Fifth Grade Team

Kristina Ferré, Fifth Grade Co-Teacher

Mrs. Ferré earned her B.S. in elementary education from the University of Vermont with concentrations in special education, communication sciences, and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in leadership for educational change from Bank Street College of Education. Mrs. Ferré received her certification to teach grades K-6 from Vermont and New Jersey. She has taught for eight years in the United States and abroad (Mexico and Brazil). This is her first year at Harlem Link Charter School. Mrs. Ferré loves to hike, run, kayak, swim, and simply be outdoors. She is excited to start this new school year at HL!

Lisa Murtha, Fifth Grade Co-Teacher

Lisa Murtha (formerly Ms. Trimmer) earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bucknell University. She is certified K-6 in Pennsylvania, K-5 in New Jersey, and childhood education (1-6) in New York. She has four years of experience in New Jersey, where she taught first and fourth grades. This is her fourth year at Harlem Link Charter School. She loves reading and traveling!

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 spent five years teaching third and fifth grade just outside of Washington D.C., and this will be his second 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 work with our scholars.

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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)