Our mission

With the support of a nurturing and collaborative community, our students will engage in a stimulating and rigorous academic curriculum that celebrates the diversity of their languages, cultures, and learning styles. Teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members will work together to create lifelong learners and accountable citizens who rise to meet challenges and strive to give back to their communities.

Our vision

Lafayette academy’s vision is build a diverse, united, and nurturing community on the pillars of knowledge, experience, and good judgment. We will pursue academic challenges with a standard of excellence in order to prepare our students for their futures as lifelong learners and global leaders

Meet our Front Office

Mr. Zager

Our fearless leader! Always accessible, and always making a short story long.


Ms. Elena

Ms. Elena is the payroll superhero who keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes.

School Secretary


Mrs. Fikaris

Mother to all and keeper of the numbers

Parent Coordinator

Mr. Wilson

Supply room expert and master of attendance folders

Office Aide

Meet our Teachers

Ms. Camilo

Ms. Camilo is a Dominican-American lover of books, travel, avocados, coconut water, and dark chocolate with sea salt.

ELA: 601, 602, 603, 702

Mr. Kilpatrick

Bonjour! Salut! Hola! Mr. Kilpatrick loves to learn languages and travel around the world. Welcome to the world of languages at Lafayette Academy!

Science: 601


Mme. Leboeuf

"De la musique avant toute chose...Et tout le reste est littérature." P.V.

FLA: 601, 801

SS: 701

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Ms. McBreen

Ms. McBreen is a jack of all trades and master of making sure our testing schedules are always on point.


Science: 602, 603

Ms. Nickerson

Ms. Nickerson has had an exciting and varied career and brings all her past experience to her exciting and enthusiastic teaching practice.

FLA: 701

SS: 601, 801

Ms. Salazar

After studying human biology and chemistry at Stanford University and looking at lots of brains and neurons in the lab, Ms. Salazar has been sharing her love of science with Lafayette Academy students for the past four years. 

Science: 701, 702, 801, 802

Ms. Soto

Ms. Soto shares her amazing social studies teaching, years of experience, and great taste in throwback music with the Lafayette community.

Social Studies: 602, 702, 802

Spanish: 802


Mr. McGuinness

Mr. McGuinness is a Political Science and History junkie, who has prior experience working for City Council Member Mark Levine, and is here to help ensure that all students are on a level playing field. 

Social Studies: 702, 802

Science: 702, 802

Ms. Fazekas

Ms. Fazekas is a beach volleyball extraordinaire, math wizard, and lover of corny videos who works hard to design learning experiences for all students. 

Math: 802


Mr. Lanvin

You can always count on this proud USC alumnus to bring a cheery disposition and love of math to the classroom.

Math: 601, 603, 802

Mr. MacCulloch

Among the Lafayette Academy staff, Mr. Mac is unparalleled in his amazing jokes and innovative teaching style.

ELA: 701, 801, 802

Mr. McKanstry

Jameel McKanstry is a dynamic music teacher who works with the school’s chorus and musical. Mr. McKanstry is entering his 4th year at Lafayette Academy and his 8th year teaching.

Music: all classes

Ms. Pruitt

As after school liaison and SPED superstar, Ms. Pruitt always shows her students that she cares.

Math: 802

ELA: 802

Science: 602


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Ms. Tietjen

Ms. Tietjen is an expert traveler who loves her adventures! She looks forward to making each and every day an adventure for our students to experience in with her!

ELA: 602, 702

Math: 602

Ms. Turan

Ms. Turan loves math almost as much as she loves her students (which, to be clear, is a lot!)

Math: 602, 701, 702, 801

Meet our Guidance and Support Staff

Mr. West

Mr. West wears all the hats - dean of students, basketball coach, soccer coach, proud dad, and all around go-to guy. 


Mr. Greenfield

Mr. Greenfield works closely with students to make sure that their social and emotional health and high school admissions are taken care of.

Guidance Counselor

Mr. Rease

Mr. Rease is one of our fantastic counselors and loves to help students. 

SAPIS Counselor

Ms. Rosa

Ms. Rosa is an expert explainer and helps meet student needs every day


Ms. Finkel

Ms. Finkel is our resident expert listener, student-led conference mastermind, and high school application guru.

Guidance Counselor

Ms. Roman

Diana Roman, LCSW is in the building every day except Wednesdays. She supports students' emotional/social needs and helps parents through the Special Education process. Contact her at droman11@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 531-7314

Social Worker


Ms. Tamika

Ms. Tamika excels at getting the most out of her students and helping them fulfill their potential


Ms. Rivera

Ms. Rivera cultivates relationships with students and helps push them academically to where they need to be