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School Principal, Eric Grande

Eric Grande has been principal of PS 56 since May of 2016.  Prior to arriving at PS 56, he was an assistant principal in District 7, Bronx for 5 years. In the classroom, he was a 5th grade general education and middle school technology teacher. His focus is on the fostering of authentic teaching and learning, the infusion of arts and music, wellness initiatives throughout the school, and other efforts, which results in an enriching educational experience for all children.

He enjoys his free time with his family, playing guitar, and listening to talk radio.

Staff Directory


E. Grande, Principal

A. Donnelley, Dean of Students

M. Williams, Parent Coordinator

Y. Best, Secretary

Cluster Teachers

S. Nicholson, Technology     

A. Mcfarlane, Library   

N. Swan, Dance                    

L. Calabro, Physical Education  

M. Rabinowitz, Maker Space

Educational Assistants

R. Rahaman 

S. Rizk 

C. Knight-O’Neill 

C. Lee 

V. Jean-Baptise 

A. Sarowar 

N. Williams

Classroom Teachers

Pre-K: F. Yauri

Pre-K: K. Greenberg

Kindergarten: A. Hamberry

Kindergarten: A. Myrtle

First Grade: R. Chantire

First Grade: A. Jimenez (IB Coordinator),

  D. James (AIS)

Second Grade: C. Sprately

Second Grade: R. Logan

K/1/2: B. Cruz 

Third Grade: Y. De La Rosa

Third Grade: A. Ramirez

Fourth Grade: M. Biggett

Fourth Grade: A. McDonald

Fifth Grade: T. Singleton

Fifth Grade: C. Darsett

3/4/5: T. Rocke

Support Staff

School Based Support Team:

    K. Koziel   - Psychologist 

    M. Chu  - Social Worker   

    V. Archibald - Family Assistant  

D. Keys, Guidance Counselor

E. Woods, Attendance                 

W. Perez, ESL

G. Ray, School Aide

J. Hochman, SETSS

L. Ramonez, Speech        

E. Hipp, Occupational Therapy        

J. Caldwell, Nurse

Itinerant, Physical Therapy

School Safety: Officer Lemon, Officer Sutton

Kitchen Staff: J. Plante, M. Garner, M. Hyde

Custodial Staff: A. Delrosso (Custodian Engineer), H. Jimenez, J. Davis, S. Clark,

M. Robinson


The School Leadership Team (SLT) is comprised of nominated parents and teachers who together develop the CEP (Comprehensive Educational Plan) for that school year. This cross-section of team members also work with the school administration and PTA to ensure that the appropriate resources are available to follow through on this and other policies throughout the year. In addition they:

  • Provide ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.

  • Play an important role in school-based decision-making

  • Help to make school cultures more collaborative.

2023-2024 SLT Members


Mr. Eric Grande, Principal

Ms Sharon Nicholson, United Federation of Teachers Rep

Ms. Lisa Calabro, Physical Education Teacher

Yanique Best, Payroll Secretary

Ms. McFarlane, Literacy Teacher


Ali Coleman, SLT Chair

Kate Newton, SLT Secretary

Beatriz Congar, PTA President

Felice Solis

Megan Dunlop

Meeting Dates

SLT Meetings occur the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30pm and are open to the school community. Non-members may speak at the end of the meeting.

Meeting link:


October 10th

November 14th

December 12th


January 9th
February 13th
March 12th
April 9th
May 14th
June 11th

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