Teachers & Staff

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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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 Bachelors Degree in Social Work from James Madison University, and a Masters 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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Ashley Barnett
First Grade Teacher
M.Ed. St. John's University
B.A. University of Maryland - College Park
abarnett@harlemacademy.org
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Ashley Barnett
First Grade Teacher
M.Ed. St. John's University
B.A. University of Maryland - College Park
abarnett@harlemacademy.org
Ashley Barnett is the lead first grade teacher at Harlem Academy. She is currently working towards a masters degree in both childhood education and special education at St. John's University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and taking photographs. She holds a B.A. in studio art from the University of Maryland - College Park. Her all time favorite children's book is "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum.
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Shante Blair
Second Grade Teacher
M.A. and B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
sblair@harlemacademy.org
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Shante Blair
Second Grade Teacher
M.A. and B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
sblair@harlemacademy.org
Shante is the second grade lead teacher at Harlem Academy. Shante holds a B.A. in education in a diverse society and an M.A. in teaching from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She loves working with children and has been a mentor to students since high school. Outside of school, she loves to travel, spend time with family, and find fun restaurants to try out. One of her favorite books to read as a child was "Imogene's Antlers" by David Small.
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David Campos
Second Grade Teacher
B.A. West Virginia University
dcampos@harlemacademy.org
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David Campos
Second Grade Teacher
B.A. West Virginia University
dcampos@harlemacademy.org
David graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in History and Spanish. He enjoys running long distances and meditating, but his absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with his Jack Russell terrier, Lincoln. His favorite books are "The Fall" by Albert Camus and "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
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Tia Clemons
Fourth Grade Teacher
B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg
jclemons@harlemacademy.org
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Tia Clemons
Fourth Grade Teacher
B.A. Penn State - Harrisburg
jclemons@harlemacademy.org
Tia is the associate fourth 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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Jada Cooper
Teaching Fellow
Putney School
Harlem Academy
jcooper@harlemacademy.org
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Jada Cooper
Teaching Fellow
Putney School
Harlem Academy
jcooper@harlemacademy.org
Jada is a Teaching Fellow at Harlem Academy, taking a gap year to work as a member of the HA team. She graduated from HA in 2014 and from the Putney School in 2018. In her spare time, she likes to watch TV and hang out with her friends. Her favorite childhood book is "Holes" by Louis Sachar.
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LaShonda Davis
Lower School Director
M.A. Teachers College Columbia University
B.S. Temple University
ldavis@harlemacademy.org
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LaShonda Davis
Lower School Director
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 Communications Associate
B.A. New York University
aebron@harlemacademy.org
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Angela Ebron
Senior Communications Associate
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
Secondary School Placement Coordinator & Senior Staff Accountant
B.S. SUNY Binghamton
nfeliz@harlemacademy.org
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Nataglia Feliz
Secondary School Placement Coordinator & Senior Staff Accountant
B.S. SUNY Binghamton
nfeliz@harlemacademy.org
Nataglia serves as the secondary school placement coordinator as well as the senior staff accountant. 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. He has held senior-level development positions with NYU, The New School, and the Mount Sinai Health System. 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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Aja Hanna
First Grade Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
ahanna@harlemacademy.org
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Aja Hanna
First Grade Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
ahanna@harlemacademy.org
Aja has developed an art and music appreciation course for first and second graders. She teaches that course along with second grade science and advisory. Aja holds a B.A. in psychology from the City College of New York. Her favorite children's books are the "Amelia Bedelia" series by Peggy Parish.
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Cass Hastie
Middle School Skills Teacher
B.A. Harvard College
chastie@harlemacademy.org
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Cass Hastie
Middle School Skills Teacher
B.A. Harvard College
chastie@harlemacademy.org
Cass Hastie teaches skills to seventh- and eigth-graders at Harlem Academy. In her free time, she enjoys running, listening to jazz music, taking aimless walks, and traveling. Cass recently graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government, and is currently pursuing an Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her favorite children's book is "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. 
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Anna Hermann
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Vassar College
ahermann@harlemacademy.org
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Anna Hermann
Development and Communications Associate
B.A. Vassar College
ahermann@harlemacademy.org
Anna helps with communications and fundraising efforts for Harlem Academy. She comes to the school with a B.A. in Urban Studies & Education from Vassar College. Outside of work, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, trying all of the dumpling restaurants in NYC, and buying spontaneous plane tickets. The "Uglies" series by Scott Westerfeld sat on her childhood bedside table for years, next to "Harry Potter", of course!
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Janae Hughes
Middle School Skills Teacher
B.A. Harvard College
jhughes@harlemacademy.org
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Janae Hughes
Middle School Skills Teacher
B.A. Harvard College
jhughes@harlemacademy.org
Janae teaches fifth- and sixth-graders as a first-year associate teacher. She enjoys exploring new places, listening to podcasts, choreographing, and dancing. Janae holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College and is currently pursuing an Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her favorite childhood book is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault because it is both rhythmic and joyous.
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Catherine Jackson-Jordan
Development Associate
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
cjacksonjordan@harlemacademy.org
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Catherine Jackson-Jordan
Development Associate
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
cjacksonjordan@harlemacademy.org
Catherine helps Harlem Academy meet its fundraising goals, coordinates special events, and manages the school's mentoring program. Outside of work, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and traveling. Catherine holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of her favorite childhood books is "Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine. 
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Eric James
Middle School Math Teacher
Ph.D. Brown University
B.A. St. John's University
ejames@harlemacademy.org
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Eric James
Middle School Math 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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Carol Joong
Fifth Grade Teacher
M.S. Hunter College
B.A. Columbia University
cjoong@harlemacademy.org
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Carol Joong
Fifth Grade Teacher
M.S. Hunter College
B.A. Columbia University
cjoong@harlemacademy.org
Carol is the lead fifth 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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Jeremy Kallan
Family Partnership and Operations Director
B.A. Middlebury College
jkallan@harlemacademy.org
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Jeremy Kallan
Family Partnership and Operations Director
B.A. Middlebury College
jkallan@harlemacademy.org
Jeremy manages school operations, coordinates Family Partnership programming, and serves as the Graduate Support Coordinator. He graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in psychology and Arabic. When he's not at Harlem Academy, Jeremy enjoys being outdoors, playing music, and spending time with friends. His favorite childhood book is "The BFG" by Roald Dahl.
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Boyce Landrum
Technology Manager
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University
blandrum@harlemacademy.org
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Boyce Landrum
Technology Manager
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University
blandrum@harlemacademy.org
Boyce is a Certified Network Engineer and manages Harlem Academy's information technologies network infrastructure and devices. He is an alumnus of the Boy’s Club of New York’s educational program. He attended Millbrook Prep school and Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A. in history and religion. He also studied abroad at Cuttington College in Monrovia, Africa. He also graduated from the Per Scholas Institute of Technology. Outside of work he enjoys attending church, computer technology, reading, chess, and sports. His favorite childhood book is "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Claude Brown.
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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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Makeda McCarthy
Fifth Grade Science Teacher
B.S. Monroe College
mmccarthy@harlemacademy.org
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Makeda McCarthy
Fifth Grade Science Teacher
B.S. Monroe College
mmccarthy@harlemacademy.org
Makeda is the fifth grade science teacher at Harlem Academy. She holds a B.S. in Public Health from Monroe College with a minor in Human Services. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and listening to jazz. Her favorite childhood books are "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
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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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Sean Robertson
Middle School History Teacher
B.A. Providence College
srobertson@harlemacademy.org
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Sean Robertson
Middle School History Teacher
B.A. Providence College
srobertson@harlemacademy.org
Sean is the lead middle school history teacher at Harlem Academy. He has written and developed the history curriculum, as well as written his own primary source textbooks, Junior Historians' Field Manual. Sean is also the co-advisor to eighth grade students and the faculty advisor for the Lower School Service and Entrepreneur's Clubs. He is an avid reader, Boston Red Sox fan, and enjoys collecting presidential campaign pins, drinking way too much coffee, attempting to BBQ in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, and discussing politics. Sean's favorite book from his youth is "The Plague" by Albert Camus.
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Robert Sardison
Middle School Math Teacher
M.B.A. University of the West Indies
B.Ed. Mico University College
rsardison@harlemacademy.org
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Robert Sardison
Middle School Math Teacher
M.B.A. University of the West Indies
B.Ed. Mico University College
rsardison@harlemacademy.org
Robert is the middle school Mathematics teacher at Harlem Academy. He graduated from Mico University College with a B.Ed. in Science and Technology. He also has an MBA from the University of the West Indies. He enjoys soccer, watching documentaries such as “Blue Planet,” and reading a good book. His favorite children’s book is “The Silver Sword” by Ian Serraillier.
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Vanessa Scanfeld
Strategy Director
M.P.P. Harvard University
B.A. Cornell University
vscanfeld@harlemacademy.org
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Vanessa Scanfeld
Strategy Director
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
Third Grade Teacher
M.S. Fordham University
B.A. The College of New Rochelle
cscott@harlemacademy.org
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Chanta Scott
Third 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
Associate Director of Development
B.A. Hunter College
ksteinbach@harlemacademy.org
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Katie Steinbach
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
Middle School 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
Middle School 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.