The Founders



Brian Pawloski is a native Buffalonian and has worked in urban education since he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with his BA and M.Ed. Since then, he has worked in Catholic, public, and charter schools in Mobile, Alabama; Phoenix, Arizona; Baltimore, Maryland; and Buffalo, New York.

Brian was part of the 2016 Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a highly selective year long program that trains leaders to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving, college preparatory charter schools. As a fellow, Brian has traveled across the country observing high-performing schools and learning best practices.

Brian is joined by a local Founding Board of Trustees consisting of leaders from a variety of professions who will guide and support the development of Buffalo Collegiate. Together we are committed to providing a high-quality education that prepares, inspires, and empowers our next generation of leaders.




Caitlin Corr Reilly is a Buffalo native who has been working in urban education since she graduated from Princeton University in 2007.

She began her career as a an Operations and Community Engagement Fellow at St. Mark the Evangelist School in Central Harlem, where she spearheaded fundraising and community engagement initiatives, assisted students and families with the high school application process, taught Spanish, and founded and coached the girls basketball team. Before joining Buffalo Collegiate, Caitlin spent six years at Uncommon Schools, a non-profit network of college prep charter schools in the northeast. At Uncommon she led teacher recruitment efforts in Newark, NJ, and then served as a founding ELA Teacher, Grade Level Leader, Instructional Leader, and girls basketball coach at Excellence Girls Middle Academy, an all-girls Uncommon School in Brooklyn. During this time she also received her M.Ed. from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Caitlin joined the Buffalo Collegiate team in September as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and is contributing to curricular design, student recruitment, and the development of a high-caliber team that will fulfill Buffalo Collegiate's bold mission.

Michael Anastasia

Michael Anastasia grew up in Buffalo and attended SUNY Geneseo where he majored in Economics and Secondary Education, Social Studies. He taught math in Pine Bluff, Arkansas through Teach for America. Michael then worked as a math teacher at KIPP Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Michael took on additional leadership roles in both teaching positions and served as Grade Team Leader, athletic coach, and math department leader. Michael narrowed his career focus by pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.

Michael has served as an Assistant Principal at IDEA Frontier in Brownsville, Texas and Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, NY. He has spent time in high-performing charter schools and traditional district schools in an effort to fully understand the educational landscape across the country. Michael’s teaching and leadership roles have given him extensive experience in the areas of instructional coaching, student management, and operations.