METLCS

Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

At Lighthouse Academies, we prepare our scholars through rigorous programs that provide them with a foundation that will allow them to succeed in and graduate from college. Our unique arts-infused curriculum, emphasis on social development and integration of diverse cultural opportunities augments learning and broadens horizons.

About

Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 420
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Tyra Williams

Features

  • Responsive Classroom Approach to Social Development
  • Summer SHINE program
  • Physical Education and Arts Education classes
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Technology Integration in all Classrooms
  • Reading Partners Tutoring Program

Annual Events

  • Home Visits
  • Monthly Town Hall Meetings
  • Family Fun Day

Extracurricular Activities

  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts

Partnerships

  • Reading Partners
  • Donors Choose
  • New York Charter School Association
  • New Victory Theater
  • Teach For America
  • PwC
  • PENCIL

Announcements

Calendar

July

  • July 4- Independence Day
  • July 11- July 28 Summer Shine( Mon-Thurs.)

August

  • August 8-August 26- Professional Development Institute, Home Visits
  • August 29- First Day of School
  • August 29- Early Dismissal for K (1:00pm)
  • August 30- Early Dismissal for K (1:00pm)
  • August 31- Early Dismissal Begins for all scholars(1:00pm)
   
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School Leaders

Principal

Tyra L. Williams

MetLCS Principal
Ms. Williams began her career with the NYCDOE as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx. After teaching grades 1-3 for 5 years, she transitioned to become a middle school teacher of English Language Arts and Social-Studies. During her seven year tenure as a middle school teacher, Ms. Williams achieved academic success and took on the role of Grade Team Leader while pursuing a master's degree in school and district leadership. Shortly thereafter, she came an Assistant Principal both on the middle and high school levels. After 4 years, Ms. Williams was accepted into the New York City Leadership Academy's Aspiring Principals' Program. Most recently, she served as middle school principal in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Ms. Williams holds a BA from State University of New York at Albany, an MS in Elementary Education from Fordham University and an MS in Administration and Supervision from The College of New Rochelle.
Director of Teacher Leadership (K-4)

Alida Maravi

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Ms. Maravi started her career teaching elementary school English as a Second Language (ESL) and 2nd grade general education in Washington, D.C. through Teach for America. From there, she taught 3rd grade in Chicago and Kindergarten in Everett, WA, a suburb of Seattle. Throughout her teaching career she was passionate about helping her students make significant gains in academic achievement, collecting and sharing resources and best practices with colleagues, and interacting with parents and community members on a regular basis. Ms. Maravi holds a BA from the University of Michigan as well as an EdM in Educational Neuroscience from Harvard University.
Assistant Principal and Director of Teacher Leadership (5-8)

Kurt Davidson

Kurt Davidson
Mr. Davidson leads the Upper Academy at MetLCS. He began his career as a Teach for America special education teacher at The Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Over four years, Mr. Davidson assumed greater leadership roles serving as a team leader and then as a mathematics instructional leader, leading the curriculum, professional development, and instructional coaching effort that came with transitioning to the Common Core Standards. In that time, he also served as a Seminar Instructor for TNTP, providing coaching and instruction for first year teachers working to gain certification. Looking to expand his leadership skills and gain public school district experience, Mr. Davidson served as a Resident Principal at Pinewood Elementary in Charlotte, NC. In his residency through New Leaders, he directly managed nine classroom teachers and successfully led the school's Read to Achieve, personalized learning, and School Leadership Team/ Title I initiatives. Mr. Davidson has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Special Education degree from George Mason University.
Business Manager

Jose A. Obregon

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Jose A. Obregon is the business manager at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx, New York. He was born in Colombia, South America and came to the United States with his parents when he was a year old. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard while still attending college. He studied at Excelsior College in New York State and Hunter College of the City University of New York in New York. Jose majored in History and Political Science and has a Bachelor of Science degree. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jose enlisted into the active Army. He entered active service as a commissioned officer and served in the United States Army for over 22 years. During his military career, Jose held various supervisory positions in the area of personnel administration, logistics, operations, and also held two command assignments. During his career in the Army, Jose served in multiple combat tours before finally retiring from active service in 2006. During his career as a New York City public charter school professional, Jose has worked for several years in the area of finance and also facilities management.
Director of Scholar Support Services

Lorraine Martin

Lorraine Martin
Mrs. Martin currently serves as the Director of Scholar Services at MetLCS. Mrs. Martin has functioned as a General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Director of Student Services and Educational Consultant during her tenure as an educator. She currently holds B.S. in Information Systems from Pace University and an M.S. in Elementary Education with a focus on Special Education, as well as an M.S. in School Building Leadership, both from Mercy College. Mrs. Martin was raised in the Bronx and is a devoted mother of three girls. In her current role, Mrs. Martin ensures that children who are classified as having special needs, and children in the process of being evaluated receive the services and interventions they need to be successful. In addition, she ensures that the school is in proper compliance with the law.
Operations Manager

Melissa Alston

Melissa Alston
Ms. Melissa Alston is the Founding Manager, Operations at MetLCS. Ms. Alston has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She began her career in Assets Protection at Target Corp, where she held several security management positions. She then went on to hold other positions at Target Corp. including merchandising and full store management. Her experience and success in leading teams led her to rapid promotion in the company, and while she loved her job, she knew she wanted more out of her career both personally and professionally. Ms. Alston, a native of the Bronx, joined the MetLCS team in order to impact the lives of scholars and ensure that each every one of them has the skills and knowledge to get to and through college. Ms. Alston is passionate about operational excellence, adult development, safety and removing obstacles to ensure scholars at MetLCS receive the best educational possible. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

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Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your scholar academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your scholar’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide scholars with a high quality education.

The deadline for scholar applications for the 2015 – 2016 school year has passed.  Parents are welcome to submit a completed application which will be added to our wait list.

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Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our scholars. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 15 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

180 West 165th Street, Bronx, NY 10452, USA

40.8342667 -73.9301758
Tel: 718-893-0640
Fax: 718-893-0675

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