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Explore Empower Charter School is a K-8 public school located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Empower opened its doors in 2009 and is the second school in the Explore Schools network. Empower will graduate 60 8th graders annually to New York City’s top college-preparatory high schools. Empower offers extensive support services to meet students’ individual needs as well as ample opportunities for family involvement. To learn more about our education model, click here.

At Empower, we are driven by the  belief that our students can achieve at the highest levels, and it is our mission to provide them with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school.

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Meet Our Leader
Christina Cotter, Principal

Ms. Cotter joined the Empower community in 2011 after nearly a decade teaching special education in New York City public schools. She was a special education teacher in 2011-12 before becoming a literacy coordinator in the 2012-13 school year.

Ms. Cotter’s leadership in literacy school-wide led to her promotion to academic director in 2013. As academic director, she directly supervises and coaches teachers and instructional team members throughout the school. She leads the instructional team in identifying goals and academic priorities for the school, monitoring these goals through data review and analysis, and making strategic decisions to achieve academic success.

Ms. Cotter was named Empower’s principal in 2015.