Born in the Bronx and educated in Washington, DC, Ellen Borenstein is the founding principal of ICS. She has been teaching and leading in elementary schools for 16 years.ICS - Very First Day of School for Kindergarteners-5 copy

Prior to ICS, Ellen taught 3rd and 4th grades and was an assistant principal in the Elmsford Union Free School District. She also worked as the Literacy Curriculum leader for the Concord Road School in Ardsley. Previously she helped to select the math curriculum for the Dobbs Ferry School District.

Ellen and her husband Ben have three grown children; two of them work internationally, one in South America and another in East Africa.

Director of Learning Support

Jennifer Lotito joined ICS in 2015, just as we opened out doors. She collaborates with teachers, families, and the District’s Committee on Special Education to ensure students with cognitive or physical disabilities achieve academic, social, and emotional growth.

Jennifer LotitoJennifer was drawn to special education when she began volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy as a teen.

Born and raised on Long Island, Jennifer attended Binghamton University. As an undergraduate, she studied psychobiology, focusing on the connection between the brain and behavior. During her undergraduate years, Jennifer also provided home and community skills support to teens and young adults with disabilities. These experiences combined with her passion for promoting an inclusive mindset led Jennifer to pursue her graduate degree in Inclusive Childhood Education.

She has over seven years experience as a classroom teacher, consultant special education teacher, and learning specialist within both district and charter schools. Jennifer completed her masters in school leadership at Hunter College.

Mental Health Coordinator

A Licensed Master Social Worker, Annie Harris-Kornblith fosters a safe and welcoming environment where ICS

IMG_7059students can grow both socially and emotionally. Collaborating with teachers and families she ensures ICS provides appropriate supports for students while at school and at home. Annie joined ICS in 2015.

Most recently Annie worked for Little Flower, a Brooklyn foster care agency, providing counseling for children and families.  Following college Annie moved to Brooklyn to work providing behavioral and educational services to students at an elementary school in East New York. She then enrolled in a graduate program at New York University, where she received her Master of Social Work. During her time at NYU, Annie worked with children at a special needs school in Ghana and interned as a case manager at a high school in Williamsburg.

Executive Director

Matthew Levey is a father of three students who attended NYC public schools. His work as a US diplomat in South America and Eastern Europe deepened his global understanding; a decade of management consulting gave him a range of business acumen.ICS - Very First Day of School for Kindergarteners-8

Matthew joined the Foreign Service after college and was posted to Ecuador, Romania, Washington and Bosnia. In that last assignment he was part of the team that negotiated an end to the Yugoslav civil war. He moved to Prague in 1996 to rejoin his wife, who was teaching English at a Czech high school.

Returning to New York in 1997 he earned an MBA at Columbia University and began a career in management consulting at McKinsey & Co.

A parent activist for many years, he is married to a high school ESL teacher. His essays on have been published in the Daily NewsGotham Schools and WNYC’s Schoolbook. Brian Lehrer interviewed Matthew about the experience of opening ICS.

Director of Operations

A native of Washington DC, Catherine Cacho Leary received her BA in Dance degree from The George Washington Cat Leary photoUniversity and her MBA in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Cat started her career heading up the Performing Arts department for the Sunset Park After School Program at PS1 where she worked with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. After a several years working in operational and financial roles in the arts world, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, she joined  Brooklyn Prospect Charter School as an Operations and Business Manager.

Cat teaches Budgeting and Financial Planning for nonprofit executives at Pratt Institute Manhattan campus.

A member of the GWU Black Alumni Association of NY/NJ and GWU-CAST (Contributing Associates in Support of Theatre and Dance), Cat lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.