Learning Community Charter School

Learning Community Charter School
Administration Bios

Colin Hogan
Head of School 

     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 Laster
Assistant Head of School 

     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.

Ada Elizabeth Severino

Office Manager and Administrative Assistant 

    Ada Severino has served in this position since 2010. She was also the Student Office Assistant to Peers Educating Peers Program (PEP) at New Jersey City University while pursuing her B.S. degree in Business Management.

While working for PEP, which is a peer group that provides interactive outreach programming to the campus and local communities on social issues, she served as the  Area 11 Delegate for the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network Conference at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006. She was the Area 11 Delegate and Presenter at the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network General Assembly in Chicago in 2005. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for serving on the NJCU First Annual Conference: “See You at the Top: Empowering Youth through Education” High School Planning Committee."

In 2005 and 2006 she was chosen for NJCU Project Leadership, and in 2004 and 2005 she completed The College of New Jersey Alcohol and Drug Education Program. She became a Certified Peer Educator through the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network in 2004. Ada received the Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service in 2004, as well as the BACCHUS Outstanding Peer Theater awards in 2002, 2004, and 2005.
Ada attended Saint Aloysius Elementary Academy, the Academy of Saint Aloysius
which was a college preparatory high school for girls, and New Jersey City University. She was born and raised in Jersey City, and has two Lhasa Apsos, Teddy and Gizzy, who are her spoiled fur babies. She loves plants and has an avid green thumb, Ada also loves cooking and traveling with her husband.


Jennifer Hughes 
Director of Development and Communications 

    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 $100,000 annually. Fundraising and development includes all events and sales, and she also handles grant writing, community outreach, and public relations. Additionally curates and designs the weekly newsletter, manages internal and external communications, updates many of the school's website pages, and writes and designs the schools publications. 

For the past 20 years 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,, and National Real Estate Investor.  

Kimberley Smith 
Technology Coordinator 

     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 

Ulrika Boijort

Student Records/Enrollment & HR Coordinator 

Barbara Kiss 
Director of Operations and Facilities 


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