Monday, January 14, 2013

Update on Harlem Hebrew

Introducing our new Head of School and new home!
We at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School have exciting news. We have found a terrific Head of School to lead our school as we prepare to open next August and a great site to serve as our home for our first few years.
First and foremost, we are excited to welcome Robin Natman, a highly accomplished and dedicated educator, as our founding Head of School. A graduate of Brooklyn College, where she also received a Masters in elementary education, Robin began her career as a New York City public school teacher. She spent 18 years in the classroom before moving up to an administrative position as coordinator of reading and language arts for Copiague Public School District on Long Island. She went on to serve for three years as the Director of Humanities for the East Meadow School District on Long Island. 
Robin was trained as an administrator at Queens College and is currently working towards a second administrative degree at Bank Street College of Education. Most recently, she has been working as a consultant for a prominent educational publishing company.
From these varied experiences, Robin will bring an incredibly valuable range of knowledge and skills to the development of Harlem Hebrew. She has developed rigorous curriculum; she's created and implemented school improvement plans; she's designed complicated budgets and coordinated multiple funding sources. But even more important to us, she will bring a great passion for learning, particularly in early literacy that will define the right tone and path for our students and the great school we intend to build.
Our new home is a well-known building on Saint Nicholas Avenue in south Harlem between 117th and 118th streets. The site was once home to the school of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and more recently has been used for after-school programming by the Harlem Children's Zone.
In a few months we will start work on a major refurbishment of the facility. Once it is completed, we plan on sharing the 33,000 square foot building for the first two years of our lease with another charter school. Through Yellow Buses provided by the New York City Department of Education, this location will be accessible to students residing throughout Community School District 3 as we work to make Harlem Hebrew a diverse school of excellence.
Join us as we build a school of excellence!