Alexandra Anormaliza   
Executive Director 

Alexandra Anormaliza started her career in public education as a high school teacher in 1992. She served as founding principal of The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn from 2004 to 2010. Most recently, Alexandra was the Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Support, where she oversaw the development of yearly citywide instructional expectations and the implementation of aligned citywide professional learning experiences, and the inaugural leader for the Progressive Redesign Opportunity for Schools of Excellence (PROSE) program, which seeks to provide schools with flexibility to implement innovative strategies outside of existing union rules and Chancellor’s Regulations. Alexandra is a graduate of New York City public schools and the City University of New York. She was a member of the first cohort of the New York City Leadership Academy.  

Chris Tricarico    Director for Operational Support 

Christopher Tricarico has nearly 20 years of experience in the New York City public school system. He started his career in 1996 as an Elementary School Teacher, later becoming the assistant principal of P.S. 274 in District 32 and Principal of P.S. 75, also in District 32. He has also served as a network coach, cluster chief accountability officer, and deputy cluster leader, where he oversaw and supported 10 networks and more than 250 schools. Most recently, Christopher was the Executive Director for the Office of Renewal Schools, where he oversaw the development of the Renewal School Initiative. Christopher is also a graduate of New York City public schools and the City University of New York. 

Joshua Dragoon    Director of Strategy and Policy 

Joshua Dragoon began his career in education as an elementary school teacher.  He has served in a variety of professional development, curriculum, and coaching roles in which he has supported schools serving all grades, Pre-K to 12. He spent time as a school-based math coach and a network achievement coach. He also worked in the Central office for 3 years providing Citywide mathematics professional development, including Core Curriculum professional development that served over 13,000 teachers.  In these roles, he has supported teachers in implementing standards-based math curricula, improving mathematics pedagogy, and designing systems to support the sharing of effective practices within and across schools. Joshua is also completing work on a book on assessment in mathematics, to be published in early 2016. Most recently, he was an assistant principal at PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Joshua graduated from Vassar College and received master’s degrees in education and school leadership from Brooklyn College.

Abby Miller    Director of Specialized Support and Student Services 

Abby Miller has been with the DOE for 14 years. She began her career as an English teacher and dean at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where she worked for eight years. Within the network structure, she served first as a Special Education Instructional Coach and then as Administrator of Special Education for Network 107. During her six years with the network Abby helped create innovative ways to work with schools around writing quality IEPs and developing functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans. Abby worked with her schools since the inception of the special education reform as a member of a Phase I network and helped the schools develop systems and structures to embrace the Shared Path to Success.

John Garcia    Director of Finance and Human Resources 

John Garcia began his career with the Department of Education in 2003 after a successful career as a management consultant. He led teams for a national practice implementing systems and evaluating processes for Fortune 500 companies. He began with the DOE as a Budget Lead during the implementation of the Regional Operations Centers, supporting Brooklyn schools. He has served as a School Business manager supporting a K-12 gifted and talented school, where he ensured the new school administration could support the needs of the students and community. As a result, he became a financial officer and team leader within the initial Integrated Service Center, helping pilot the program for city-wide roll-out. He has been a Network Business Manager and a Director of Operations working with schools to support and implement their instructional vision. Most recently, he was a Deputy for Business Operations managing 13 networks and approximately 400 schools within the PSO structure. He is a graduate of one of our wonderful NYC High Schools and volunteers extensively in his community.

Daniel Walsh    Director of English Language Learners 

Daniel Walsh has worked across the kindergarten through graduate school spectrum in both teaching and administrative capacities for 25 years. He began his career working in higher education administration and became an ESL teacher in 2001 at PS 11 in Manhattan. In 2004, he was part of the founding staff of The International High School @ Prospect Heights where he served as teacher, advisor, literacy coach, and UFT Chapter Leader. During this time, he also taught pre- and in-service master’s students at City College. After a dissertation research sabbatical, he worked at Central to provide professional development for network and cluster staff around the Common Core Learning Standards and the teacher evaluation system. Most recently, he completed an SBL at Baruch College through the Leadership Academy and served as principal at the International High School at Union Square. Danny graduated from SUNY Binghamton and has advanced degrees from SUNY New Paltz and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tracey Collins    Director of Student Services 

After serving as an International Flight Attendant, Tracey Collins began her educational career as a 3rd grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, she has also served as a Community School Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Elementary/Middle School Principal. Following the principal-ship, for the last eight years she led Youth Development and Operational Support at the Queens ISC, then served as Network Director of Student Support Services and Deputy Network Leader. From 2012-13, she served as Executive Director of School Improvement and Special Projects in Cluster One. From 2013-2015 she served as Deputy Cluster Leader for Student Support Services in Cluster Five. Tracey earned an undergraduate degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, an MA in Elementary Education from City College of New York and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.