Our Team

At Gotham Scholars, we work as one team to support our scholars. From our advisory board to our teachers & mentor staff, every individual believes in bringing their individual energy and experience to supporting our scholars.

Our Directors


Sheila Patel

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Founder, Executive Director

Leadership Teacher

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Jenna Patel

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Math Teaching Assistant



Priti Patel

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Our Teachers


Sara Boeck Batista

Our ELA Fellow, Sara Boeck Batista, is a veteran NY high school humanities teacher. She has over 13 years experience in developing interdisciplinary learning expeditions focused on literacy, cultural competency, and analysis. She has passion for modeling classroom strategies to create a culturally competent learning environment and creates space for her students to think critically through reading, writing and class discussion. She won the Klingenstein National Teacher of the Year award in 2019 and has the special super power of finding the perfect book for any student. Sara has inspired our students through books by Octavia Butler and non-fiction by Jon Ronson and has coached our first scholar to complete a Model UN Simulation.


Sheila Sarkar

Our Math/STEM Teacher, Sheila Sarkar, has traversed various media, tech, and entrepreneurial roles in Silicon Valley and NYC. Her love for math and science inspired her to further her education over the last decade to teach the next generation of scientists and innovators. Having worked in the NYC Department of Education and CUNY in the capacities of teaching and research, Sheila works with students of all ages to develop their critical thinking and foundation skills for furthering their education in the sciences. She has developed a cutting edge Culinary Math curriculum for our scholars to learn fundamentals, business math, and the art and science of cooking.

Our Mentors


Yasmin Elnakib


Trisha Franz


Amit Gupta

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Amy Zuckerman

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Elizabeth Jois

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Gabriella Demaggio

Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists a diverse group of professionals that believe education can unlock new opportunities. Their guidance and support has been critical to the success of our organization. More details  coming soon.

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