Leadership Team

Alison Sheehan, Senior Director & Director of Teaching & Learning
Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Alison: (718) 935-3707

Alison is Director of Teaching and Learning at the Brooklyn North Borough Office.  Prior to this, she was the Network Leader for CFN 102/113 where she supported over 50 schools.   She began her career in 1990 as a teacher at PS 321K. Her extensive experience as an educator included positions as School Leader, Director of Professional Development (District 15) and Local Instructional Superintendent (Region 8).  In 2006, she took an 18-month hiatus from the DOE to join Dr. Jim Stigler, Professor of Psychology at UCLA, and director/co-author of the TIMMS video studies, to work at LessonLab Inc., a company whose mission was to study and improve classroom teaching. She returned to the DOE in 2008.   

Adrienne DugginsDirector of Finance & Human Resources

Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Adrienne: (718) 935-3107
Email Adrienne: aduggins@schools.nyc

Prior to her role as Director of Finance & Human Resources, Adrienne was Director of Budget for the Brooklyn North Borough Office and many other positions with the NYC DOE for many years.  Prior to this, Adrienne worked for Verizon Communications, formerly Bell Atlantic and NYNEX for eight years.  Within those eight years, Adrienne honed her customer service skills as well as the ability to function in a fast-paced environment. Adrienne joined the DOE in 2003 as a school business manager in District 16 where she gained the practical knowledge of HR and finance that she is able to successfully and diligently apply to her various positions with the DOE.  She takes this blend experience into the role of Director of Finance & Human Resources. 


Steven Strull, 
Director of Student Services
Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Steven: (718) 935-3767

Steven is the Director of Student Services at the Brooklyn North Borough Office.  He supervises content expert administrators and managers in Guidance, School Climate, Crisis/De-escalation, Attendance, and School Health.  Previously, Steven facilitated a pre-service Principal preparation experience called Leaders in Education Apprentice Program (LEAP) for the Office of Leadership.  Additionally, Steven served as a Local Instructional Superintendent in the Bronx and as a Leadership Coach with the New York City Leadership Academy.  Formerly, Steven directed the National School Reform Faculty, creators of the Critical Friends Group approach.  Steven has extensive experience in school reform, professional development, and central and field office supervision and leadership and has been involved with the small schools movement for over 20 years.

Anthony Pizzillo, 
Director of English Language Learners
Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Anthony: (718) 935-4840
Email Anthony: apizzil@schools.nyc.gov

Anthony is the Director of the Division of English Language Learners, overseeing the management of professional learning opportunities and resources to advance the academic achievement of English language learners. Prior to becoming a Director at the Brooklyn North Borough Office, Anthony was an Instructional Lead supporting schools with differentiating instruction for ELLs and students with disabilities at the secondary level. He also served as an ELL Instructional and Compliance Coach with Children First Network 102/113. During his first 13 years with the DOE, Anthony was an ENL teacher and coordinator in both middle and high schools. Anthony has an MA from New York University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Foreign Language (Italian), and Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hunter College of City University of New York.

Robert Kopiec, Director of Special Education

Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Robert: (718) 935-3772

Robert was formerly the Administrator of Special Education for District 13 and an Assistant Principal at 13K350. He now works on behalf of all Brooklyn North schools to ensure that they are all in compliance with respect to Special Education services to all students with disabilities (SWDs), including staff with the appropriate special education personnel, and ensuring that all teachers who work with SWDs receive the appropriate professional learning to continuously improved their instructional practices to increase their impact on learning for SWDs. 

Dennis Martinez, 
Director of Operations

Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Robert: (718) 935-5661

Jennifer Conway,
Support Service Liaison 

Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office
Call Jen: (718) 935-3730

Jen is currently the Support Service Liaison at the Brooklyn North Borough Office, where she is responsible for working to develop and foster relationships with the district and high school superintendents and their teams.  Jen joins the FSC from the Office of Assessment where she was the Director of Special Projects.  Previously, Jen served for four years as the Chief of Staff at the cluster level, providing support to the Chief Executive Officer and 11 networks.  Jen began her career at the DOE in the Office of School Quality.  Prior to coming to the DOE, Jen spent many years in the field of non-profit higher education in Washington DC, including four years at the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, which is a national agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education.  She holds a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Education Policy Studies both from the University of Virginia.