Program Team

Our Staff


Marco Alba
Marco Alba
Special Programs Assistant

Marco Alba is a Special Programs Assistant who first started working with TR@TC as a summer intern six years ago. His ongoing partnership with the program has helped him develop countless skills that helped him through middle and high school. He's now an alumnus of Community Health Academy of the Heights and is currently pursuing a degree in Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Karina Castellanos
Karina Castellanos
Program Administrator

Karina Castellanos is a Program Administrator for TR@TC. She is also a Master's student and Zankel Fellow at ELLIS Prep Academy. Previous to TR@TC, she worked at the University of California Washington Program (UCDC) and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Kelsey Darity
Kelsey Darity
Fieldwork Coordinator

Kelsey Darity is a Program Coordinator for TR@TC. She is also a doctoral student and course instructor in the dept. of Curriculum and Teaching. Her research interests include disciplinary literacy and the hauntings of historical violence. Kelsey received a M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education and a B.S. in Marketing from Clemson University.

Julissa DiLone
Julissa DiLone
Induction Coordinator

Julissa DiLone is an alumna of the TR@TC program who enjoyed her experience so much, she accepted an offer to return as the Induction Coordinator! In this capacity, she dedicates her time to supporting and sustaining new teachers in a culturally responsive manner. Julissa was a founding teacher at The Young Women's Leadership School in the Bronx.

Lum Fube
Lum Fube
Graduate Assistant

Lum is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Teaching. Her research interests include conceptions of wellbeing and pedagogies of love and care. Lum was an early childhood educator in Washington D.C., and also worked as a curriculum designer, professional development facilitator, and instructional coach and mentor for pre-service and in-service teachers.

Linet Mercedes
Special Programs Assistant

Linet Mercedes is a Special Programs Assistant for TR@TC, and she is also a high school senior at the Community Health Academy of the Heights. Some of her interests include learning about social justice and mindfulness. After graduating high school, she plans on earning a degree in anthropology or political science. 

Suzanne Pratt
Suzanne Pratt
Co-Director

Suzanne Pratt has been working with the Teaching Residents at Teachers College program since 2011. In this time, she has held multiple positions including Residency Supervisor, Induction Mentor, Induction Coordinator, and Graduate Assistant. In addition to her work with the program, Suzanne is also completing her doctoral studies at Teachers College.

Christian Wu
Christian Wu
Graduate Assistant

Christian Wu is a doctoral student in Math Education at TC. His area of expertise is the intersection of technology and equity in math classrooms with an emphasis on cultural relevancy in assessments and math literacy. He was a math teacher in San Diego for 7 years, and he has experience with curriculum development, math literacy, and bilingual mathematics.

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