Leadership Prep Canarsie uses a dual leadership model to best ensure your student has the tools they need to become pillars of the community. Our Principal inspires our teachers’ instruction, energizes our students, and works to maximize student learning every day. Our Director of Operations leads the Operations team, which tackles everything from school finances and fire code compliance to late buses and lunch menus. They are the "details people" who do whatever it takes to promote and preserve instructional minutes during the day.
Jen Rugani is the Principal at Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary Academy. She initially joined LPC as a teacher and taught first, second, and third grade with the founding cohort of students. Prior to joining Leadership Prep, Jen taught at Achievement First Brownsville Elementary, and she also worked as a teacher and curriculum developer at Knewton, an education technology company. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard University and received her Master’s degree from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Jen was a Teach Like a Champion Fellow and completed the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship. She believes that great teaching has the power to change the world.
Director of Operations
Chris D’Amato is the Director of Operations at Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary Academy. Chris has worked in elementary schools for the past 8 years as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator and as a Program Manager for a reading non-profit in both San Francisco and New York City. Chris has been with Leadership Prep Canarsie since January 2016 and is extremely excited to work closely with the Canarsie community during the 2016-17 school year.