Meet the Team
Titles: Head of Middle School, Teacher
Location: Kearns Hall
Departments: Administration, English
Kamilah Briscoe was appointed as our Head of Middle School for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Ms. Briscoe is a long-time educator and advocate of educational opportunities for students across New York City. She has worked for more than 20 years in diverse settings, including education research institutes, charter schools, public and private colleges, and educational foundations. Throughout her career, Kamilah has developed programming for a new high school in Harlem; managed a new and innovative academic resource center in CUNY’s City College; helped to establish an education policy research center at New York University; and created new educational initiatives for the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.
Kamilah joined Staten Island Academy in 2018 as the Grade 7 and 8 English teacher and has since served as the Grade 7/8 Dean and 7/8 Girls’ basketball and softball coach. She holds a bachelor’s from Princeton University and a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kamilah is a proud graduate of an independent high school in Massachusetts. She is thrilled to lead Staten Island Academy’s Middle School, honored to be a member of the Academy community, and humbled every day by the opportunity to work with the school’s outstanding faculty, staff, students, and families. Her focus is ensuring that young people have the resources they need to learn, play, and grow in supportive and vibrant classroom environments that meet their individual needs and allow them to realize their most ambitious goals.
Title: Middle School Administrative Assistant
Locations: Kearns Hall
Laura Rizzo has been at Staten Island Academy since 2002 and serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Middle School and Director of Middle School. She is responsible for assisting the Middle School faculty and students and is known as the "heart and soul" of the Middle School in Kearns Hall. Ms. Rizzo also serves as the Academy Bus Coordinator and Senior Service Coordinator.
Of her role, Ms. Rizzo says, "What I love most about my job is a no-brainer: being around the kids. They really make my day! And I feel like I learn so much from them. They just make me laugh. I have wonderful colleagues, as well, who treat me as an equal and part of the whole Middle School Team. I'm so lucky to be exactly where I am."
Title: Dean of Grades 5-8, Teacher
Location: Alumni Hall
Department: Science, Mathematics
Michael Shanley is the Grade 5-8 Dean of Students and teaches Math and Science, working in education for over a decade. He coaches Middle School baseball and is the Faculty Tech Adviser to the Fine Arts Department. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University at Albany and is a Staten Island Academy graduate. In his free time, Mr. Shanley enjoys the great outdoors and birdwatching.