High School Student Support

lidiaLidia De La CruzHigh-School Start-Up Coordinator
Lidia is a founding staff member at ADS and a passionate advocate of Biliteracy. Lidia herself was an ELL growing up and gives thanks to the dual language program that helped her thrive not in one but in both English and Spanish. Lidia is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Lehman College. Lidia enjoys helping others and building lasting relationships with our current students and families which she considers all her own. Outside of ADS, Lidia enjoys traveling abroad, yoga-ing, jogging, spending time with her pup Luna, touring NYC and cooking.

Lilimar Puentes, Administrative Assistant

Lilimar was born in Venezuela and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, she understands the challenge behind learning a new language and adapting to a new culture. During Lilimar's childhood her parents had a hard time interacting with teachers due to the language-barrier, Lilimar has made it her responsibility to be that communication line here at ADS, she wants to make sure parents are being guided through the process. Lilimar loves children and working close with her community. She enjoys the potential and positive growth each child is capable of. Lilimar has participated in many Peer-Leadership Programs, such as "RAPP" (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program). Where she helped change lives for the better. She knows the importance of supporting children and helping their parents so that together they can reach success. Lilimar plans on achieving a career in the Human Services field. She is very positive and easy-going. She is very excited to be a part of the ADS team, and help each and every student and parent reach their goals!

Miguel Muniz, School Aide Miguel Muniz was born in the Bronx. He attended Bronx Prep Charter School for high school and upon graduation, attended Lehman college to study Biology. He is currently attending Lehman College in his last semester to receive a Bachelor's in Biology. He plans to attend pharmacy school after graduating. On his free time, he enjoys watching TV, Sports, and spending time with friends and family.


Maricela Zermeno, School Aide

Maricela Zermeño was born in Acapulco, Mexico and studied at high school in the city of Acapulco. She came to the U.S. to live in New York 22 years ago. Her work and experience have been around the kitchen with different types of food such as Italian, American, Latin, Mediterranean, Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food. She was also an owner of a Restaurant and Deli-Grocery. She has 4 Children who are her most beautiful treasures in life. Maricela