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Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School
Administration Bios

                               
    Colin 
Colin Hogan
Head of School
chogan@lccsnj.org 


     Colin Hogan is Head of School at Learning Community Charter School.  From 2010-2013 he was the Social Studies Coordinator for the Highland Park School District.  He taught 6th grade history in Highland Park from 2004-2010.  Prior to coming to Highland Park Mr. Hogan taught at Princeton Charter School.  Mr. Hogan began his career in education in 1999 teaching at the Academy of Communications and Technology and at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago.  He has won numerous awards for teaching and was recognized as New Jersey History Teacher of the Year in 2013. In 2017, the New Jersey Charter Schools Association named him top Administrator of the Year. 

Before becoming a teacher he worked as a community organizer in both Israel and New York City.  Mr. Hogan earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Indiana University, pursued graduate studies in Early Adolescent Education at Bank Street College of Education, and at the NJExcel program.  Mr. Hogan currently serves as President-Elect of the Kean University Diversity Council.  

     James  
James Laster
Assistant Head of School  
jlaster@lccsnj.org 

     James Laster has had the honor of serving the families of Jersey City by educating students at Learning Community Charter School for his entire professional career, spanning 11 years.  After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Africana Studies and an EdM in Social Studies Education in 2003, Mr. Laster was hired at LCCS as a middle school social studies teacher.  He went on to gain certification as a middle school mathematics teacher and taught 7th and 8th grade math for several years.  In 2011, while working on completing his EdM in Education Administration at Kean Unive
rsity, Mr. Laster fulfilled his desire to have a larger impact on the school community by serving as Middle School Coordinator and Dean of Students.  After earning his degree in May of 2012, he became the Assistant Head of School at Learning Community.


Leslie Urteaga 

Office Manager and Administrative Assistant 
lurteaga@lccsnj.org 

     Leslie grew up in Queens, NY with three siblings and studied education. She moved to New Jersey in the early 2000's and has two amazing and funny children, Jacob and Valerie is 11. She also has two dogs, Charlotte and Nikki. Her favorite candy is Cotton Candy, her favorite color is blue, and her favorite place is the beach. She says: "I'm so happy to be a part of the LCCS family!" 


 Jennifer Hughes 

Director of Development and Communications 
jhughes@lccsnj.org 

    Jen Hughes joined LCCS family in 2008 when her daughter was accepted into kindergarden. Starting that year, she served as a volunteer coordinating the school's Spring Gala, and she was hired as Development Director in 2014. She oversees all fundraising at the school, and is responsible for raising at least $110,000 annually. Fundraising and development includes all events and sales, and she also handles grant writing, community outreach, and public relations. Additionally, she designs the weekly newsletter, writes external communications, updates many of the school's website pages, and writes and designs the schools annual reports, pamphlets and other marketing publications. 

For 20 years before joining LCCS ars she has worked as a newspaper reporter, covering crime in Lansing, Michigan, working in the Washington D.C. bureau for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, writing about local government for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and covering courts and legal affairs for The (Bergen) Record. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The (Newark) Star-Ledger, Columbia Law School Report, New Jersey Monthly, Babble.com, and National Real Estate Investor.  


Kimberley Smith 
Technology Coordinator 
ksmith@lccsnj.org 

     Prior to working as technology coordinator, Kimberley taught 2nd and 4th Grades, having joined the LCCS faculty in 2005. As technology coordinator she teaches technology classes to 4th and 5th grades, covering curriculum that ranges from online safety to sound research skills, to coding. She manages all the technology needs in the building, and administers the state-mandated PARCC test. 

Before joining LCCS she worked at Children's Aid Society in NYC as a social worker and program director for 10 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Art Education and a master's degree in social work and Education.



Melissa Megaro 
Comptroller 
mmegaro@lccsnj.org 

Ulrika Boijort

Student Records/Enrollment & HR Coordinator

uboijort@lccsnj.org 


Barbara Kiss 
Director of Operations and Facilities 
bkiss@lccsnj.org 

    

 
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