LEEP Dual Language Academy works because of our people: parents, students, and a caring, professional staff with a passion for high-quality education in two languages. Our team hails from the United States (including Puerto Rico), Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela. We teach and operate in Spanish and English, and LEEP Academy team members also speak Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), German, Italian, Korean, and American Sign Language.


Roberto Gutiérrez
Founder and Executive Director

Roberto Gutiérrez founded Latino Educational Equity Partnerships (LEEP) in 2015 with the vision for schools like LEEP Academy. A Brooklyn resident since 2005 and the son of Mexican immigrants, Mr. Gutiérrez is a writer, filmmaker, communications leader, and former executive for leading national charter school networks. He is a graduate of St. Mary's University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame for advancing values of justice and peace in American broadcasting.

Michael Regnier
Co-founder and Deputy Executive Director

Michael Regnier co-founded LEEP Academy. A Brooklyn resident since 2008, Mr. Regnier previously served as Director of Policy & Research for the New York City Charter School Center and Vice President of Organizational Learning & Impact at Turnaround for Children. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Delines Rodriguez
Founding Principal

Delines (De-li-néz) Rodriguez is a skilled instructional leader and dual language specialist. She previously led elementary school instruction at Hoboken Language Academy (HoLa) Charter School and taught in the KIPP network. A former Teach for America corps member and TNTP teacher trainer, Ms. Rodriguez is a Brooklyn native and a graduate of Hunter College with an MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.

Mayra Torres
Director of Operations

Mayra Torres leads LEEP Academy’s operations. A native of Puerto Rico, she joined the education world from the banking industry, where she previously held management roles with Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Dorsa Fahami
Instructional Coach

Dorsa Fahami is an experienced dual language educator with teaching experience in Dallas, Texas and Santiago, Chile. Ms. Fahami grew up in Southern California, as the youngest daughter of Mexican and Iranian immigrants. She is a former Teach for America corps member and graduate of Boston University with an MA in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University.

Edgar Sanchez
Counselor & Special Education Coordinator

Edgar Sanchez is an experienced therapist and elementary school teacher. Formerly a recreational therapist and then a teacher at a leading charter network, Mr. Sanchez is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College. He earned an M.S. in Teaching Students with Disabilities from St. John’s University, where he earned the Excellence in Education Medal of Honor.

Margarita Cheng
Director of Family Experience

Margarita Cheng helps ensure a strong connection for all families at LEEP Academy and is a founding LEEP Academy parent herself! She was born in Panama, grew up in Venezuela, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baruch College, CUNY. Ms. Cheng has experience in television and marketing and previously worked as a parent liaison at a high school in Manhattan.

Christina Gutierrez
Christina Gutierrez
Math/Reading Interventionist & RTI Coordinator

Christina Gutierrez leads LEEP Academy's Response to Intervention system to make sure all students receive any early academic supports they need. Ms. Gutierrez is an experienced academic leader with a teaching background at charter school networks including KIPP and Achievement First. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where she won a President's Award for Leadership, and holds an M.S. from the Bank Street College of Education.

Teachers and Staff

Ambar Diaz Santiago
Teacher, Kindergarten

B.A., University of Puerto Rico

Carolina Espinoza
Teacher, Kindergarten

Ph.D., Queens University Belfast (Northern Ireland)
M.A., Queens University Belfast
B.A., Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro (Mexico)

Yaritza Mendez
Teacher, Kindergarten

B.A., University of Puerto Rico
M.S., CUNY Brooklyn College

Estefani Nunez
Teacher, Kindergarten

B.A., St. Joseph’s College

Andrea Puerta
Teacher, Kindergarten

B.S., Boricua College

Abby Ferreira
Associate Teacher, Kindergarten

M.S., Columbia University
B.A., Hunter College

Stephanie Rozon
Associate Teacher, Kindergarten

B.S., City College of New York

SooJin Jeon
Teacher, First Grade

M.A., Columbia University
B.S., New York University

Catriona Molinares
Teacher, First Grade

B.S., St. Bonaventure University

Jessica Pazmino
Teacher, First Grade

B.S., SUNY New Paltz

Viviana Plaza
Teacher, First Grade

B.S., Universidad Interamericana (Puerto Rico)
M.A., University of Phoenix

Heidi Feliz
Associate Teacher, First Grade

B.A., Baruch College

Beatrice Ruggeri
Teacher, Art & Dance

B.A., Università La Sapienza di Roma (Rome, Italy)

Nicolas Castañeda Lozano
Teacher, Music

B.A., Berklee College of Music
B.A., Distrital University (Bogotá, Colombia)

Yuris Pang
Staff Associate

B.A., SUNY Buffalo

Edelin Contreras
Yency Puntiel
Yolanda Reyes
Cafeteria Manager