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

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

Mr. Zager


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

Ms. Elena

School Secretary


Mother to all and keeper of the numbers

Ms. Starrlynn

Parent Coordinator

Supply room expert and master of attendance folders

Mr. Wilson

Office Aide

Meet our Teachers

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

Ms. Camillo

ELA: 601, 602, 603, 702

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

Mr. Kilpatrick

Science: 601


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

Mme. Leboeuf

FLA: 601, 801

SS: 701

Yellow Water Lily

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

Ms. McBreen


Science: 602, 603

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

Ms. Nickerson

FLA: 701

SS: 601, 801

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. 

Ms. Salazar

Science: 701, 702, 801, 802

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

Ms. Soto

Social Studies: 602, 702, 802

Spanish: 802


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. 

Mr. McGuinness

Social Studies: 702, 802

Science: 702, 802

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

Ms. Fazekas

Math: 802


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

Mr. Lanvin

Math: 601, 603, 802

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

Mr. MacCulloch

ELA: 701, 801, 802

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.

Mr. McKanstry

Music: all classes

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

Ms. Pruitt

Math: 802

ELA: 802

Science: 602


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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!

Ms. Tietjen

ELA: 602, 702

Math: 602

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

Ms. Turan

Math: 602, 701, 702, 801

Meet our Guidance and Support Staff

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

Mr. West


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

Mr. Greenfield

Guidance Counselor

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

Mr. Rease

SAPIS Counselor

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

Ms. Rosa


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

Ms. Finkel

Guidance Counselor

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

Ms. Roman

Social Worker


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

Ms. Tamika


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

Ms. Rivera


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Contact Us

Tel: 212-222-2857

Fax: 212-531-7380


154 W 93rd St.

Manhattan, NY 10025