After graduating from NYOS Charter School in 2016, Toyosi began college at New York University and began cultivating skills to achieve goals in consulting, marketing, and social media strategy. She is now employed at CO OP Brand Co, a full-service creative company located in Manhattan, New York.
Executive Director of the half Helen Foundation, Chelsea Elliott, graduated from NYOS Charter School in 2009. After going through a personal experience with vision and hearing loss, Chelsea has gone on to found the half Helen Foundation with a mission to improve school-age children’s vision and hearing through innovative, cost-effective screening and dedicated advocacy.
Published fiction writer and Texas State University alumnus Claire Taylor graduated from NYOS Charter School in 2006. During her time at NYOS, Claire recalls becoming an active participant in her own life while being given the space not just to learn academic excellence, but to also practice independence.
Shelbi started her NYOS education in the 5th grade. The NYOS campus was, at the time, located at Gessner St, and the teaching staff was a mere 6 teachers! Shelbi states the hands-on experience she received from teachers was solely because of the smaller class sizes at the school. She felt the teachers had more time for her questions or when she struggled with a particular lesson.
In secondary, Shelbi decided to transfer to a public school due to her wanting to pursue an athletic volleyball scholarship, which she was awarded! She recalls the shock of attending public schools with, at times, 30 students per class and not receiving the hands-on approach from the teachers she had experienced at NYOS. Needless to say, it took a bit of getting used to for Shelbi.
Shelbi is now happily married and has recently welcomed her 2nd child, Miss Emmalynn Brinley weighing in at a whopping and beautiful 10.5 lbs! On a special note, our very own Student Data/Registrar, Marilyn Stapleton, is the proud mom of Shelbi Suarez. Today, Shelbi holds 2 degrees: a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science and a Master’s in Education Curriculum Design