James Memola, Jr.

James Memola, Principal

James Memola, Principal

Monroe Academy For Visual Arts Design

School Number:


BRONX, NY 10472


School Hours
Student Enrollment:
Grades Served:

09, 10, 11, 12, SE


Parent Coordinator:

Gloria Vargas

PTA President:

Doreen Banks

Police Precinct:
Geographic District:
High School Office






Family Leadership Coordinator:
Cleon Mclachlan
Family Support Coordinator:
Carolyne Baldassano
Education Council President:
Ilka Rois


  1. No respect for staff members. Uses others to do his dirty work.

    • I worked for him 6 years ago when he was an assistant principal. Even back then it was mind boggling to fathom how someone with such a sour personality got to any position of leadership, and that was when he was only an AP. I can’t imagine how corrosive he was his schools culture with his incessant scowl on his face and blazing temper.
      I’ve been teaching a long time, and in environments & educational settings with the same demographics/student populations as I was under him (so I know what it is!) and was sincerely the MOST uncommunicative, angry, one dimensional, and viciously spiteful people I have had the misfortune of encountering.

  2. Thank goodness James Memola is cleaning up the school. New staff, new team, back on the right track. As a concerned parent, the old staff made the school dangerous. They cared about their own poket books and their contract rather than the kids. Too bad there are still a few left. Thank you James Memola and the new staff.

    • Its funny how parents really don’t know what a snake this principal james memola jr is just like his little puppet Ap Benjamin Markus its sad! Markus went from being a s.s teacher to going on military leave to coming in the end becoming a dean and is now the Ap. How does that happen how corrupt this man is. Markus knows how corrupt he is and memola. He will used the parents just so they can vote for him without realizing it. They used the staff from last year and continued to use the staff from this year if people think this school is getting better ha ha ha to all because its only getting worse if you think uniforms makes it better what ever fights there always going to be a fight with kids because it starts from the neiborhood. If parents allowed their kids to hang around in the streets thats what happens. Getting rid of old staff not the problem they’ve done great its not teachers fault it administration teachers have a leader which is the principal and he is not great man people poetry him to be.The principal knows how to manipulate people. So sorry the old staff all were great teachers have to hear horrible comments about them but they all happy where they are at. As for the new staff watch your backs cause no one is to be trusted. Im glad I’m no longer there its been the best thing for me.

  3. Veteran Bronx Teacher

    Memola is a snake. He has lied to his staff be telling them one thing and doing the opposite. He has incompetent assistant principals do his dirty work. He instructs them to write multiple bogus letters which are then placed in their file. While I would like to see this school succeed unfortunately I do not see it happening.

    • “Snake” is a good word. He was a very misguided, conflicted, & hostile man. He also struck me as deeply troubled man. He never smiled, he was “a screamer” and I knew his flaws would be undeniably exposed when I heard he took over as a principal.

  4. Why is this little spine-less person still allowed to lie to people about his accomplishments.

  5. Thank you Mr. Memola!

    My kid has been at MAVAD now Monroe for a few years. He finally feels safe. He finally feels like people care about him. He is actually learning. I visited the school to see the changes this year. It’s a whole different place with a mostly new staff. Thank you “Monroe Academy” and Mr. Memola for cleaning up the school and making it a place where kids can learn again. Thank you for turning my kid’s life around.

  6. I go here. I liked my old teachers from last year. My new teachers don’t know what their doing. Can’t wait to leave. No way I tell my younger sister to go here.

    • I agree with you Jose that school sucks my mother would never send my little brother there. We went through hell towards the end thanks to both the old and new administration. We had many program changes I don’t know how I graduated but at least im out that horrible school.

  7. I see there’s some negativity towards the old teachers Some of the teachers from last year gave up with LLyons wrecking everything. Every single one is gone…
    The one teacher creating a lot of negativity among students at why some good teachers are gone but somebody bad is still here… is Skrine. A man who hated kids, believes the whole school is street kids beneath his dignity, hated working, hated lessons, hated everything. He sucked out the life of the gym. He made playing and activity torture, a punishment for being young. He’s gone and probably the one above commenting away on how awful snake and terrible the new regime is. Probably because they aren’t putting up with his nonsense.
    He’s the one giving Tenure and experienced teachers a bad name; a guy so bad word of him spreads to thousands of people who grow up to vote. Being somebody so close to retirement that discipline is impossible. People like him create the anger from parents and voters over taking away rights and protections away from all teachers, including good teachers, who needed it when confronted by snakes like Llyons.
    Not every kid is a street kid. Many of them could go either way; do school seriously or reject it. When there’s an angry, miserable, crazy obviously incompetent teacher? Who screams and doesnt even use a gradebook and fails the wrong kids every report card going from memory… Its NOT Helping. One administration was scared of him. Another administration was incompetent. This Administration; is all it took to rid the building of someone who should have retired years ago. As kids told stories to us of chaos during some lacrosse thing where they wacked eachother and fired the balls at eachother’s heads and one kid was nearly blinded.
    Kids talk. Insane incompetence is talked about regularly. Eventually; that crap won’t fly.

    • You obviously have not been in an institution of learning long enough to have experienced quality education. When the day comes that you are not succumbed by the lies and intrepidation of others to attempt to infiltrate the minds of those seeking knowledge . Remember these words ‘Where tyranny pervails’

    • It’s apparent that Shaquanna doesn’t exist, she has not responded to the request of her graduation date.

  8. It is a shame that an obese child who does not like exercise can black ball an outstanding gym teacher and coach.

    • I am not surprised that James Memola was part of a failing school. This is because when I worked with James even back when he was an AP he was always part of the problem. James is never part of the solution. When you take someone that is part of the problem and put them in a bigger position, with more authority, and more command the more the problems will only get worse. Screaming at the staff, students, and walking around with a nasty look on your face all day brings down, corrodes, and pollutes an already stressful situation as teaching in NY can be. Passing the blame, stabbing people in the back, and being downright nasty took an already challenged situation and sunk it.
      Not surprised one bit. Not one bit Mr. Memola.

    • It was for the best. I just saw this & cant begin to tell you how much the saying “every dog will have their day” applies here. I’m not a spiteful person, but for years this man threw good teachers under the bus & destroyed others maliciously & spitefully. Good riddance to him from public education.

  9. I worked for him 6 years ago when he was an assistant principal. Even back then it was mind boggling to fathom how someone with such a sour personality got to any position of leadership, and that was when he was only an AP. I can’t imagine how corrosive he was his schools culture with his incessant scowl on his face and blazing temper.
    I’ve been teaching a long time, and in environments & educational settings with the same demographics/student populations as I was under him (so I know what it is!) and was sincerely the MOST uncommunicative, angry, one dimensional, and viciously spiteful people I have had the misfortune of encountering.

  10. I feel sorry for the next H.S. staff in Queens.People be prepare and take notes. Principal is a trouble maker watch it along with his little pets on a leash that suck up to him. I’m positive he showed up with his people he didn’t go there along. Also he loves to give fake titles to people that don’t have the seniority or the proper title to begin with. You will see.He enjoys yelling at staff just like a little kideven though he is wrong will never apologize and admit he is wrong such a loser only real men will admit they are wrong. Glad no longer work for that little man.

    • Yes, he screams at the faculty. He did it to a history and english teacher back in Manhattan on regular basis. He also tells the kids who does and doesn’t like -which doesn’t make him look any better or his job any better. Which is the stupidity of his temper. Only in an overcrowded and broken dysfunctional enviornment would this man be allowed to exist.

  11. I don’t know where he is now, but any school he isn’t in is better off without him.

  12. I heard a disturbing rumor that this man is now in charge of yet another school, but this time out in Queens. The reality is that for all the teachers this man leaves upset, justifiably angry, and professionally damaged James Memola would only, will only, and can only exist in a broken bureaucratic city school system. In a place like Long Island or Conn. or even a charter school system common sense would apply and James would be removed. This is based on his uncommuncative and malicious nature. James does not look out for teachers and is not doing anything to make problems better or (god forbid) fix anything. I have been in public education a long time, and mark my words, James will spend the rest of his career going from one troubled environment to another because he can’t “move up” into a better school.
    Mark my words.

  13. He’s at Queens Academy High School.
    A nasty vindictive little man.

  14. James Memola Jr behaves as a sexist, a racist and an opioid addict. He is now at Queens Academy HS. John Sullivan, Deputy Superintendent, under Paul Rotondo ram through the C-30 to make Memola principal within the time frame of one month of Memola being at Queens Academy. There was no walk through visit to the school by the superintendent before hand to see if Memola was doing a good job. The school has two campuses: one in Jamaica and one in Flushing. The superintendent has not been to the Jamaica campus once since the the school year started nor has he sent any delegation there. Memola has visited Jamaica campus less than 8 times since the start of the school year and during those visits he stayed less than one hour! One exception to this is once recently when he visited Jamaica and observed two teachers. Before he left the building he called in one teacher and gave her her rating. No Danielson conversation. Memola has no clue or understanding about the Danielson observation process. Incidentally, the student population at the Jamaica campus is 100% black. There is no support for the students at Jamaica at all. It appears the superintendent and Memola want to ensure that the Jamaica campus fails! This is indicative of a school system that allows for administrators to be “ghetto pimps,” sucking the life blood of our students, “dumbing them down” and then these administrators retreat to their middle class enclaves after having earned their hefty salaries on the backs of our children and NYC tax payers! There is more.

    Memola arrives to school, the Flushing campus LATE EVERYDAY! Most days he arrives closer to 9:00am and some days even arrives after 10:30am. He arrives with his face twisted and red and complains non stop about the state of his health. He has an enormous amount of sweets in his office and is constantly eating them. He exhibits paranoid behavior in its highest form, almost clinical paranoia. He yells when he gets “twisted!” He yells at students and staff. He does not appear to understand the concept of professionalism. He brought his personal secretary, Maria Cardenas to Queens Academy (who by the way brags that she used to work for Paul Rotondo). Maria behaves more like Memola’s personal servant than his secretary. She is constantly cleaning his office and fetches his breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. Then sits with him in his office while they both eat; as he requires company when he eats. So here is the scenario. He arrives late daily. Maria has his breakfast ready so he then eats. Then a couple of hours later, she fetches his lunch and they sit and eat, often times with Jose Camacho, who Memola also brought from the Bronx and who Memola uses to help hide Memola’s corrupt behavior. There is even more.

    The main targets of Memola’s ire tend to be women! He has no respect for women on the staff, pedagogical and otherwise. Any woman who doesn’t behave like Maria gets a “dressing down.” Memola thinks he is operating a feudal manor, rather than a school and he requires complete fealty. A woman’s head must be figuratively bowed at all times.

    Memola uses AP, Wen-Wei Chang to do some of Memola’s dirty work, calling in those who women considered too uppity and frequently scolding them, for their uppity behavior! Then in true “carrot and stick” format in order to buy fealty from some, Memola offers lots of per session hours to the “chosen ones.” He also has started inviting the “staff” out for drinks (He uses Jose Camacho to send out the invitations). Jose has secured a “watering hole” on Woodhaven Bl’vd in Queens. Memola, pays for rounds for everyone. Here is the idea, straight from Psychology 101. Get them drunk; pay them per session and keep them on their knees! They are less likely to complain and to report about Memola’s inadequacies. Meanwhile the school suffers, with students failing and with attendance now in the 40th percentile. Memola doesn’t have to worry because he has Superintendent Rotondo and the boar Sullivan to hide Memola’s mess. There is still even more. To call Memola a snake is to give snakes a bad name! Memola lies like the proverbial rug. His mantra is no one will check! He violates the UFT contract left and right and recognizes that he can get away with these violations because most are afraid that they will feel his wrath with the complete backing of the superintendent. Queens Academy under Memola’s leadership is heading in the same direction as Monroe High School! Shame on Superintendent Paul Rotondo!

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