About the SLT

The School Leadership Team (SLT) of Booker T. Washington MS54 plays a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. Teams are the primary vehicles for developing school-based educational policies and ensuring that resources are aligned to implement those policies. Functioning in a collaborative manner, SLTs assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their effect on student achievement.

The responsibilities of the SLT are to develop and review the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), including annual goals and objectives; and to consult with the principal in developing a school-based budget and staffing plan aligned with the CEP. The SLT is not responsible for hiring or firing school staff. [Text taken from Chancellor’s Regs #A-655, School Leadership Teams.]

A copy of the current CEP is available in the library as well as online.

The SLT bylaws are also available.

2023-23 SLT members

CORE MEMBERS (mandatory)
Dr. Elana Elster, Principal
Joe Beauvais, UFT Rep.
Spyridoula Ntella, PTA Rep.
Jill Bennett, DC 37 Rep.

Sofia Hubscher, Recording Secretary
Janette Cardova
Eunice Chi
Janette Cardova
Randall Friedman
Katie Miller
Andy Weinstein
Usha Kotelawala

Sara Lichtman, Co-Chair
Daniel Clark, Recording Secretary
Elizabeth McNulty
Erica Williams
​Kyle Wilson


How often are meetings?

For the 2023-24 school year, meetings are held monthly. The schedule is set at the beginning of each academic year by the SLT members and can be found on the MS54 calendar.

Who can attend an SLT Meeting?

Anyone can attend, but only members or guests who are on the agenda may speak.

How can I get the SLT to discuss something important to me, even if I don’t wish to present the issue myself?

E-mail the SLT with your concerns.


How long is an SLT Member’s term?

One or two years, depending on the time you have been elected and the person you are replacing. Please check the bylaws for more specifics.

How do I become a member of SLT?

Elections for vacant SLT seats are held in June at the last general PTA meeting. One seat is held open for the beginning of the school year. If you are interested in running, you can contact the nominating committee to get on the ballot.