Empower Lower School
Our instructional program is based on the belief that all students can meet high expectations when provided the right environment and resources to achieve.
At Empower, we work to create a nurturing community, working closely with families to recognize each student as an individual.
Empower Lower Charter School is a K–5 public school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (CSD 17).
- Our Common Core aligned curricula emphasizes critical thinking and rigor, helping our students develop the skills they need for college-preparatory high schools.
- Our school day and year are extended to provide students with 25% more instructional time than a traditional public school.
- Our students participate in a wide array of enrichment activities — including dance, music, and physical education weekly.
Meet The Team
At Empower Lower School our leadership team is a group of committed educators:
Principal: Jonathan Carrington
Director of Operations Resident: Dominique Stone-Maddix
Academic Director (K-2): Jessica Sutherland
Academic Director (3-5): Tracey Louis
Special Populations Coordinator: Chloe Richardson
Dean of Students: Jaja Bey
CSD 17, Crown Heights Brooklyn
Opened in 2009
“Explore Schools means a brighter future and a good education. It means teachers who try their best to help prepare me for high school and beyond.”
– Allie, Empower Student
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655 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Email: Calvin Massiah, DOO at
Phone: (718) 703-4484
188 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Email: Stefani Gospodinova, DOO at
Phone: (718) 771-2090
1077 Remsen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236
Email: Claudia Tjong, DOO at
Phone: (718) 303-3245
443 St. Marks Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11238
Email: LaKiesha George, Principal at
Phone: (347) 609-3918
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