Dr. Allison Persad is the Principal of The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, a 6-12 all girls school in Astoria, NY. She is an advocate of preparing young girls for jobs of the future and leading balanced lives.
After more than a decade in the classroom as an English teacher, she has most recently completed her doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University. The focus of her research was identifying variables contributing to the impact on mathematics achievement. Ms. Persad has also worked as an educational administrator through the Division of Teaching and Learning with the NYC Department of Education, supporting schools across the city with instruction.
She has been Cahn Fellow Ally, a Big Apple Teacher of the Year and has been a presenter at Confratute. Ms. Persad is currently a New York Educator Voice Fellow 2015-16. A life-long graduate of public education in NYC, she is an example and believer in creating opportunities for women and girls of all backgrounds.
Kimberly Castrillon has been involved in education for almost 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from SUNY Binghamton. Upon graduating, she was accepted to the New York City Teaching Fellows program where she became a Special Education teacher and pursued her Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College. Kimberly taught 7th grade Humanities at the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria for 4 years before becoming the Assistant Principal, Interim Acting.
Kimberly has been involved with and chaired a number of committees throughout her career. She has served in various coordinator roles, including Advanced Placement Coordinator which she still holds.
Kimberly believes that all children can learn but each has their own learning style and rate of learning. She believes that with hard work and perseverance, we can reach each child in a special way. Staying positive is the key to success as well as keeping open lines of communication among staff, students and parents/guardians. Kimberly feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of helping every TYWLS girl reach her full potential for college and beyond.