Teachers & Staff

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Vinny Dotoli
Head of School
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
B.S. Union College
vdotoli@harlemacademy.org
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Vinny Dotoli
Head of School
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
B.S. Union College
vdotoli@harlemacademy.org
Vinny Dotoli is the founder of and head of school at Harlem Academy. He holds an M.A. in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.S. in psychology from Union College. He loves playing games and reading with his children and is still inspired by John Gunther's "Death Be Not Proud" and S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," both of which he read in middle school.
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Muniba Ahmed
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Queens College
mahmed@harlemacademy.org
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Muniba Ahmed
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Queens College
mahmed@harlemacademy.org
Muniba is the Development and Communications Associate at Harlem Academy. She works on special events, communications, and donor strategies. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and  making handcrafted coconut bowls. Her favorite childhood book is the “Arthur” series by Marc Brown.
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Emma Baber
School Counselor
M.S.W. Hunter College School of Social Work
B.A. James Madison University
ebaber@harlemacademy.org
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Emma Baber
School Counselor
M.S.W. Hunter College School of Social Work
B.A. James Madison University
ebaber@harlemacademy.org
Emma Baber is the school counselor at Harlem Academy. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from James Madison University, and a master's degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. A licensed clinical social worker, her passion is working with children and families. In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, running, listening to music, and watching Yankee games with her husband, two sons, and two cats. Her favorite childhood book is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. 
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Angela Bailey
First Grade Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
abailey@harlemacademy.org
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Angela Bailey
First Grade Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
abailey@harlemacademy.org
Ms. Bailey is Harlem Academy's first grade associate teacher. In her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her children, Sam and Mateo. Angela holds a B.A. in liberal arts and science from the City College of New York. Her favorite childhood book is "The Twits" by Roald Dahl.
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Mariah Bell
Graphic Design and Development Intern
B.A. New York University
mbell@harlemacademy.org
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Mariah Bell
Graphic Design and Development Intern
B.A. New York University
mbell@harlemacademy.org
Mariah Bell is a Harlem Academy alumna ('13)  and the school's graphic design and development intern. She is currently pursuing a B.A. at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, focusing on representation and social justice in art and media. She loves writing, creating art, listening to music, and watching movies. Mariah’s favorite childhood books are “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan and “Cupid” by Julius Lester.
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Amelia Buchanan
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Occidental College
abuchanan@harlemacademy.org
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Amelia Buchanan
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Occidental College
abuchanan@harlemacademy.org
Amelia helps Harlem Academy meet its annual fundraising goals, coordinates special events, and manages the school's mentoring program and social media. Outside of work, she enjoys running, attending various exercise classes, baking, and reading anything she can get her hands on. Amelia holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College. Her favorite childhood book is "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.
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Tia Clemons
Fifth Grade Teacher
B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg
jclemons@harlemacademy.org
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Tia Clemons
Fifth Grade Teacher
B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg
jclemons@harlemacademy.org
Tia is the fifth grade 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 Birthday, Moon” by Frank Asch.
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LaShonda Davis
Assistant Head of School
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
B.S. Temple University
ldavis@harlemacademy.org
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LaShonda Davis
Assistant Head of School
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
B.S. Temple University
ldavis@harlemacademy.org
LaShonda supervises the lower school teaching team and support staff and works to strengthen the curriculum and programs in her division. She enjoys traveling, reading, and watching documentaries. LaShonda holds a B.S. in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University and a M.A. in literacy from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her favorite children's book is "The Hundred Dresses" by Eleanor Estes, and she still has the copy her second grade teacher gave her.
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Marieme Diouf
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator & Graduate Advisor
B.A. Wesleyan University
mdiouf@harlemacademy.org
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Marieme Diouf
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator & Graduate Advisor
B.A. Wesleyan University
mdiouf@harlemacademy.org
Marieme works with the administrative team. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan University. Outside of work, she loves dancing, traveling, eating at new restaurants, and spending time with loved ones. She read the "Harry Potter" series multiple times as a child. 
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Angela Ebron
Senior Associate Director of Communications
B.A. New York University
aebron@harlemacademy.org
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Angela Ebron
Senior Associate Director of Communications
B.A. New York University
aebron@harlemacademy.org
Angela develops and manages communications at Harlem Academy. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in journalism, and is the co-author of two books. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, browsing in bookstores, and spending time with friends. Her favorite childhood book is “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume.
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Nataglia Feliz
Operations Director & Secondary School Placement Coordinator
B.S. SUNY Binghamton
nfeliz@harlemacademy.org
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Nataglia Feliz
Operations Director & Secondary School Placement Coordinator
B.S. SUNY Binghamton
nfeliz@harlemacademy.org
Nataglia serves as the Operations Director and Secondary School Placement Coordinator. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her puppy. Nataglia Feliz graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton University with a B.S. in accounting and a minor in Latin American Caribbean studies. Her favorite childhood book is "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.
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Dave Fields
Facilities
facilities2@harlemacademy.org
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Dave Fields
Facilities
facilities2@harlemacademy.org
Dave joined Harlem Academy over ten years ago when it moved to the current Fifth Avenue location and was comprised of only a first and second grade. Over the years, as the school has grown, his responsibilities have been wide and varied. Currently, Dave is responsible for the facility maintenance of Harlem Academy’s middle school space.  Dave, a lifelong Harlem resident two blocks from the school, has many interests which include cycling, kickboxing, cooking, and pigeon racing.
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Terry Frankenberger
Chief Development Officer
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama
B.A. Washington and Lee University
tfrankenberger@harlemacademy.org
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Terry Frankenberger
Chief Development Officer
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama
B.A. Washington and Lee University
tfrankenberger@harlemacademy.org
Terry is the Chief Development Officer for Harlem Academy. He is responsible for coordinating all fundraising initiatives for the school and for delivering the philanthropic resources required for Harlem Academy to meet its scholarship, capital, academic and programmatic goals for students and faculty. Terry holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University. Terry’s favorite books in middle school included “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck and “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles.
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April Frazier
Mindfulness Specialist
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
M.A. Fordham Graduate School of Education
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
afrazier@harlemacademy.org
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April Frazier
Mindfulness Specialist
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
M.A. Fordham Graduate School of Education
B.A. Mount Holyoke College
afrazier@harlemacademy.org
April Frazier is the Mindfulness and Meditation Specialist at Harlem Academy. She holds a B.S. in anti-racist education and community development from Mount Holyoke College and a M.Ed. from Fordham Graduate School of Education. She holds her Masters in Clinical Psychology as a first year cohort of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia’s Teachers College, where her focus was on mindfulness and education. She has her yoga certification as well as leadership training in trauma-informed practices and play therapy. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, dance, and boxing, and laughing at all opportunities. Her favorite books are "Mindful Monkey Happy Panda” and “The Moody Cow Meditates.”
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Michel Gomes
Second Grade Teacher
B.A. Dordt College
mgomes@harlemacademy.org
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Michel Gomes
Second Grade Teacher
B.A. Dordt College
mgomes@harlemacademy.org
Michel Gomes is the second grade associate teacher, teaching art and science. He holds a B.A. in history from Dordt College. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, reading, playing rugby, and cooking. His favorite childhood book is "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" by Glenn Ringtved. 
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Eric James
Middle School Science Teacher
Ph.D. Brown University
B.A. St. John's University
ejames@harlemacademy.org
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Eric James
Middle School Science Teacher
Ph.D. Brown University
B.A. St. John's University
ejames@harlemacademy.org
Eric is the lead science teacher for the middle school. He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University and completed postdoctoral training in neuroscience and science education. In his free time he enjoys cooking, exercise, and outdoor activities. Eric's favorite children's book is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.
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James Jeffrey
Chess Coach
chess@harlemacademy.org
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James Jeffrey
Chess Coach
chess@harlemacademy.org


James Jeffrey is Harlem Academy’s chess coach. He is a professional chess player and championship-winning coach with over 30 years of experience. James has coached chess at schools throughout New York City, from pre-K to college. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, swimming, running, and working out. His favorite childhood story is the fable “The Three Little Pigs.”


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Carol Joong
First Grade Teacher
M.S. Hunter College
B.A. Columbia University
cjoong@harlemacademy.org
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Carol Joong
First Grade Teacher
M.S. Hunter College
B.A. Columbia University
cjoong@harlemacademy.org
Carol is the lead first grade teacher at Harlem Academy.  She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, and an M.S. in Childhood Education from Hunter College.  She also earned an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education from Hunter College.  Carol enjoys traveling and cooking in her spare time.  One of her favorite children's books is "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo.
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Eunice Lee
Fourth Grade Teacher
M.Ed. University of North Texas
B.S. University of Texas
elee@harlemacademy.org
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Eunice Lee
Fourth Grade Teacher
M.Ed. University of North Texas
B.S. University of Texas
elee@harlemacademy.org
Eunice Lee is the lead fourth grade teacher at Harlem Academy. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Texas and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, volunteering, and eating chocolate. Her favorite books are "Holes" by Louis Sachar and "Old Yeller" by Fred Gipson.
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Jeffrey Newman
Math Lab Coach
M.A., Boston University
jdnew@optonline.net
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Jeffrey Newman
Math Lab Coach
M.A., Boston University
jdnew@optonline.net
Jeffrey Newman has been Harlem Academy’s math lab coach since 2011, teaching students a variety of applied math concepts, including probability and statistics, and leading them in team math competitions. He is a retired principal from PwC in New York and holds an M.A. in Mathematics from Boston University. Jeff is passionate about supporting not-for-profits and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loves Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” books from childhood.
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Jennifer Prince
Enrollment Director
M.P.A. Columbia University
B.A. Bryn Mawr College
jprince@harlemacademy.org
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Jennifer Prince
Enrollment Director
M.P.A. Columbia University
B.A. Bryn Mawr College
jprince@harlemacademy.org
Jennifer Prince holds a B.A. in art history from Bryn Mawr College and M.P.A. from Columbia University. She is a life-long Harlem resident and member of our local Community Board. Jennifer directs the annual admissions process for prospective families and facilitates communication between the school and our community partners. Her favorite childhood book is the "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
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Vanessa Scanfeld
Director of Strategy and Communications
M.P.P. Harvard University
B.A. Cornell University
vscanfeld@harlemacademy.org
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Vanessa Scanfeld
Director of Strategy and Communications
M.P.P. Harvard University
B.A. Cornell University
vscanfeld@harlemacademy.org
Vanessa supports the school's strategic planning, evaluation, fundraising, and communications. She holds a B.A. in American studies from Cornell University and a M.P.P. from Harvard University. Vanessa loves hiking, chasing a frisbee, and listening to music -- especially if there's a banjo in the mix. One of Vanessa's favorite books to read to her children is "What Do You Do With An Idea?" Spoiler alert: You change the world!
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Chanta Scott
Second Grade Teacher
M.S. Fordham University
B.A. The College of New Rochelle
cscott@harlemacademy.org
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Chanta Scott
Second Grade Teacher
M.S. Fordham University
B.A. The College of New Rochelle
cscott@harlemacademy.org
Chanta Scott was born in Harlem Hospital and loves working with children and families from her community. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Rochelle and an M.S. from Fordham University in Teaching. She has dedicated her life to teaching and working in the Harlem community. She has taught in Harlem since 1993. Her favorite childhood book is "Freckle Juice," which she still has on her bookshelf.
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Paulette Slowly
Facilities
facilities1@harlemacademy.org
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Paulette Slowly
Facilities
facilities1@harlemacademy.org
Paulette is responsible for and takes pride in ensuring the cleanliness of Harlem Academy’s lower school space, in addition to general facility maintenance and upkeep.  Paulette grew up in Jamaica, but has lived throughout the Caribbean, when she eventually came to the U.S. six years ago.  Outside of work, Paulette enjoys cooking for friends and family, dancing, spending time with her son here, and travelling back home to the Caribbean to visit her daughter and grandson.
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Leonard Smith
Finance Director
B.A. University of Iowa
lsmith@harlemacademy.org
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Leonard Smith
Finance Director
B.A. University of Iowa
lsmith@harlemacademy.org
Leonard heads Harlem Academy's business office where he oversees traditional organizational finance responsibilities such as short and long term financial management, budgeting, and audit oversight. He also takes the lead with financial work specific to a school setting, working with families to determine appropriate tuition assessments on the school's sliding scale. Outside of work, Leonard enjoys the outdoors (especially skiing), spending time with his family and dog, cooking, and honing his Microsoft Excel skills. Leonard holds a B.A. in finance with a religion minor from the University of Iowa.
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Katie Steinbach
Senior Associate Director of Development
B.A. Hunter College
ksteinbach@harlemacademy.org
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Katie Steinbach
Senior Associate Director of Development
B.A. Hunter College
ksteinbach@harlemacademy.org
Katie helps Harlem Academy meet its annual fundraising goals. Outside of work, she can be found baking, reading historical biographies, and running. Katie holds a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Hunter College. Her favorite childhood book is "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle.
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Kia Turner
Middle School English Teacher
M.A. Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A. Harvard University
kturner@harlemacademy.org
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Kia Turner
Middle School English Teacher
M.A. Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A. Harvard University
kturner@harlemacademy.org
Kia teaches English to grades sixth through eight at Harlem Academy, where she enjoys using her love of words and the English language to build strong, thoughtful, and confident readers and writers. Kia earned a B.A. in History and Literature at Harvard University and an M.A. in the teaching and learning of English Language Arts at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of the classroom, Kia enjoys running, listening to music, playing the guitar, singing and of course reading and writing.  The book that made her fall in love with reading in the 6th grade was "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. 
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Alexis Viele
Third Grade Teacher
Lower School Instructional Coach
M.A. and B.A. Truman State University
aviele@harlemacademy.org
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Alexis Viele
Third Grade Teacher
Lower School Instructional Coach
M.A. and B.A. Truman State University
aviele@harlemacademy.org
Alexis teaches third grade at Harlem Academy and serves as the lower school instructional coach. She graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in elementary education. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, running, anything that involves working with her hands such as designing and building furniture or knitting. She also enjoys *attempting* to cook. Alexis' favorite children's books include "The BFG" by Roald Dahl and "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry.
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Leah Weintraub
Educational Director
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
M.Ed. University of Virginia
B.A. Williams College
lweintraub@harlemacademy.org
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Leah Weintraub
Educational Director
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
M.Ed. University of Virginia
B.A. Williams College
lweintraub@harlemacademy.org
Leah supervises instruction and professional development across all middle school grades. Her interests include cooking, dancing, and cheering on the Red Sox. Leah holds an M.A. in educational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.Ed. in social foundations of education from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College. Leah read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton daily as a young girl.