Alexandra Anormaliza   
Executive Director 

Alexandra is the Executive Director of the Affinity Field Support Center. In this role, she oversees the instructional, operational, and youth development supports for 162 secondary and high schools, working in close collaboration with multiple superintendents and Affinity Group Organizations. Alex was the founding principal of The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and has also served as Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Support, where she oversaw the development of citywide instructional expectations and complementary professional learning experiences for teachers and school, field, and central office administrators. 

A child of non-English speaking parents and an immigrant herself, Alex’s own experiences informed her belief in education as a vehicle for creating a more equitable society and led her to become a high school teacher in 1992. She is a graduate of New York City public schools and the City University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership. She was a member of the first cohort of the New York City Leadership Academy.

Jesseca Long
Director for English Language Learners 

Jesseca brings to Affinity FSC nineteen years of experience as a public school educator. Her career in education began as a French teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and continued through her three years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching high school mathematics and developing girls’ education projects with a local non-governmental organization in Guinea, West Africa. As a math and ESL teacher at Bronx International High School for eight years, she further developed her own pedagogy of inquiry and project-based learning. As a Math for America master teacher, in her role as the coordinator of teacher development and learning at Bronx International, and through her work as an adjunct professor of pre- and in-service teachers at Long Island University, she has had the opportunity to train and mentor teachers not only in meaningful professional collaboration, but also in their individual capacities to integrate language development and critical thinking into best practice across content areas.  

As the founding principal of Crotona International High School, Jesseca developed and supported teachers and teacher teams in a variety of aspects of effective student learning. Jesseca has a B.A. in French and in Linguistics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Columbia University, Teachers College. She received her School Building Leader (SBL) credential through the NYC Department of Education and NYC Leadership Academy’s Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP).

Abby Miller    Director for Special Education 

Abby 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 for Finance and Human Resources 

John 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 for Teaching and Learning

Daniel 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.