Non-Instructional Staff

Erica Adams, Associate Dean

Ms. Erica is a graduate of Wadleigh High School in Manhattan. Erica has enjoyed working with children as an Associate Dean at Harlem Link for ten years. Her major responsibilities include behavior management, breakfast, lunch, and recess duties, assisting classroom teachers, and being a certified bus matron. She appreciates working in a diverse community and being able to mature as an artist, allowing her to relax and expand her thoughts. She loves spending time with her family, and is interested in early childhood education as well as developing her passion as a fashion stylist.

Valerie Babb, Manager of Hiring and Family Engagement

Valerie spent four years leading charter school parent organizing and advocacy efforts for the New York City Charter School Center. She worked closely with policymakers, elected officials and educators to give charter school parents a voice in the education policy debate. She spent the earlier part of her career in the field of fundraising, working for one of the pre-eminent nonprofits in Harlem, the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC). Valerie also spent five years as a radio personality at Harlem Community radio (WHCR 90.3fm). She is a graduate of the City College of New York, with a B.A. in Communications. Valerie enjoys finding the newest flavor of artisan popcorn and developing her “jumping” technique. Her first airplane jump was in Summer 2015.

Ramelle Brown, Manager of Data and Accountability

Ms. Brown received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Kenyon College. This is her second year working with Harlem Link but she previously worked as an Advocate Counselor at an alternative high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In her free time you can find Ms. Brown running, reading and eating (though usually not all at once). She is very excited to work with Harlem Link and meet all of the brilliant scholars here!

Eugene Campbell, Executive Director of After All

Bio coming soon!

Jurae Edwards, Associate Dean

Mr. Edwards was born in 1983 and has a wife, two beautiful girls, and a great personality. He has been working with kids for eight years and loves being able to make kids better and helping them achieve their goals. This is his second year as associate dean at Harlem Link and he feels it has been great since he has started. He feels very welcomed and loves the staff here. He's very excited about the upcoming school year. He knows it will be a challenge, but as long as we work together, we will accomplish our goals.

Leon Johnson, Associate Dean

Bio coming soon!

Regla Mora, Associate Dean

Ms. Mora is a native New Yorker who was educated in the New York Public School System. Her parents are from Cuba, and she is her parents’ translator being that they are not from an English descent. She attended Louis D. Brandeis High School. ┬áHer roles at Harlem Link are an associate dean, cafeteria monitor, physical education assistant, and classroom assistant. She assists in delivery of instruction and materials, using positive motivation and discipline, consequences, as well as conflict resolution. As a bus matron, she ensures the safety of students by making sure seat belts are on, by dropping students in the correct location and with the proper adult pick-up, and by maintaining low voice levels and order to avoid distracting the bus driver. This is her tenth year with Harlem Link and she is honored to be working here with children and teachers. Every day is a learning experience for her. Being a mother of a beautiful and inspiring young lady of 15 years of age helps her continue to work with young and positive minds. She shares the vision and mission of Harlem Link Charter School so LET’S GO SCHOLARS!!!

Christopher Priatno, Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

John Reddick, Associate Dean and Founding Board Member

In 1974, Mr. Reddick studied Education at Brooklyn College and that year he helped write the curriculum for the Department of Education of the City of New York at Columbia University. Mr. Reddick worked for 25 years for the First Avenue Daycare under C.P.C. and A.C.S. He also worked as an Environmental Educator for Trust for Public Land for 25 years. In addition to his full time work at Harlem Link since its founding, he still works for New York City Housing Authority doing Environmental Education after school for them. In 2006 he was voted Garden Crusader 2nd Place for Education in the U.S. In 1973 he was awarded black belt by Hoteikan Dojo. He has done self-defense workshops for the U.S. Coast Guard, New York City Department of Corrections, and New York City Police Department. Once a year for the past 10 years, he works out and leads workshops at West Point.

Veronica Robertson, Associate Dean

Veronica Robertson is a graduate of Charles Evans Hughes High School in Manhattan. In her role of associate dean, she is a learning leader and supports the mission of the school as a science teaching assistant, physical education teaching assistant, bus matron, and cafeteria monitor. She also supports classrooms when teachers have other responsibilities. This is her tenth year with Harlem Link. She has been working with children all of her life and has raised eight children of her own: 6 boys and 2 girls. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful grandson and loves teaching children how to read!

Layla Rodman, Administrative Secretary

Bio coming soon!

Marianne Van Auken, Director of Start to Finish Program

Mrs. Van Auken (formerly Ms. Kinney) earned her B.A. in Political Science, Education, and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond, and her M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has her certification to teach K-6 from Virginia, and was a classroom teacher for 8 years. This is her eighth year with Harlem Link. As Director of the Start to Finish program, she supports our Link community from Start (early literacy in the community) to Finish (middle school placement and alumni support). She has managed special programs in Germany, Virginia, South Africa, New York, and Sierra Leone. She loves reading the NY Times, learning from all members of our community, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her son and husband.

John Wyeth, Operations Assistant

Mr. Wyeth received his B.S. in Theatre Arts from Syracuse University and his M.F.A in Playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon. This is his ninth year working in Operations at Harlem Link. He collects old jazz records.

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Lower grade teacher:

“The school culture among the staff has been positive and proactive to remain solutions oriented.”

(Anonymous staff survey, 2013)