Fifth Grade Team

Hali Dorfman, Fifth Grade Teacher

Ms. Dorfman earned her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Hartford and her M.A. in Literacy at The City College of New York. She has her certification to teach Elementary and Special Education K-6 in Connecticut and her Initial Certification to teach Special Education K-6 in New York. This is Ms. Dorfman's sixth year of teaching and her third year at Harlem Link. She enjoys visiting Rhode Island in the summer and spending time with her family and friends on the beach. She is looking forward to having a great year and is thrilled to be on the Harlem Link Team!

Matthew Panek, Fifth Grade Teacher

Mr. Panek received a B.S.B.A. in Marketing before earning his M.A.T. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has spent the last five years teaching third and fifth grade just outside of Washington D.C., and this will be his first year at Harlem Link. He has certification to teach K-6 from the state of Virginia. Mr. Panek has played and coached many sports over the years including hockey, soccer, and Brazilian jiu jitsu, and he can't wait to begin working with our scholars.

Rachael Pietrocola, Fifth Grade Teacher

Ms. Pietrocola earned her B.A. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY Potsdam, and her M.S. in Special Education from Hunter College. She is certified in NYS to teach general education (birth-6) and special education (1-6). This will be her third year teaching at Harlem Link, and she is looking forward to an exciting year! Outside of school she enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring areas new to her in New York City!

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Teacher up front

Lower grade teacher:

“I have a great deal of respect for the teachers at Harlem Link. I trust them and feel that I can rely on them.”

(Anonymous staff survey, 2013)