Leah Liberman

Ms. Liberman is excited to be teaching 7th grade science at UASCJ. Leah first came to UASCJ in 2014 as the Afterschool Program Director, and quickly realized she wanted to become a classroom teacher in this learning community. She was born here in New York City then moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English and Art History. After her college experience, Ms. Liberman conducted biomedical research at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine. Ms. Liberman is excited to share her passion for science with her students this year. When Ms. Liberman is not teaching you can find her at a yoga class or reading outside.



Chrissie Daglas, 8th Grade

Ms. Daglas was raised in Queens, New York.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology at Hofstra University in Long Island and her masters degree in biochemistry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn.  She worked as a neurological lab technician for 3 years in Westchester at the Burke Rehabilitation Institute for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  There, she discovered her love of teaching and never looked back.  Ms. Daglas taught science for 17 years in the New York City Public Schools.  She hopes to pass on the same passion she has for science to the students at UASCJ.   Ms. Daglas competed gymnastics at the regional level.  She started at the age of 12.  She obtained a gymnastics scholarship in college and taught in local gyms after graduating Hofstra.  She also competed in track.  Other interests include volleyball and handball.


Bianca Piazza, 10 & 11th Grade

Ms. Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech Language Pathology) from St. Joseph’s College and her master’s degree in Adolescent Science Education from Long Island University. During her undergraduate learning she was able to work with a variety of students who had learning and speech impairments. It was here where she helped students make such progress and knew this is where she would want to further her career. Ms. Piazza became a New York City Teaching Fellow, began her journey teaching, loved it and never looked back!


Deena Lopez,11th & 12th Grade

Ms. Lopez was born and raised in Brooklyn. She attended the University of Delaware receiving her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Wildlife Conservation with a minor in Biology. Soon after she moved to Athens, Georgia where she worked as a research technician studying wildlife diseases.  Missing the city life, she returned to New York to work as a marine biology educator for a non-profit organization on the Hudson River before attending graduate school at Fordham University where she received a masters degree in Ecology. Ms. Lopez enjoyed her experience working with students of all ages and watching them learn about science in an urban setting.  This prompted her to join the New Visions MASTER program to embark on her teaching career. She is excited to continue this journey at UASCJ!