Executive Director & School Administration

 Dr. Sara Asmussen 

New Dawn's Executive Director and founder, Dr. Sara M. Asmussen

While New Dawn policy is set by its Board of Trustees, the Board delegates day-to-day decision making to the Executive Director and holds the Executive Director responsible for the administration of policy, the execution of Board decisions, the operation of New Dawn and for keeping the Board informed about the operation of the school and other functions. In turn, the Executive Director delegates responsibility to members of the Leadership Team as necessary to ensure the efficient operation of New Dawn.
E-mail: sasmussen@ndchsbrooklyn.org

The school’s highly skilled and experienced leadership team includes the following members:

Nazli Askin

 Nazli Askin

Data Specialist

E-mail: naskin@ndchsbrooklyn.org



New Dawn Charter High School Administration

Donna Lobato

 Donna Lobato 


Holding a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Dowling College, Ms. Lobato has been teaching special education for the past 20 years, ranging from Early Intervention services to high school students with a variety of populations. Her experience also ranges from classroom teacher to administrative roles both in public and private school settings, but always maintains a connection with students by teaching classes and collaborating with faculty. Donna enjoys the challenging of finding ways and strategies to support student success. When she is not working Donna enjoys time on the beach with a good book.

Mariah Smith

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Dean of Students

As a graduate of Long Island University with a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, and having dedicated her career to numerous community based organizations and non-profit organizations, Ms. Smith has extensive professional experience working with New York City youth. From 2014-2018, she held the role of Family Support Counselor/Home Visit Coordinator at New Dawn Charter High School in Brooklyn, where she was able to lead and facilitate mentoring groups, conduct and organize Advisory and Women's Empowerment groups. Experienced as an academic tutor and youth services coordinator, Ms. Smith jumped at the opportunity to fill the role of Dean of Students where she is able to work one-on-one with students and staff in helping to shape the culture of the school as we grow and expand. 

E-mail: msmith@ndchsbrooklyn.org

New Dawn Charter High School II Administration

New Dawn Charter High School II, located in Jamaica, Queens, opened its doors in September 2019. Our staff here are dedicated to students who have fewer than 17 credits, and who are 16-21 years of age. Students in this location are prepared for the programmatic requirements in the New Dawn Charter Schools progressive educational model, in addition to obtaining credits in core classes, regents preparation, after-school clubs, and will encompass a strong College and Career Readiness component for all students as we grow. More information can be found at: www.ndchsqueens.org.

Mr. Zach Flory

 Zach Flory 


Mr. Flory is a founding member of the NDCHS II family and is currently serving as our Principal.

E-mail: zflory@ndchsqueens.org

Phil Pressoir

 Phil Pressoir  

Dean of Students

Mr. Pressoir is a founding member of the NDCHS II family and is currently serving as Dean of School. Details coming soon!

E-mail: ppressoir@ndchsqueens.org

Mr. Sanma Thapa

 Sanma Thapa 


Mr. Thapa is a founding member of the NDCHS II family and continues to serve in his role as the Lead Counselor.

E-mail: sthapa@ndchsqueens.org

Erica Fabiano

 Erica Fabiano 

Special Education Coordinator

Ms. Fabiano is a founding member of the NDCHS II family and continues to serve in her role as the Special Education Coordinator.

E-mail: efabiano@ndchsqueens.org

Marissa Disla