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Jeff Ginsburg | Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jeff Ginsburg has held various roles in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and education policy worlds. Before joining EHTP, Jeff spent five years at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, in various senior positions. He was the founding director and designer of United Way’s Math, Science & Technology initiative (MSTi), a program that grew from 60 students at three sites to a statewide after-school program serving nearly 10,000 youth at 40 locations. The program was held up as a national model by the National Science Foundation, as well as cited in a speech by Senator Edward Kennedy as “an example of the work needed to be done to ensure the successful future of Massachusetts.”

Previously, Jeff held management positions in the for-profit web and telecommunication sectors, and also spent various periods as a working rock musician. Jeff has served on multiple nonprofit boards and continues as an advisory board member for MSTi. Jeff holds a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he studied education policy and nonprofit management while serving as a Founding Chair of the Dean’s Committee on Public Service.

Jeff is a member of the NYC National Service Leadership Council. He is married to Erin K. Blakeley, a writer and journalist, with whom he has three young children, Liam, Cathleen, and Conor.

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Dr. Robert S. harvey | Superintendent & Managing Director, East Harlem Scholars Academies

Dr. Robert S. Harvey has a longstanding history of prioritizing a vision of equity, justice, academic success, and social-emotional wellness for students. Prior to joining East Harlem Scholars Academies, he served as Head of School and CEO of Star Academy College Preparatory School in Memphis. During his tenure, Harvey led Star through double-digit academic gains, increased enrollment, secured a 10-year charter renewal, and strengthened philanthropic investment. Harvey also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Simmons College of Kentucky and adjunct professor in its department of social sciences; and has served Independent day and boarding schools in several capacities.

Dr. Harvey has committed himself to lifelong learning and public scholarship. He earned a doctorate in leadership & society from Memphis Theological Seminary, master of theological studies from Harvard University, and bachelor of arts in sociology & social research from Bryant University. He has also completed executive graduate programs in organizational change and school management from Emeritus Institute and Harvard Graduate School of Education, respectively. He serves on the boards of JUICE, The Collective, and is a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders. 

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Sarah Caney | Deputy Superintendent, East Harlem Scholars Academies

Sarah Caney began her career in education teaching secondary ELA to over-aged and under-credited youths at Hartford Public High School in Hartford, CT. She served as a Curriculum Specialist within the Hartford Public Schools, where she worked with a team of instructors to lead the transition to the Common Core. She also trained incoming corps members with Teach for America, and completed a Principal Residence at Prospect Hill Academy in Cambridge, MA before joining the Phoenix Academy Charter Network in Lawrence, MA, where she served as Principal of a turnaround high school for four years. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Hamilton College, and earned her Master’s degree in School Leadership from Harvard University.


MAX TURNER | Network Director of Operations

Max has been working in education since 2007. After majoring in Cinema and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, he joined Teach for America in rural South Louisiana. In his five years in Louisiana, he served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and consultant to the Louisiana Department of Education and graduated from Teachers College’s Summer Principals Academy with an M.A. in Education Leadership. After graduation, Max moved to New York and ran recruitment and admissions at the Summer Principals Academy before returning to K-12 education at Achievement First Apollo Elementary School where, as Director of Operations, he managed family engagement, operations, finance, and enrollment. Max is excited to join the East Harlem community and to lead operations for Scholars Academies.


Jessica Zannikos | Principal, Scholars Academy Elementary

Jessica Zannikos was born and raised in New York City. She attended Hunter College and earned her degree in English Language Arts and Political Science. Ms. Zannikos has taught a variety of grades from Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. She believes that scholars who excel in reading and writing are destined for success. Therefore, she is working to ensure that all scholars have access to a strong literacy program at Scholars Academy. She has truly enjoyed getting to know the scholars, their families, and the staff at the school thus far. Ms. Zannikos also enjoys coffee, lots of coffee.


Desree Cabrall-Njenga | Principal, Scholars Academy Elementary II

Desree Cabrall-Njenga grew up in the Bronx. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies. After working in television production for a short time, she developed a passion for working with children and began teaching in the South Bronx while working on a master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education. Desree also holds a master’s in school leadership.


Maureen Yusuf-Morales | Founding Principal, Scholars Academy Middle

Originally from Bangladesh and raised in Queens, NY, Maureen (Mo) Yusuf-Morales has teaching experience in public, charter, and independent schools in New York, several years of instructional experience supporting and coaching novice teachers and experience leading instruction in out-of-school-time programs. Aside from her work with instruction in schools and in out-of-school time programming, Mo has also facilitated diversity and anti-bias workshops throughout New York City and across the country. She holds a B.A. in Education and Child Studies from Smith College and an M.A. in Educational Leadership at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Mo lives in Queens with her husband and son.


Rhonda Humphries | Principal, Scholars academy middle ii

Rhonda Humphries is a transformational school leader with more than a decade of service to private, public, and charter schools in the DC and Baltimore areas. Born and raised in DC, she is committed to ensuring equitable educational opportunities for the most marginalized urban students by cultivating safe, culturally responsive, and 21st century classroom environments.

Rhonda has been recognized as a highly effective teacher and leader for her ability to improve student and teacher performance. She has participated in the New Leaders for New Schools Emerging Leaders Program and contributed to the Center for Inspired Teaching as a BLISS Curriculum Designer. Rhonda holds professional certifications in Secondary Social Studies and School Administration.

She obtained her Bachelor’s in History and African-American History from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.

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Tammy Myers | Founding Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy High School

Tammy Myers has been learning from and growing with the students, families, and the communities that she has served as an educator for the last 21 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Hunter College.  She earned her second master’s degree in School Building Leadership at City College. She grew up in the Bronx with her loving parents and older sister. Throughout her life, Tammy has been surrounded by positive role models who have shared their love of learning and strong sense of community with her.  These experiences fueled her passion to become a fierce English teacher. In the last decade, she has led in the capacity of a founding English teacher, an assistant principal, an instructional coach, and a director of a teaching residency at KIPP NYC. She is excited to join the EHTP team and looks forward to continuing her equity journey and work here in the role of Founding Principal.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading realistic and historical fiction, writing poetry, watching cooking challenges, and listening to Neo-Soul music. She is also the proud mother of a creative, humorous, and playful 2 ½ year-old -son.