Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Harlem Academy mourns the loss of iconic middle school history teacher Sean Robertson, who died at his family home in Milford, Massachusetts last Thursday. Sean brought two important traits to every class he taught at Harlem Academy: love for his students and a passion for history. It was a powerful combination that made learning incredibly interesting and relevant for our kids. That was Sean’s mission from the first moment he set foot in a classroom – a place he was destined to be. Sean came...
Tags: staff, history, middle school
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Kia Turner with student
For Kia Turner, who teaches middle school English, teaching is about more than educating the mind. It’s also about nurturing the soul.     Why is Harlem Academy the right place for you? What I love most about Harlem Academy are the kids. My students push me to be a better teacher and person every day that I step into our classroom.  Small class sizes – which are hard to find in today’s education landscape – mean my students and I can grow deep relationships. It also allows them to...
Tags: English, middle school, staff, writing
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017
After teaching at Harlem Academy for four years, Alexis Viele convinced her most esteemed colleague from her former school to come teach the grade above her.  Ms. Viele is the lead teacher for third grade, while Ms. Lee is the lead teacher for fourth-graders. With 11 years of teaching experience, why is Harlem Academy where you want to teach? Viele: The families and the students are a huge piece of why I want to teach here. Our families are so committed to making sure their children get...
Tags: lower school, staff
Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
LaShonda reads a nonfiction book to students.
What inspired you to pursue a career in education? I actually started out as a biology major in college, but then I volunteered at an alternative middle school in Philadelphia. It was amazing to see a school full of children who were illiterate. You’re talking about 18-year-olds in the 5th and 6th grade, and the school was really just a holding cell until they aged out. Who even knew something like that existed? As a volunteer reading teacher, I had to start with practicing kindergarten and...
Tags: lower school, staff
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tia
  Tia Clemons, Fourth Grade Teacher B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg Tia is the fourth grade associate teacher at Harlem Academy, responsible for leading in science and physical education. She earned a B.A. from Penn State- Harrisburg and has plans to return for an M.A. in special education. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, studying astrology, watching crime investigation programs, spending time with her niece and nephew, and trying new restaurants. Tia’s favorite childhood read is “Happy...
Tags: staff