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.
Jennifer Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Development
Jen Hughes has been part of the LCCS family since 2008 when her daughter was accepted into kindergarden. For six years she worked as a volunteer coordinating the school's Spring Gala, and she was hired as Development Director in 2014. She oversees all fundraising at the school, manages internal and external communications, and publications.
For the past 20 years she has worked as a newspaper reporter, covering crime in Lansing, Michigan, working in the Washington D.C. bureau for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, writing about local government for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and covering courts and legal affairs for The (Bergen) Record. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The (Newark) Star-Ledger, Columbia Law School Report, New Jersey Monthly, Babble.com, and National Real Estate Investor.