, Rachel works with teachers across New York City as a coach and a workshop facilitator. She brings a collaborative approach to her coaching and prioritizes meeting the specialized needs of the teachers and the schools with whom she works, with the ultimate goal of helping teachers personalize instruction for all learners in the classroom, integrate technology in meaningful ways, and engage families in their students’ learning. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela, developing Common Core-aligned assessments and training for other assessment writers. She holds her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Dileyka Guzman
Program Manager

Dileyka has worn multiple hats since joining PowerMyLearning in 2012. She started out as part of our Family Learning Workshop staff as a Registration Coordinator and Customer Service Representative, moving onto Program Coordinator and now Program Manager. As a Program Manager, Dileyka works closely with our partner schools in delivering our Family Engagement services. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Dileyka was a Site Director for an after school arts program located in all five boroughs in New York City. Dileyka holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Albany (SUNY).

Shaunte Martin
Senior Program Manager, Family Engagement

Shaunte leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in New York City and works closely with the Professional Development team to coordinate high quality programming for each school partner. Shaunte and her team run PowerMyLearning’s Family Learning Workshops, and works with schools to come up with creative ways to engage parents in their child’s learning. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2012, Shaunte was a High School Prep Advisor at KIPP to College, mentoring and guiding students through the high school application process. She previously worked at A Better Chance, an organization that advocates for students of color to receive better educational and leadership opportunities. Shaunte holds a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Mallory Marra
Blended Learning Specialist

Mallory works with our partner teachers to bring insight about creative curricula and assessments, particularly in the digital space. She is particularly interested in supporting teachers with student-driven learning. Before PowerMyLearning, she worked at LightSail, as an Assessment Consultant creating automated assessments aligned to Common Core. She also has experience developing workshops with both Teachers College Summer Institute and REACT to FILM. Before that she taught secondary English, Spanish, film, and art in Brooklyn, Queens, and Baltimore. She currently holds educator certifications in Google, Graphite, and Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship. Mallory earned her MA in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her BA in Film Studies from Barnard College at Columbia.

Erin Morrison-Sadaka
Director of Programs

Erin is responsible for leading the successful implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, and direct work with families and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, overseeing the successful implementation of our family engagement initiatives; from 2012-2016 she worked as a Blended Learning Consultant to support teachers in our partner schools to leverage technology in the classrooms. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx for four years. During this time she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach For America corps member. Erin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University.

Supporters
Foundations

  • Barker Welfare Foundation
  • The Booth Ferris Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Change Happens Foundation
  • The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • Charles Hayden Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Lone Pine Foundation
  • NBCUniversal Foundation
  • New York Community Trust
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • The PIMCO Foundation
  • Robin Hood Foundation
  • Silicon Alley Foundation
  • The Shelter Hill Foundation
  • Toyota USA Foundation
  • Laura B. Vogler Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
Corporations

  • Cablevision
  • Capalino+Company
  • Con Edison
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Google
  • ICAP Americas
  • PwC
  • McKinsey & Company
  • SAP
  • TD Bank
Government

  • New York City Council
  • NYC Department of Education
  • NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • NYC Council Member Rev. Fernando Cabrera
  • NYC Council Member Margaret Chin
  • NYC Council Member Inez Dickens
  • NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene
  • NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras
  • NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson
  • NYC Council Member Mark Levine
  • NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
  • NYC Council Member Darlene Mealy
  • NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez
  • NYC Council Member Annabel Palma
  • NYC Council Member Donovan Richards, Jr.
  • NYC Council Member Debi Rose
  • NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal
  • NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
Volunteer Opportunities

If you live in or around the New York City region, you can support our work by volunteering to help train families at PowerMyLearning’s Family Learning Workshops, conduct family outreach at Volunteer Call Banks, or refurbish donated computers for families at our warehouse. In New York City, PowerMyLearning partners with New York Cares to fill these volunteering needs. To sign up or learn more about our projects in New York City, click here.

To inquire about corporate or group opportunities, email NYC@PowerMyLearning.org.

Contact Us

PowerMyLearning
New York City Region
520 Eighth Avenue, Floor 10
New York, NY 10018
T: 917-677-5506
F: 917-677-5423
NYC@PowerMyLearning.org

Interested in Becoming a Partner School?

“Our partnership with PowerMyLearning has enlightened the thinking of our teachers and has transformed the lives of our children. No longer is 21st century learning a far-off dream, out of reach to the students.”

- Alan Baer, Assistant Principal MS/HS 221 – South Bronx Preparatory