Meet the Elementary School Admin Team 



Interim Elementary Principal 

My name is Damaris Saltares, Assistant Principal at the Elementary School for K-1. I have over 10 years’ experience in education at all levels including elementary, middle, and high school. Since graduating from Nazareth College, I have served my community in the Rochester City School District and North Carolina Durham Public Schools. I have been a bilingual teacher, community school coordinator, and most recently Director of Bilingual Education.


In addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a mother and wife. My oldest daughter, Selena, is working on her Master’s program in Social Work at the University of Buffalo. My son Anthony is in high school, while my daughter Amaris and my baby Aaron are in middle school. My husband Ruben and I also pastor a bilingual church here in the community called CrossWay Assembly.


Through my experiences and journey, I have felt most fulfilled when working in partnership with teachers and families, connecting with students learning and seeing students grow in their educational experience. I believe that one of the most important aspects of my work is building meaningful relationships with students, families, and teachers to impact student learning.

I look forward to another successful year and my continued work with such a fantastic learning community! Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time via email at



Assistant Principal (K-3)

Dear EMHCS Family,


My name is Tellis Lott, and I am the Assistant Principal here at Eugenio Maria De Hostos Elementary for 2nd and 3rd grades. I have been in the field of education for ten years. Over that time, I was a classroom teacher in 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as a Behavior Interventionist.  


My last two years were spent as the Lead Teacher in the Office of Community Schools, where I worked to strengthen the relationships between schools and their Community Partners. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College, as well as a Master’s Degree in TESOL from Nazareth College.


Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family and friends, cook, and watch basketball and football (Go Bills!).


As we begin this upcoming school year, we are facing some challenges that are unprecedented. With that being said, our commitment here at EMHCS is to continue to create a safe and nurturing environment for our students and families, whether it is in-person or virtually.  If you ever need to contact me, please reach me at I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the near future.  




Tellis Lott


Assistant Principal for Grades K-3



Assistant Principal (4-6)

It has been an honor to serve as the Assistant Principal for the 4th and 5th grade students and staff at EMHCS for the past 2 years. I have over 20 years of experience in education. Originally from Buffalo, New York I attended Fredonia State University where I received my B.S in Elementary Education. I then went on to receive a Masters in Educational Leadership/Human Resources at Canisius College. My teaching career started outside of Washington, D.C., where I taught 3rd and 5th grade for eight years. While in Maryland, I was also a reading interventionist.  I then returned to Western New York and held positions around Monroe County and RCSD ranging from Assistant Principal, Professional Development Specialist, and Director of Instructional Planning. 


In my spare time, I love to read, play golf, baseball, listen to music of many genres, landscape, and when time and courage allow, play my alto saxophone.  I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places within and outside of the United States, which has broadened my appreciation for culture and people. Even though I don’t cook often, I certainly enjoy eating many different foods. An avid Yankees, Bills and Sabres fan keeps me busy following teams in their quest for championships.  I am proud to be in a very loving family and value quality time with my wife Jennifer and our children.

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Lexie Gastelum

Social Worker for Grades K-2

My name is Lexie Lyn Gastelum (Ms. G). I am the bilingual school social worker for Kindergarten and First Grade. I have worked at our school since the fall of 2017 after graduating with my Masters in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in May of 2017. In the summer of 2017, I also became a New York Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I am passionate about advocating and supporting the children and families of our community as well as EMHCS as a whole. I believe it makes a world of a difference to have a strong support system and is always willing to be a part of that support system for our community.

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Ki'Atta Whipset

Social Workers Grades 3



My name is Ki’Atta Whipset and I am the Social Worker for our 2nd and 3rd grade students here at EMHCS Elementary School. Having worked in the social work field for 5 years, I have found that one of my greatest passions lies in advocating for children and helping children to overcome any barriers or obstacles that they may face. I believe that all children should have someone who they can rely on, someone who they feel is trustworthy, and someone who cares about their emotional and mental well-being throughout their educational journey. 

Growing up in a surrounding suburb, as a minority student, I experienced a great amount of racism and unequal access to resources which has caused me to develop a true love for teaching students about the importance of resiliency, perseverance, and dedication. My goal here at EMHCS is to help our students beat the odds stacked against them, develop skills that will help them to become successful in adulthood and throughout their education, and to help our students believe in themselves when they have doubts. It is a true honor to help our students access resources that will help them to become successful. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or by phone if you have further questions or concerns. Thank you and I look forward to working with you and your child and/or children this school year. 

585-544-6170 ext. 7072


Charol Rios 

Social Worker Grades 4-6


My name is Charol Rios and I am the social worker for grades 4th and 5th.  I’m honored to work alongside a wonderful team of social workers committed to support our students and families. I have almost 20 years of experience in the social work field and I’m passionate about advocacy, service, and the importance of building healthy relationships. I enjoy gardening, baking, and volunteering in my community. 

My goals are to help students discover their strengths while working toward academic success, promote student well- being while supporting their social- emotional needs and to serve as a bridge between school, home and the community while providing resources. I look forward to another exciting year of collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns: 



Charol Rios, MA/MS, MSW, CASAC