Head of School and Founder

Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
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Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
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Henry grew up in the Bronx, New York. He was the first college graduate in his family, obtaining a bachelor’s

Haven Elementary Staff

Elementary Principal

Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
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Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
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Teacher - Yahaira was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego
Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Binghamton University
Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
Tahlar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology in addition to a masters
Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, professional staff developer, and workshop designer and facilitator over her
As Chief Operating and Talent Officer at Haven, Sherrie focuses on providing seamless operational support so that teachers, administrators, and
Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she
Shaneil Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Shaneil possesses an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is
Sarah  grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before moving to Upstate New York to attend Syracuse University. During her
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Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties
Paul was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from University of Iowa, Paul went to law school at Drake
Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
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Mia was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, but she loves living in New York and teaching at
Born and raised in the South Bronx, I graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelors Degree in Social work in
At the age of 6, my family migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. I attended City College
Juliana was born and raised in Brazil. She started her career in education while still in college, teaching English as
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Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher.
Jamie is passionate about math and is excited to help her students gain that same love and excitement about learning.
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Henry grew up in the Bronx, New York. He was the first college graduate in his family, obtaining a bachelor’s
Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in
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Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor's degree
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Denise Saavedra was born and raised in the South Bronx. She was the first in her family to attend college
Dagni was born in Washington Heights. She always knew she wanted to have a positive impact on children's lives. For
Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA
Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received
Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent
Bronx Charter School Serves Thanksgiving meal to Homeless Students New York Post - November 26, 2019 Read Article
Head of School and Founder - Jessica Nauiokas is currently serving as Head of School of Mott Haven Academy Charter
Lower School Principal (PreK-2) Mike was born in Brooklyn and raised in both Brooklyn and New Jersey.  After graduating from
Teacher - MaNeya was born and raised in Harlem New York. At the tender age of 14, MaNeya was employed
Director of Programs (3-5) - Ashley was born and raised on Long Island. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
Teacher - Melissa was born, raised and still lives in Suffern, NY.  She joins the Mott Haven community after having
Assistant Teacher- Danielle was born and raised in the Bronx. Danielle attended Berkeley College studying Criminal Justice. Although she studied
Teacher - Carolina was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish language at
Academic Specialist (3-5) Jessica has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. Being a lover
Assistant Teacher- Taariq was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He is pursuing his bachelors in Psychology and
Assistant Teacher - Rosanna was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has always dreamed of working with children.
Behavior and Data Specialist (3-5) - Ms. Jones was born and raised in the Bronx. Ms. Jones attended the State
Teacher - Rebecca was raised in Yonkers, NY - just 20 minutes north of Mott Haven. She attended the University
Associate Teacher -  A native of San Francisco, California Yannick was raised in the Bronx, New York from the age
Family and Student Specialist - Lauren was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her bachelors degree in Sociology
Teacher - Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. Even though her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University was
Teacher- Julie was born in Brooklyn and raised in Barryville, NY.  She was always interested in being a teacher.  She
Teacher - Theresa is very excited to join the Haven Academy team this year as a fourth-grade teacher. She grew
Assistant Principal (3-5) - Gleendy was born and raised in NYC. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
Teacher - Samantha has a passion for teaching that developed through her work in child advocacy and education. Samantha grew
Teacher - Natalia was born and raised in the Bronx, NY where she also graduated with a Bachelor's in Art
Teacher - Sasha was born in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from George Washington University,
Teacher - Jasmine was born and raised in White Plains, New York. At the young age of 14, she volunteered
Teacher - Originally from central Pennsylvania, Anna feels extremely fortunate to have found Haven Academy early in her teaching career.
Academic Intervention Specialist/Teacher - Karen, a Bronx native, attended Manhattan College where she graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work
Behavior and Data Specialist - Danielle Stettner was born and raised on Long Island and slowly made her way to
Teacher - Born in the Dominican Republic, six-year-old Jardy and her family moved to the South Bronx. Eager to emulate
Director of Programs (PK-2) - Vyasa is a New York City native and a product of the NYC public school
Teacher - Leigh Yakubowski grew up outside of Albany, NY, and has slowly made her way down the Hudson River
Lower School Assistant Principal (PK-2) - Before Haven, for 5 years Jessica worked with another charter school; teaching in all
Teacher- Rosalba Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 16, Rosalba migrated to the
Teacher- Raised in the Bronx, Destine began working at a sleep away summer camp in Montague, NJ and an after
Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human
Teacher - A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher.
Teacher - Lesley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes from a family of educators. She attended Miami University of
Director Of Data and Interventions- Jonathan Destine has been an educator for 15 years beginning as a  Math teacher in
Director of Middle School Social Services - From early on in her childhood, growing up in Spanish Harlem, attending New
After-school Director and IT Manager A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has dedicated
Restorative Practice Coach -  Born and Raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, Mr.Hernandez has always been invested in
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Teacher - As a young child Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to help her classmates, especially if they were having difficulty
Teacher - Lauren Ringdahl grew up in Massachusetts and became a camp counselor at an early age. There, she realized
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Director of Data and Technology - Zennea was born and raised in New York. She taught 1st and 4th grade
Music Teacher - Morgan grew up in Cincinnati, OH where discovered her passion for music at a very young age.
Technology Teacher- Ronald was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Growing up in urban education, Ronald developed a
Senior Director of Special Populations - Kathleen grew up in Philadelphia where she began working with children with at a
ENL Coordinator - Aly was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. She comes from a family of educators and
Teacher - Movement Teacher LeSohn “Sohnny” Reagans was born and raised in HARLEM, NYC. He has been working with children
Dance Teacher- Nicole O’Uhuru received her dance training at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she received the
Operations Assistant
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Art Teacher - Toni Lynn Palmer was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and was raised in Harlem. She recognized her
Director of HR and Student Operations
Why the founder of Haven Academy makes a point to always ask about empathy when interviewing potential teachers.
Unstoppable follows the lives of six creative and street smart urban kids; Adrian, Conrade, Taniesha, Luna, Melody and Malia as
The Haven Academy Staff performs their original "Test Song" to give the students some motivation and encouragement for the NYS
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Mott Haven Academy Charter School's students of the famous NY lottery commercial perform live on NBC's Today Show.

Little Haven Staff

Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she
Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received
Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent
Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA
Dagni was born in Washington Heights. She always knew she wanted to have a positive impact on children's lives. For
Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor's degree
Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in
Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher.
Juliana was born and raised in Brazil. She started her career in education while still in college, teaching English as
Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties

Haven Middle Staff

Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
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Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
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Henry grew up in the Bronx, New York. He was the first college graduate in his family, obtaining a bachelor’s
Jamie is passionate about math and is excited to help her students gain that same love and excitement about learning.
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Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Binghamton University
Sarah  grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before moving to Upstate New York to attend Syracuse University. During her
Mia was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, but she loves living in New York and teaching at
Shaneil Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Shaneil possesses an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is
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Tahlar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology in addition to a masters
Paul was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from University of Iowa, Paul went to law school at Drake
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As Chief Operating and Talent Officer at Haven, Sherrie focuses on providing seamless operational support so that teachers, administrators, and
At the age of 6, my family migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. I attended City College
Born and raised in the South Bronx, I graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelors Degree in Social work in
Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA
Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher.
Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, professional staff developer, and workshop designer and facilitator over her
Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor's degree
Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent
Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties
Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received
Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she
Denise Saavedra was born and raised in the South Bronx. She was the first in her family to attend college
Dagni was born in Washington Heights. She always knew she wanted to have a positive impact on children's lives. For
Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in
Juliana was born and raised in Brazil. She started her career in education while still in college, teaching English as
Teacher - Yahaira was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego
Bronx Charter School Serves Thanksgiving meal to Homeless Students New York Post - November 26, 2019 Read Article
Head of School and Founder - Jessica Nauiokas is currently serving as Head of School of Mott Haven Academy Charter
Lower School Principal (PreK-2) Mike was born in Brooklyn and raised in both Brooklyn and New Jersey.  After graduating from
Teacher - MaNeya was born and raised in Harlem New York. At the tender age of 14, MaNeya was employed
Director of Programs (3-5) - Ashley was born and raised on Long Island. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
Teacher - Melissa was born, raised and still lives in Suffern, NY.  She joins the Mott Haven community after having
Assistant Teacher- Danielle was born and raised in the Bronx. Danielle attended Berkeley College studying Criminal Justice. Although she studied
Teacher - Carolina was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish language at
Academic Specialist (3-5) Jessica has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. Being a lover
Assistant Teacher- Taariq was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He is pursuing his bachelors in Psychology and
Assistant Teacher - Rosanna was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has always dreamed of working with children.
Behavior and Data Specialist (3-5) - Ms. Jones was born and raised in the Bronx. Ms. Jones attended the State
Teacher - Rebecca was raised in Yonkers, NY - just 20 minutes north of Mott Haven. She attended the University
Associate Teacher -  A native of San Francisco, California Yannick was raised in the Bronx, New York from the age
Family and Student Specialist - Lauren was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her bachelors degree in Sociology
Teacher - Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. Even though her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University was
Teacher- Julie was born in Brooklyn and raised in Barryville, NY.  She was always interested in being a teacher.  She
Teacher - Theresa is very excited to join the Haven Academy team this year as a fourth-grade teacher. She grew
Assistant Principal (3-5) - Gleendy was born and raised in NYC. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
Teacher - Samantha has a passion for teaching that developed through her work in child advocacy and education. Samantha grew
Teacher - Natalia was born and raised in the Bronx, NY where she also graduated with a Bachelor's in Art
Teacher - Sasha was born in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from George Washington University,
Teacher - Jasmine was born and raised in White Plains, New York. At the young age of 14, she volunteered
Teacher - Originally from central Pennsylvania, Anna feels extremely fortunate to have found Haven Academy early in her teaching career.
Academic Intervention Specialist/Teacher - Karen, a Bronx native, attended Manhattan College where she graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work
Behavior and Data Specialist - Danielle Stettner was born and raised on Long Island and slowly made her way to
Teacher - Born in the Dominican Republic, six-year-old Jardy and her family moved to the South Bronx. Eager to emulate
Director of Programs (PK-2) - Vyasa is a New York City native and a product of the NYC public school
Teacher - Leigh Yakubowski grew up outside of Albany, NY, and has slowly made her way down the Hudson River
Lower School Assistant Principal (PK-2) - Before Haven, for 5 years Jessica worked with another charter school; teaching in all
Teacher- Rosalba Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 16, Rosalba migrated to the
Teacher- Raised in the Bronx, Destine began working at a sleep away summer camp in Montague, NJ and an after
Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human
Teacher - A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher.
Teacher - Lesley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes from a family of educators. She attended Miami University of
Director Of Data and Interventions- Jonathan Destine has been an educator for 15 years beginning as a  Math teacher in
Director of Middle School Social Services - From early on in her childhood, growing up in Spanish Harlem, attending New
After-school Director and IT Manager A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has dedicated
Restorative Practice Coach -  Born and Raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, Mr.Hernandez has always been invested in
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Teacher - As a young child Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to help her classmates, especially if they were having difficulty
Teacher - Lauren Ringdahl grew up in Massachusetts and became a camp counselor at an early age. There, she realized
School Counselor
Director of Data and Technology - Zennea was born and raised in New York. She taught 1st and 4th grade
Music Teacher - Morgan grew up in Cincinnati, OH where discovered her passion for music at a very young age.
Technology Teacher- Ronald was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Growing up in urban education, Ronald developed a
Senior Director of Special Populations - Kathleen grew up in Philadelphia where she began working with children with at a
ENL Coordinator - Aly was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. She comes from a family of educators and
Teacher - Movement Teacher LeSohn “Sohnny” Reagans was born and raised in HARLEM, NYC. He has been working with children
Dance Teacher- Nicole O’Uhuru received her dance training at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she received the
Operations Assistant
Operations Manager
Art Teacher - Toni Lynn Palmer was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and was raised in Harlem. She recognized her
Director of HR and Student Operations
Why the founder of Haven Academy makes a point to always ask about empathy when interviewing potential teachers.
Unstoppable follows the lives of six creative and street smart urban kids; Adrian, Conrade, Taniesha, Luna, Melody and Malia as
The Haven Academy Staff performs their original "Test Song" to give the students some motivation and encouragement for the NYS
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Mott Haven Academy Charter School's students of the famous NY lottery commercial perform live on NBC's Today Show.

Haven Pre-K-8 Staff

Teacher - Yahaira was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego
Juliana was born and raised in Brazil. She started her career in education while still in college, teaching English as
Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in
Dagni was born in Washington Heights. She always knew she wanted to have a positive impact on children's lives. For
Denise Saavedra was born and raised in the South Bronx. She was the first in her family to attend college
Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she
Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received
Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties
Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent
Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor's degree
Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, professional staff developer, and workshop designer and facilitator over her
Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher.
Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA
Born and raised in the South Bronx, I graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelors Degree in Social work in
At the age of 6, my family migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. I attended City College
As Chief Operating and Talent Officer at Haven, Sherrie focuses on providing seamless operational support so that teachers, administrators, and
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Paul was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from University of Iowa, Paul went to law school at Drake
Tahlar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology in addition to a masters
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Shaneil Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Shaneil possesses an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is
Mia was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, but she loves living in New York and teaching at
Sarah  grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before moving to Upstate New York to attend Syracuse University. During her
Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Binghamton University
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Jamie is passionate about math and is excited to help her students gain that same love and excitement about learning.
Henry grew up in the Bronx, New York. He was the first college graduate in his family, obtaining a bachelor’s
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Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
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Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
Bronx Charter School Serves Thanksgiving meal to Homeless Students New York Post - November 26, 2019 Read Article
Head of School and Founder - Jessica Nauiokas is currently serving as Head of School of Mott Haven Academy Charter
Lower School Principal (PreK-2) Mike was born in Brooklyn and raised in both Brooklyn and New Jersey.  After graduating from
Teacher - MaNeya was born and raised in Harlem New York. At the tender age of 14, MaNeya was employed
Director of Programs (3-5) - Ashley was born and raised on Long Island. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
Teacher - Melissa was born, raised and still lives in Suffern, NY.  She joins the Mott Haven community after having
Assistant Teacher- Danielle was born and raised in the Bronx. Danielle attended Berkeley College studying Criminal Justice. Although she studied
Teacher - Carolina was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish language at
Academic Specialist (3-5) Jessica has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. Being a lover
Assistant Teacher- Taariq was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He is pursuing his bachelors in Psychology and
Assistant Teacher - Rosanna was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has always dreamed of working with children.
Behavior and Data Specialist (3-5) - Ms. Jones was born and raised in the Bronx. Ms. Jones attended the State
Teacher - Rebecca was raised in Yonkers, NY - just 20 minutes north of Mott Haven. She attended the University
Associate Teacher -  A native of San Francisco, California Yannick was raised in the Bronx, New York from the age
Family and Student Specialist - Lauren was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her bachelors degree in Sociology
Teacher - Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. Even though her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University was
Teacher- Julie was born in Brooklyn and raised in Barryville, NY.  She was always interested in being a teacher.  She
Teacher - Theresa is very excited to join the Haven Academy team this year as a fourth-grade teacher. She grew
Assistant Principal (3-5) - Gleendy was born and raised in NYC. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
Teacher - Samantha has a passion for teaching that developed through her work in child advocacy and education. Samantha grew
Teacher - Natalia was born and raised in the Bronx, NY where she also graduated with a Bachelor's in Art
Teacher - Sasha was born in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from George Washington University,
Teacher - Jasmine was born and raised in White Plains, New York. At the young age of 14, she volunteered
Teacher - Originally from central Pennsylvania, Anna feels extremely fortunate to have found Haven Academy early in her teaching career.
Academic Intervention Specialist/Teacher - Karen, a Bronx native, attended Manhattan College where she graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work
Behavior and Data Specialist - Danielle Stettner was born and raised on Long Island and slowly made her way to
Teacher - Born in the Dominican Republic, six-year-old Jardy and her family moved to the South Bronx. Eager to emulate
Director of Programs (PK-2) - Vyasa is a New York City native and a product of the NYC public school
Teacher - Leigh Yakubowski grew up outside of Albany, NY, and has slowly made her way down the Hudson River
Lower School Assistant Principal (PK-2) - Before Haven, for 5 years Jessica worked with another charter school; teaching in all
Teacher- Rosalba Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 16, Rosalba migrated to the
Teacher- Raised in the Bronx, Destine began working at a sleep away summer camp in Montague, NJ and an after
Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human
Teacher - A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher.
Teacher - Lesley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes from a family of educators. She attended Miami University of
Director Of Data and Interventions- Jonathan Destine has been an educator for 15 years beginning as a  Math teacher in
Director of Middle School Social Services - From early on in her childhood, growing up in Spanish Harlem, attending New
After-school Director and IT Manager A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has dedicated
Restorative Practice Coach -  Born and Raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, Mr.Hernandez has always been invested in
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Teacher - As a young child Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to help her classmates, especially if they were having difficulty
Teacher - Lauren Ringdahl grew up in Massachusetts and became a camp counselor at an early age. There, she realized
School Counselor
Director of Data and Technology - Zennea was born and raised in New York. She taught 1st and 4th grade
Music Teacher - Morgan grew up in Cincinnati, OH where discovered her passion for music at a very young age.
Technology Teacher- Ronald was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Growing up in urban education, Ronald developed a
Senior Director of Special Populations - Kathleen grew up in Philadelphia where she began working with children with at a
ENL Coordinator - Aly was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. She comes from a family of educators and
Teacher - Movement Teacher LeSohn “Sohnny” Reagans was born and raised in HARLEM, NYC. He has been working with children
Dance Teacher- Nicole O’Uhuru received her dance training at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she received the
Operations Assistant
Operations Manager
Art Teacher - Toni Lynn Palmer was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and was raised in Harlem. She recognized her
Director of HR and Student Operations
Why the founder of Haven Academy makes a point to always ask about empathy when interviewing potential teachers.
Unstoppable follows the lives of six creative and street smart urban kids; Adrian, Conrade, Taniesha, Luna, Melody and Malia as
The Haven Academy Staff performs their original "Test Song" to give the students some motivation and encouragement for the NYS
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Mott Haven Academy Charter School's students of the famous NY lottery commercial perform live on NBC's Today Show.

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Teacher - Yahaira was born and raised in the Bronx. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego
Juliana was born and raised in Brazil. She started her career in education while still in college, teaching English as
Gabrielle was born in Jamaica and moved to the Bronx when she was in Middle School. She currently resides in
Dagni was born in Washington Heights. She always knew she wanted to have a positive impact on children's lives. For
Denise Saavedra was born and raised in the South Bronx. She was the first in her family to attend college
Ms. Sutton was raised in Long Island NY. She attended the University At Albany (SUNY) in Albany NY, where she
Aisha Chevry was born and raised in New York, she grew up between Rockland County and Long Island. Aisha received
Raisa, who was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States during her middle school years, knows the difficulties
Adam was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He received a BA in History from Quinnipiac University and spent
Born and raised in NYC, Elsie holds the Bronx near and dear to her heart. Elsie holds a Bachelor's degree
Stephanie Slabic has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, professional staff developer, and workshop designer and facilitator over her
Jaylene is extremely excited to be a member of the Mott Haven Academy team this year as an ELA teacher.
Courtney Vaughan is from Charleroi, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA
Born and raised in the South Bronx, I graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelors Degree in Social work in
At the age of 6, my family migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. I attended City College
As Chief Operating and Talent Officer at Haven, Sherrie focuses on providing seamless operational support so that teachers, administrators, and
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Paul was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating from University of Iowa, Paul went to law school at Drake
Tahlar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology in addition to a masters
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Shaneil Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Shaneil possesses an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is
Mia was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, but she loves living in New York and teaching at
Sarah  grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before moving to Upstate New York to attend Syracuse University. During her
Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Binghamton University
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Jamie is passionate about math and is excited to help her students gain that same love and excitement about learning.
Henry grew up in the Bronx, New York. He was the first college graduate in his family, obtaining a bachelor’s
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Vanessa Jenkins was born and raised in the South Bronx. Growing up she would often assist her mother teaching Sunday
Paola has a lifelong passion for teaching that stems from her own childhood experience and the simple observation that although
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Courtney began her career in education as a New York Teaching Fellow over fifteen years ago. She spent two years
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Upper School Principal (3-8) Tyra has dedicated her life to working towards educational equity and excellence for underserved communities across
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Head of School and Founder - Jessica Nauiokas is currently serving as Head of School of Mott Haven Academy Charter
Lower School Principal (PreK-2) Mike was born in Brooklyn and raised in both Brooklyn and New Jersey.  After graduating from
Teacher - MaNeya was born and raised in Harlem New York. At the tender age of 14, MaNeya was employed
Director of Programs (3-5) - Ashley was born and raised on Long Island. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
Teacher - Melissa was born, raised and still lives in Suffern, NY.  She joins the Mott Haven community after having
Assistant Teacher- Danielle was born and raised in the Bronx. Danielle attended Berkeley College studying Criminal Justice. Although she studied
Teacher - Carolina was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish language at
Academic Specialist (3-5) Jessica has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. Being a lover
Assistant Teacher- Taariq was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He is pursuing his bachelors in Psychology and
Assistant Teacher - Rosanna was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has always dreamed of working with children.
Behavior and Data Specialist (3-5) - Ms. Jones was born and raised in the Bronx. Ms. Jones attended the State
Teacher - Rebecca was raised in Yonkers, NY - just 20 minutes north of Mott Haven. She attended the University
Associate Teacher -  A native of San Francisco, California Yannick was raised in the Bronx, New York from the age
Family and Student Specialist - Lauren was born and raised in Queens, NY. She received her bachelors degree in Sociology
Teacher - Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. Even though her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University was
Teacher- Julie was born in Brooklyn and raised in Barryville, NY.  She was always interested in being a teacher.  She
Teacher - Theresa is very excited to join the Haven Academy team this year as a fourth-grade teacher. She grew
Assistant Principal (3-5) - Gleendy was born and raised in NYC. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
Teacher - Samantha has a passion for teaching that developed through her work in child advocacy and education. Samantha grew
Teacher - Natalia was born and raised in the Bronx, NY where she also graduated with a Bachelor's in Art
Teacher - Sasha was born in Queens, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from George Washington University,
Teacher - Jasmine was born and raised in White Plains, New York. At the young age of 14, she volunteered
Teacher - Originally from central Pennsylvania, Anna feels extremely fortunate to have found Haven Academy early in her teaching career.
Academic Intervention Specialist/Teacher - Karen, a Bronx native, attended Manhattan College where she graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work
Behavior and Data Specialist - Danielle Stettner was born and raised on Long Island and slowly made her way to
Teacher - Born in the Dominican Republic, six-year-old Jardy and her family moved to the South Bronx. Eager to emulate
Director of Programs (PK-2) - Vyasa is a New York City native and a product of the NYC public school
Teacher - Leigh Yakubowski grew up outside of Albany, NY, and has slowly made her way down the Hudson River
Lower School Assistant Principal (PK-2) - Before Haven, for 5 years Jessica worked with another charter school; teaching in all
Teacher- Rosalba Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 16, Rosalba migrated to the
Teacher- Raised in the Bronx, Destine began working at a sleep away summer camp in Montague, NJ and an after
Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human
Teacher - A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher.
Teacher - Lesley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and comes from a family of educators. She attended Miami University of
Director Of Data and Interventions- Jonathan Destine has been an educator for 15 years beginning as a  Math teacher in
Director of Middle School Social Services - From early on in her childhood, growing up in Spanish Harlem, attending New
After-school Director and IT Manager A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has dedicated
Restorative Practice Coach -  Born and Raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, Mr.Hernandez has always been invested in
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Teacher - As a young child Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to help her classmates, especially if they were having difficulty
Teacher - Lauren Ringdahl grew up in Massachusetts and became a camp counselor at an early age. There, she realized
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Director of Data and Technology - Zennea was born and raised in New York. She taught 1st and 4th grade
Music Teacher - Morgan grew up in Cincinnati, OH where discovered her passion for music at a very young age.
Technology Teacher- Ronald was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Growing up in urban education, Ronald developed a
Senior Director of Special Populations - Kathleen grew up in Philadelphia where she began working with children with at a
ENL Coordinator - Aly was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. She comes from a family of educators and
Teacher - Movement Teacher LeSohn “Sohnny” Reagans was born and raised in HARLEM, NYC. He has been working with children
Dance Teacher- Nicole O’Uhuru received her dance training at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she received the
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Art Teacher - Toni Lynn Palmer was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and was raised in Harlem. She recognized her
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Why the founder of Haven Academy makes a point to always ask about empathy when interviewing potential teachers.
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