Colin Hogan - LCCS Head of School
Colin Hogan is Head of School at Learning Community Charter School. From 2010-2013 he was the Social Studies Coordinator for the Highland Park School District. He taught 6th grade history in Highland Park from 2004-2010. Prior to coming to Highland Park Mr. Hogan taught at Princeton Charter School. Mr. Hogan began his career in education in 1999 teaching at the Academy of Communications and Technology and at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago. He has won numerous awards for teaching and was recognized as New Jersey History Teacher of the Year in 2013. Before becoming a teacher he worked as a community organizer in both Israel and New York City. Mr. Hogan earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Indiana University, pursued graduate studies in Early Adolescent Education at Bank Street College of Education, and at the NJExcel program. Mr. Hogan currently serves as President-Elect of the Kean University Diversity Council.
James Laster - LCCS Assistant Head of School
James Laster has had the honor of serving the families of Jersey City by educating students at Learning Community Charter School for his entire professional career, spanning 11 years. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Africana Studies and an EdM in Social Studies Education in 2003, Mr. Laster was hired at LCCS as a middle school social studies teacher. He went on to gain certification as a middle school mathematics teacher and taught 7th and 8th grade math for several years. In 2011, while working on completing his EdM in Education Administration at Kean Unive
rsity, Mr. Laster fulfilled his desire to have a larger impact on the school community by serving as Middle School Coordinator and Dean of Students. After earning his degree in May of 2012, he became the Assistant Head of School at Learning Community.
LCCS PreK Director
Francine Strauss has been employed by LCCS for the past
twelve years as an early grades reading specialist and in addition as the
Pre-Kindergarten coordinator and supervisor for the past three years .Prior to
coming to LCCS Fran was employed by the New York City Board of Ed as a pre-k
teacher specialist and reading recovery teacher. She received her Masters in
Early Childhood Education and Professional Diploma in Supervision and
Administration from Bank Street College of Education where she also worked for
a year as a a teacher trainer. During that year Fran also consulted with
District 15 (NYC) where she initiated and implemented their Pre-k program.
Prior to being a consultant Fran was a day care director (Ossining
Children's Center- three years) and taught in various early childhood settings(
Director of Operations
Brittin Bleakley has been with Learning Community Charter
School for 8 years. Brittin began as the receptionist in the old location in
the Boys and Girls Club building. The nature of this position allowed for
Brittin to be the hub of the administrative team and to see all aspects of the
management of the organization. In the
fall of 2012, Brittin changed her roll at LCCS to Fundraising Coordinator.
After 2 years of successful years of fundraising she began her role as Director
of Operations and Facilities manager, Brittin is the supervisor of the
Brittin graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design,
upon graduation, she worked as a top account representative at a prominent sign
company in New York City, then in the business office of Acadia Scenic, in
Jersey City. She and her family moved to Jersey City in 2002, her daughter
graduated from LCCS in 2012 and her son is still attending the Middle School.
Brittin grew up in a rural setting, and is antsy to get back to country living,
Learning Community Charter School and the community it embodies is what keeps
her in Jersey City.