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Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human Relations. After finishing college I started my teaching journey at a performing arts high school in West Harlem and attended Hunter College to receive my 
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Teacher – Marsha was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. Marsha obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education, minoring in Spanish at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Marsha has over 20 years experience in the field of education. She has a passion for education, and 
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Teacher – Lauren Blenkinship was born and raised in Los Angeles California and attended UCLA for her Bachelor’s in psychology. As a part of Teach For America, she is committed to fighting systemic educational inequity. As a student, Lauren always felt that the material did 
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Art Teacher – Samantha was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelors degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where she specialized in Psychology and Art. She joined the Haven team in 2012. Since then, she has worked with scholars 
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Teacher – A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from the English Honors Program at CUNY Lehman College, she traveled to Madrid, Spain to teach English to 
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Teacher – Lesley is excited to join the Haven team this year as a math and science teacher. Lesley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes from a family of educators. She attended Miami University of Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special 
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Director Of Data and Interventions- Jonathan Destine has been an educator for 15 years beginning as a  Math teacher in the NYCDOE in 2005. He has worked in various leadership capacities in supervisory roles. His experience in leadership is centered on instruction, assessment, data, coaching, 
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Director of Middle School Social Services – From early on in her childhood, growing up in Spanish Harlem, attending New York City’s public schools, and living in the Bronx as a teen mother, Gwendy understood the challenges in her surroundings and knew she wanted to 
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Youth Development and Community Outreach Coordinator- A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has dedicated over 19 years of community service to our neighborhood. Mr. Garcia started his service at the young age of only 13 years old as 
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Guidance Counselor – Liann was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She attended SUNY Cortland where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. After her time in Cortland, Liann realized that she wanted to give back to her community and support students who 
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The staff remembers your face and your child is treated with respect and courtesy. There is nothing but positive reinforcement and encouraging children to be the best.

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The teachers and leaders at this school are the most loving and most dedicated educators in schools. The school feels welcoming and warm. Kids LOVE coming to school and that is an important part of making life long learners.

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Me gusta todo de Haven Academy, una de las cosas que tiene mi atención es que la principal de la escuela siempre esta disponible para dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes en la mañanas.

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With the support of Haven Academy, Principal Nauiokas, and the other teachers and staff, I feel part of a community—one that has the power to change our student's lives for the better.

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I wish I was a kid again, I would have loved to attend Haven Academy.

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