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Head of School and Founder

Head of School and Founder - Jessica Nauiokas is currently serving in her twelfth year as Head of School of

Haven Elementary Staff

Elementary Principal

Elementary Principal - Ashlyn knew that she wanted to be involved in urban education after spending much of her time
Assistant Principal (PreK-2) - Mike was born in Brooklyn and raised in both Brooklyn and New Jersey.  After graduating from
Assistant Principal (3-5) - Gleendy was born and raised in NYC. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Teacher - Laura was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her bachelors degree in Psychology from Boston University.
Teacher - MaNeya was born and raised in Harlem New York. At the tender age of 14, MaNeya was employed
Teacher - Mia was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, but she loves living in New York and
Director of Programs (3-5) - Ashley was born and raised on Long Island. She attended the University of Connecticut, where
Teacher - Emalie grew up right outside of Hartford, CT. She comes from a family of educators, which includes both
Assistant Teacher - Manaure was born and raised in New York City. He worked as a Dean of Students at
Family and Student Specialist - Paloma was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At the age of 10 she had
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 - Dulce-Marie's mother, aunts, and cousins are teachers throughout New York City and, prior to immigrating, her great-aunt and
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
Behavior Support Assistant - Mr. Lavoie was born in Massachusetts. Before moving to New York City, Mr.Lavoie worked as a
Teacher - Andrea was born and raised in San Diego, California. Even though her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University was
Teacher - Matthew Lutz (pronounced Loots) joined the Haven Academy Elementary School team with over a decade of experience working
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
Teacher - Andry was raised in New York City and received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the City College
Academic Intervention Specialist - Luina is an academic intervention specialist, focused on reading and early language development. Her path toward
Director of Elementary Social Services - Gabriella started her Social Work career working with the OMRDD population at a group
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 - Maja discovered her interest in teaching during college when she devoted much of her time to working in
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.
Family and Student Specialist - Paola was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States (Bronx) when
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
Teacher - Vyasa is a New York City native and a product of the NYC public school system. She has
Teacher - Leigh Yakubowski grew up outside of Albany, NY, and has slowly made her way down the Hudson River
Director of Programs (PK-2) - Before Haven, for 5 years Jessica worked with another charter school; teaching in all grades

Little Haven Staff

Erin Jeanneret
Teacher - A graduate of Wright State University with a major in Dance Performance, Erin spent four years working as
Teacher - Eric has wanted to be a teacher for as long as he can remember.  After graduating from Connecticut
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

Haven Middle Staff

Restorative Justice Specialist- Moved to NYC when I was 18 and attended Pace University to study Applied Psychology and Human
Teacher - Marsha was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. Marsha obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education, minoring in
Teacher - Lauren Blenkinship was born and raised in Los Angeles California and attended UCLA for her Bachelor’s in psychology.
Art Teacher - Samantha was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelors degree from the College
Teacher - A native Bronxite, Ms. Cam is excited to give back to her community as a middle school teacher.
Teacher - Lesley is excited to join the Haven team this year as a math and science teacher. Lesley was
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
Youth Development and Community Outreach Coordinator- A South Bronx native who grew up not too far from Haven Academy has
Guidance Counselor - Liann was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She attended SUNY Cortland where she received her
Restorative Practice Coach -  Born and Raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, Mr.Hernandez has always been invested in
Associate Teacher- Unique Jones is a proud Bronx native with over 7 years of classroom instruction, program management and youth
Teacher- Mr. Kellner is from California and is scared of winter.  He completed his college work at CSU Channel Islands
Teacher - Ramratti was raised in the Bronx, New York. She graduated with a BA in Special Education and is
Teacher
Teacher - As a young child Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to help her classmates, especially if they were having difficulty
Teacher - Efrigjend Born in Peja, Kosovo lived in the Bronx his whole life. Efrigjend is bursting with excitement to
Teacher - Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Rebecca is excited to be heading a bit further down the
Haven Alumni Tutor - Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, Eric is the son of first-generation Haitian immigrants. Growing up,
Teacher - Lauren Ringdahl grew up in Massachusetts and became a camp counselor at an early age. There, she realized
Teacher - Jaylene is very excited to join the Haven team! Jaylene was born and raised in Queens, NY where
Teacher- Marcia was born and raised in Queens, New York. She attended elementary school in the Dominican Republic and returned
Teacher - Raised in the Bronx, Janelle is a proud Nuyorican and has always had a passion for acting and

Haven Pre-K-8 Staff

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
Director of Special Education Services - 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
Middle School Director of Programs- Mr. Johnson comes to Mott Haven Academy Middle School for Social Leadership by way of
Teacher - Movement Teacher LeSohn “Sohnny” Reagans was born and raised in HARLEM, NYC. He has been working with children
Director of Facilities & Office Manager - Berelize Portorreal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in
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

Kitchen & Building Staff

Porter
Porter and Kitchen Assistant
School Chef - Terrie was born and grew up on a 120 acre farm in Tennessee. She has fond memories

Recent Testimonials

Fulfilling Career Choice for Teachers and Leaders.

Haven Staff Member

Recent Testimonials

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

Recent Testimonials

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.

Recent Testimonials

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

Parent

Recent Testimonials

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.

Recent Testimonials

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

Recent Testimonials

The second place my kids call home.

Parent

Recent Testimonials

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

Haven Staff Member