Why build a career with Prospect Schools?

We’re dedicated to diversity. Building a truly inclusive community for educating children is our most important goal, our hardest challenge, and the driving force behind everything we do. We have been champions of diversity from the outset, and attribute 100% of our success to having a team of educators, leaders, and staff who come from all walks of life and benefit from that difference.

Learning never stops.

Students aren’t the only ones learning at Prospect Schools. We push ourselves to continuously improve our craft and get better at what we do, inside and outside of the classroom. Our system of dedicated professional development sessions, substantial resource sharing, classroom observations, regular 1:1 meetings, professional reviews, and parent/student surveys all combine to make sure the learning never stops.

Your curiosity counts.

We encourage team members to bring new strategies and tactics to the table because many minds are always better than one. We’re tackling some of the toughest challenges in public school education, and empowering our team to be creative problem solvers is essential to our continued success. At Prospect Schools, diversity is more than demographics — its a diversity of ideas, too.

We’re growing.

We know that the educational program we’ve built in Brooklyn will work well with diverse populations outside of New York, so we’re bringing it to Danbury, Connecticut, where one of the state’s fastest-growing small cities is quickly becoming one of its most diverse.

What We Look For

Commitment

We are all united by one purpose: to create the best educational environment for our students.

Community

We are tenacious in building positive working relationships with colleagues and we work hard to celebrate the work of others.

Collaboration

We value diversity in thinking and solicit input from peers and stakeholders when making decisions that impact others.

Continuous Improvement

We are lifelong learners and are empowered by a feedback cycle — up, down, and sideways.

Meet Our Team

%
of faculty have advanced degrees
%
of educators have 5+ years of classroom experience
%
of employees identify as persons of color
%
of employees speak a language other than english

Kelly Vaughan

Science Teacher, Math Dept. Head

Clinton Hill Middle School

Bio

Where are you from?

Lenox, MA

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

I met the Leadership Team after interviewing and felt that I’d be working with a really smart, creative, committed group of educators, at a school with a mission that included both academic rigor and diversity.

Why do you love it?

As I’d hoped, Prospect Schools has an amazing team. Everyone here works hard, engages with world events and issues, and is highly committed to our mission. That makes even the more challenging days worthwhile.

Favorite thing about your day:

The best days for me are ones where I get to try out an innovative lesson – or observe a teacher on my team doing the same – and see the students respond.

Fun fact about yourself:

I am mom to a smart, beautiful toddler

Phuong Le

Data Specialist

Bio

Where are you from?

Hanoi, Vietnam

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

The people who offered me the position offered it with enthusiasm in their voice, which told me that (1) they were genuinely happy to work at Prospect Schools, and (2) my skills would be valued. Fortunately I’ve found both impressions to be right so far.

Why do you love it?

Both the company and the network sizes are right for me – not too big not too small, so I’m constantly kept busy but also have room to develop new initiatives. On top of that, the people are dedicated to their work, and well-versed in data which makes my job much more challenging.

Favorite thing about your day

Running my scripts and pretending I’m an elite hacker saving the world from top secret conspiracies.

Fun fact about yourself

I play the piano. In college I performed solo, in a trio, and my own compositions!

Wendell Cheung

Head of Instruction

Brooklyn Prospect High School

Bio

Where are you from?

I was originally born in Hong Kong, but raised on Long Island, NY. Currently living in Brooklyn.

What drew you to Prospect Schools?

We are a small school community that has a commitment to its teaching faculty and a diverse student/family community. Both its extremely collaborative environment amongst teachers, students, and families and its focus on strong academics drew me to the school.

Why do you love it?

Prospect Schools really values teachers and allows us to truly focus on teaching and learning. All faculty and staff work hard to ensure that they are supporting students. I’m able to work on preparing strong algebra lessons for my students and coaching our math/science team to do their best and grow as an educator. And also, the student body is amazing!

Favorite thing about my day?

My favorite part of my day is teaching my algebra classes and pushing students to work hard and love math.

Fun fact about yourself:

I love traveling – I’ve been to 35 countries and counting!

Karishma Chanda

Director of School Operations

Windsor Terrace Middle School

Bio

Where are you from?

Long Island!

What drew you to BPCS?

I came to BPCS after working at the college level for several years. I had previously worked with middle and high school students and missed the energy and excitement of that age group. Having grown up in an extremely diverse community, I was looking for a school that valued student identity and diversity and Brooklyn Prospect seemed to fit that.

Why do you love it?

Our students are some of the most thoughtful, reflective and charismatic students I’ve worked with. They’re excited to be part of the community and have clear and strong opinions. The faculty and staff are also engaged in conversations around access and diversity and constantly looking to refine their practices.

Favorite thing about your day?

Anytime there’s a chance for student interaction is my favorite! Students tend to stop by my office for tissues and bandages but sometimes to share something they’re passionate about, or something they’ve read or heard about, and those are great moments.

Fun fact about yourself:

During one year of grad school, I watched over 400 movies. I now know a lot about a lot of movies.