Keisha Warner
Principal

Keisha Warner’s passion for education gained momentum in her senior year of undergraduate studies at Smith College.  Soon after graduating, she was accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows program which launched her career as an English teacher.  She received her Masters in Secondary English Education from New York University.

A decade later, under the guidance of founding principal Rex Bobbish, she pursued a Masters in School Leadership at Bank Street College.  Keisha Warner is a Bronx native and is happy to be back home to support her teachers in educating our future generation.


Alison Beckman
Assistant Principal

Alison Beckman’s pathway to education began as a teaching assistant and instructor during her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland at College Park, and continued as she pursued her Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University.  In 2001, she was hired by the NYCDOE as a Related Service Counseling Provider and went on to serve in multiple positions, including special education liaison, teacher, guidance counselor, data specialist, and guidance department coordinator.

In 2007, she was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and continues to mentor Social Work Interns onsite to bolster student support.  In 2011, she obtained her administrative certification through the College of St. Rose.  Alison Beckman is a proud Brooklyn native and currently resides with her family, two dogs, turtle and fish.  Her biggest passion will always be education.

Rani Pendharkar
Assistant Principal

My transformation from being a teacher to a leadership role has taken me on a journey of elevating my passion to help students understand “the power of knowledge.”  It has not been an easy road but my perseverance and my desire to make a difference has continued have to motivate me. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the Cinema High School team.  I will strive to be supportive of our school community so that ultimately our students will reach their highest potential and continue their journey to valuable and productive citizens.