Amber Smith

While Amber did not initially pursue a degree in education, she soon realized through volunteering in schools as a reading tutor and youth mentor that she wanted to leverage her English and History studies to encourage her students to become agents of change in their families, communities, and the world. After graduating with her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, she moved to Austin, TX where she taught middle school English Language Arts and high school World History. While teaching in Austin, Amber sought to gain more experience in a different urban educational context, so she moved to New York City. Amber has been teaching in NYC since 2010. During this time in order to more readily meet all of the needs of the diverse learners in her classroom, Amber completed her Masters in Special Education at The City College of New York and later pursued her degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia’s Teachers College. She holds certification in General and Special Education as well as School Building Leadership.

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Fulfilling Career Choice for Teachers and Leaders.

Haven Staff Member

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The second place my kids call home.

Parent

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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.

Haven Staff Member

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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.

Eric Lara - Special Ed Teacher

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

Haven Staff Member

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Me gusta todo, especialmente la atención y la comunicación que tenemos con los miembros del personal.

Parent

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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.