Leadership

Administration

Deanna Bocchetti
Head of School

After receiving my Master’s degree in elementary education from The City College of New York. I taught fourth and first grade for over a decade on the Upper West Side. I then entered administration as Director of Curriculum and Assistant Head of Elementary, also in New York City. I moved to Bedford–Stuyvesant in 2001 and am enjoying being “back home” after spending the past six years as the Head of Lower school at a PK-12 school in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Maureen Boucher
Business Director

After receiving my Master’s degree in elementary education from The City College of New York. I taught fourth and first grade for over a decade on the Upper West Side. I then entered administration as Director of Curriculum and Assistant Head of Elementary, also in New York City. I moved to Bed-Stuy in 2001 and am enjoying being “back home” after spending the past six years as the Head of Lower school at a PK-12 school in Wilmington, Delaware. I love attending my children’s sporting events, family vacations, good mystery tv series and getting outdoors as much as possible!

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Christie Gallagher
Preschool Division Head

I was born and raised in Queens, New York and I have been a part of The Co-op School community since 2008. During my career here, I have enjoyed teaching 2 to 5-year-old students, collaborating with families, and supporting the teaching staff. I’ve taught in the 2 to 5-year-old students 2’s, 3’s, and Pre-K classes and have been enjoying the role of Preschool Education Director. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education and a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood General and Special Education. I love the cooperative spirit, creativity, and family involvement at The Co-op School. My child started his first Co-op school year and I couldn’t be more grateful for the learning experiences the preschool staff bring to this community. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, going to the beach (year-round!), camping, and going on coffee dates with friends and family.

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Evelyn Espinoza
Human Resources Director

I have been with The Co-op School since August 2019. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but while I was in high school my family and I moved to Pennsylvania, where I also earned my degree. Brooklyn has my heart, so I came back home. In my spare time, I enjoy doing CrossFit, traveling, reading, and spending time with my three dogs Nighty, Luna, and Thor.

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Board of Trustees

The Co-op School’s Board of Trustees governs the school and is responsible for long-term vision and planning. Each Board member leads a committee on which community members serve. The committees are responsible for the development, fundraising, and maintenance of the school, as well as for upholding our school values, including our renewed commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Sara Siddappa
Vice President

Sara Siddappa is Assistant Principal for the Cypress Hills Community School, the only school-wide dual language program serving students 3K-8 in District 19. An innovative model that was started by a BIPOC contingent of parents, Sara joined the faculty in 2002 and was instrumental in growing the middle school division, which prioritizes admissions for Spanish-speaking students new to the country. As a New York City Teaching Fellow she honed her craft co-teaching grades 5-6 before moving into a shortage area, dual language math grades 7-8. She transitioned to the role of instructional coach centering the social-emotional development of young-adolescent immigrants. In her current role, Sara is responsible for strategic planning and partnerships, teacher development, program design and operations. She is the proud daughter of an immigrant, grew up in a bilingual household in eight states and four countries. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan, a M.S. Ed from Brooklyn College, and an Ed. M. in Education Administration from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Sara is Co-chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. She and her husband Madhu live in Bed-Stuy with their child Joaquín. Their family has been part of The Co-op School since 2018.

Kristina Hoge
Secretary

Kristina has 20+ years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. She has worked for over a decade at The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival, one of the world’s leading arts and cultural institutions. In her current position as Senior Director of Development, she oversees all fundraising, strategic planning, board governance and operational development. Kristina hopes to use her experience and time to help secure the future of The Co-op School for years to come. On the board she is the Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She and her husband Jake live in Bed-Stuy and are proud parents of two boys at the school (First grade, Katydid). Her family has been part of The Co-op community since 2017.

Sean Farber
Treasurer

Sean Farber is a security engineer for an established network and information security firm, operating in the United States and Europe. Sean designs cloud, on-site, and hybrid network infrastructure, and develops automated threat detection and mitigation solutions. His clientele includes major retailers, hospitals, universities, and municipal government agencies. Sean has previously served as general manager for food cooperatives employing 70+ employees. During his cooperative tenure, Sean worked with Boards of Directors to implement a policy governance model. Sean was born in Brooklyn and he grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. Sean lives in Crown Heights with his wife, Valerie, and their daughter, Amelia, a third-grade student at The Co-op School. They have been part of the school community since 2017.

Hilary Cramer Robinson
Trustee

Hilary Cramer Robinson has worked in the nonprofit sector for fifteen years. As the Director of Major Gifts for JCCA, one of the largest child welfare organizations in New York, Hilary oversees the agency’s individual giving program, as well as events, donor cultivation, and development. Hilary holds a BA in Educational Studies and Sociology from Trinity College and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the New School. She hopes to contribute to the Fundraising Committee and other group efforts during her first year on the Board. She lives in Bed-Stuy with her husband Mike, daughter (a Dragonfly), and toddler son.

Octavia Figueroa
Trustee

Octavia is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the product of an independent school education and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She is a Vice President at BNY Mellon and has been a product manager in financial services for the past nine years, focusing on providing cash management solutions to other financial institutions. This is her first year on the Board and she is currently an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, as well as the Strategic Planning Committee. She and her husband, Eric, live in Bed-Stuy and are the proud parents of Eric III (a LadyBug) who has been a part of The Co-op School for the past two years.

Steve Jean-Baptiste
Trustee

Steve was born and raised in East Flatbush Brooklyn by Haitian immigrant parents. He went to High school in Park Slope and attended Long Island University (downtown Brooklyn) where he studied Business Administration & Finance. Steve spent several years in sales & customer service before switching over to the TV/Film industry eventually becoming an Assistant Director. He lived in Clinton Hill for six years before moving to Bed-Stuy a few years ago with his wife Nyanza, his son Coltrane & dog Riley. They have been members of The Co-op School community since 2017 when Coltrane started pre-school (he is now in First grade). This is Steve’s first year on the Board and he is a member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Neighborhood Outreach Committee.