Upper Elementary


Serving students in grades 4-5

The Upper Elementary School serves 360 children in grades 4-6 and builds on the foundational skills learned in K-3. The school focuses on providing every student with a strong academic foundation in math and language arts using integrated approaches that incorporate science, social studies and world languages.

Instructional Programs

Developing Communication Skills & Nurturing Values

  • An academic program delivered through content specialized departments to ensure that students are taught Mathematics and Language Arts by content certified teachers.
  • Strong focus on English/Language Arts skills development to ensure that students become strategic readers, writers, and oral communicators.
  • Varied opportunities for students to expand thinking skills (including metacognitive and critical-thinking skills), and to develop the necessary habits of mind, motivation to learn and independence as a learner.
  • Structured opportunities for students to develop life skills such as articulating a vision, decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
  • A commitment to nurturing important values, including team-building skills, respecting alternative viewpoints, and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

Principal's Message

Welcome to the Upper Elementary School

As principal of grades 4-8 and a LEAP family member for 16 years, it is my personal commitment to ensure that we teach students to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners and leaders. Collectively, our students and staff maintain a school environment that is safe, positive and has an intense focus on mastering the Common Core State Standards, and the competencies that are necessary for our students to be college and career ready. We stand by our promise that every child will achieve academic excellence, and to do so we have assembled an amazing team of teachers, support staff and a wide variety of educational resources to ensure that every student has everything they need to be successful. This is our commitment to all parents and students.

Our commitment to children goes beyond academics and integrates opportunities for students to develop their own social and emotional capacity. We expect that our students and staff will be able to build and maintain a cohesive sense of community and learn to be “Pro-Kind” each and every day. It is my belief that all members of the educational community are accountable for the academic future of our students and that they are working to create a nurturing, safe and secure learning environment. We have high expectations for all of our staff and welcome your partnership and collaboration. We expect that all of our students will demonstrate interest, enthusiasm, motivation and pleasure for learning.

Children are our greatest natural resource. As your school principal, I take my educational responsibility to children very seriously. I believe that it is my responsibility to assist teachers and students in their learning journey. High quality instruction and positive engagement is at the core of our school for every student, in every classroom, every day. It is my goal to lead and produce magic!!

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!


David Kroon

“People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.”  —Author Unknown



  • Building Administration


  • Fourth Grade
  • Fifth Grade
  • Special Services
  • Special Area Teachers (Arts, Dance, Music,Theater, GYM & ESL, Spanish)


  • Support Staff

Building Administration

Jozian Molina

Assistant to the Principal


Lidia Rivera

Office Manager


Fourth Grade

Summer Coles

LAL/Social Studies Teacher


Davenia Fisher

Math/Science Teacher

Debra Long Math/Science TeacherWebsite

Debra Long

Math/Science Teacher


Nicole Maenner

LAL/Social Studies Teacher


Kristen Perrine

Math/Science Teacher


Fifth Grade

Marie Green

Math/Science Teacher


Shirley Saed

Math/Science Teacher


Christine Skalka

LAL/Social Studies Teacher


Matt Steen

Math/Science Teacher

Robin Vicino

LAL/Social Studies Teacher


Special Services

Rachel Caione

Special Education Teacher


Tanya Mason

Special Education Teacher


Susan Stoneback

Special Education Teacher


Carole Pearson

Special Education Teacher


Alen Medina

ESL Teacher Fellow


Special Area Teachers (Arts, Dance, Music,Theater, GYM & ESL, Spanish)

Richard Marino

Health/P.E. Teacher


Nina Speart

Art 4th - 8th Grade Teacher


Support Staff

Javier Van Tull

Director of VAPA & PRAC


Raul Agosto

Director of Facilities Mechanic


Guillermo Cruz


Luz Otero



View & Download Menus for Upper Elementary Students

Food is cooked daily in each school. The staff works diligently to provide balanced and nutritious meals. Menus are available each week.

ESL Program

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

LEAP Academy’s ESL Program aims to provide culturally and linguistically responsive education for all English language learners to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, life long learning, and global citizenship.

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