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Courtney Vaughan

Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA in Literary Studies, she taught English abroad at the National University of Laos through Fulbright for one year. Thereafter, she decided to join the Peace 

Jaylene Ynfante

Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher. She was born and raised in the Bronx, NY by immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. Throughout college Jaylene volunteered in many educational programs where 

Stephanie Slabic

Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, professional staff developer, and workshop designer and facilitator over her 20+ years as an educator. Her expertise in coaching teachers, coaches, and administrators has brought her deep respect and widespread recognition as a leader and 

Elsie Castro Powell

Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Life Psychology with a concentration in Child Life Studies from Utica College. She is experienced in case management and counseling working with the 

Kathleen McCann

Ms. McCann was lucky enough to move around a bit as a kid – she lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts! Her family moved back to New Jersey, where she eventually attended Ramapo College of NJ, where she received a BA in Sociology and 

Dory Leviashvili

Dory Leviashvili was born and raised on Long Island, New York where she was involved in playing soccer, running track, and volunteering throughout her high school career. Since then, Dory studied psychology at Boston University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree. She was involved in the nonprofit 

Adam Gorsline

Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent 10 years teaching High School Equivalency with various organizations throughout New York City, most recently at LaGuardia Community College. He is very excited to be 

Raisa Chowdhury

Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties that many English Language Learners encounter in classrooms and in the school environment in general. She is committed to provide students the assistance she wished 

Aisha Chevry

Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received a B.A in History from Lehman College in 2018 and is currently in her last year of her Master’s program, majoring in Middle School and 

Shayika Sutton

Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she received both her bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work. During her time at SUNY Albany, she worked at a domestic violence shelter with survivors