Ms. Barbara De Pesa is the Dean of Instruction and a Founder at the new KIPPNYC College Prep Charter School in Manhattan. This is the first Knowledge is Power Program High School in New York. Before joining the KIPPNYC staff she served as the Assistant Principal of Mathematics at Lehman High School in the Bronx for seven years. Prior to this role, she worked as a math teacher for ten years. Ms. De Pesa grew up in the Bronx and attended public school for her K-12 education. She graduated from Pace University with a degree in Math and Education and then went on to earn a Master’s in Education from Iona College and an administration degree at the College of New Rochelle.