ALEXIS ACOSTA, Technology COORDINATOR
IVY ANDERSON, Director of Postsecondary readiness
Ivy Anderson has worked alongside people fighting for social justice in the education and social services world for the past 10 years. She previously worked for non-profits and public schools in Boston, in a variety of roles including after school teacher, public advocate and director of communications, thus bringing a breadth of administrative and relationship-building skills to her role as Director of Postsecondary Readiness.
Ivy believes deeply that young people (well, all people) develop identity through exposure to difference and the world around them, which is what she strives to show UA Maker students as they prepare for life post high school.
Ivy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she majored in English/Writing with a concentration in African American Literature. She also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and continues to travel whenever she can!
KELLY CARRION, SECRETARY
Kelly Carrion, raised in the Bronx graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. She began her career in the Department of Education as a School Aide in November 2007 at The High School of Graphic Communication Arts (which she attended). As the school was phasing out she came to work at UA Maker Academy as the Parent Coordinator in 2014. In 2015 Kelly transitioned to school Secretary.
CLINT Laird, Social Worker/Guidance Counselor
Originally from Ohio, Clint Laird earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from the University of Dayton. After living in Central America, immersing himself in both the culture and the language, he returned to his Alma Mater to earn a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Guidance Counseling. A few years later, Clint also received his Master of Social Work degree and is recognized as a LMSW. As a result of his training and experiences, Clint takes an approach with students that is both solution focused and dynamic. He uses various therapeutic and mindfulness techniques to reduce emotional reactivity and promote an attention to the present moment. Clint assists students with everyday life struggles as well as acute crisis moments. He encourages all students in building self-insight, acceptance, compassion and morality. Clint is available to support any UA Maker student/family and is stoked to be a part of the UA Maker team.
Outside of school, Clint enjoys a multitude of different activities. He is an avid runner, yogi and hopelessly addicted to Orange Theory. He completed his yoga teacher certification in 2014 and is desperately trying to change the world one yoga class at a time. In addition to these hobbies, Clint danced professionally for 5 seasons with MamLuft&Co Dance in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the rest of his spare time, he recharges by hanging out at home or exploring the city with his partner in crime Adam and their dog Carlos.
Luz Pardo, Paraprofessional
Norberis Saint-Hilaire, Paraprofessional
Venus Herrera, Parent Coordinator
STEPHEN ROBERTS, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL CULTURE
Stephen Roberts was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, the land of snow, the best buffalo wings and one of the greatest National Football League teams, the Buffalo Bills. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Long Island University.
Stephen began his teaching career in Harlem, New York where he taught for three years. After Harlem, he relocated to Brooklyn, New York where he worked for ten years with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Charter School, as a Math and Science teacher as well as Dean of Students.
This year marks his fourteenth year working as an educator. He is both honored and privileged to help nurture and develop the future generation. He is proud of the career he has built and equally as proud to be the Director of School Culture at UA Maker.