Laurie Hazeley

head of operations

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Laurie Hazeley started her career in education in the classroom, teaching 4th and 5th grades at PS 154X in the Bronx. Wanting to understand this large educational system and how policy is made, she attended NYU Wagner to earn an MPA. Since then, she has held a variety of roles within education, including serving as the founding Operations Manager for KIPP Academy Elementary in the Bronx. After helping open this high performing school, Ms. Price was recruited to use this operational expertise to support charters schools across the city at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), and went on to serve as Chief of Staff and then Executive Director for the Charter Schools Accountability and Support Office in the NYCDOE. After working in several city-wide educational organizations in NYC, she is now thrilled and honored to be at Compass Charter School close to her Ditmas Park neighborhood. Laurie is a proud University of Maryland alumna (go Terps!) and loves to find excuses to cook dinner (or any meal, really) on a grill.


Haleema Ahmed

Finance Manager

Haleema was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She worked for KPMG Peat Marwick for 10 years before migrating to United States of America. She has worked for non-profits for over 15 yearsas a Senior Accountant and Director of Asset and Property Management. Each position has offered vast experience, exposure and a challenge in accounting.

Haleema comes to Compass from East Harlem Tutorial Program where she was responsible for the finances of 2 Charter Schools, After school program(k-12) and Construction of the Educational facility. She is well aware of the impact non-profit can haveon students from all backgrounds.  Therefore, she is passionate about Compass Charter School mission and is excited to get to know and work with all staff and students to reach their fullest potential.


chelesa christmas

Operations Assistant

Chelsea was born in New London, CT and was raised right near our school in Brooklyn Heights. Chelsea loves leaving a positive mark wherever she goes. In high school she founded and ran the step team, was student body treasurer, and ran and opened the first school store. Chelsea has always had a passion for working with children and after working in the education field as a teacher's assistant and paraprofessional for children with special needs at Peek A Boo Learning Center and Milestone School for Child Development, she found her niche. Chelsea attends Touro College where she is seeking a degree in occupational therapy. Chelsea enjoys writing, spending quality time with her younger sisters, trying new foods, and traveling.


Stephanie is excited to be joining the Compass Team this year as the Community Support Coordinator!  Stephanie will be supporting the implementation of the social emotional curriculum, supporting students with short term counseling, and collaborating closely with the FSC.  Prior to joining the Compass team, Stephanie has worked as a social worker in several school settings.  Most recently, she was a school social worker in Newark, New Jersey providing comprehensive mental health services to students across the school community.  Stephanie believes that natural exploration is an integral part of education and helping children build the skills that will ultimately lead to happy and fulfilled lives.

Stephanie completed a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph’s University in 2005 majoring in sociology, and minoring in psychology.  In 2008, Stephanie moved to Brooklyn to begin graduate school at New York University.  After completing internships and course work in social work, Stephanie completed her Masters Degree in Social Work. In 2014, she completed a Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Practice with Adolescents. Through an array of social work positions, Stephanie has been committed to advocating for social justice and equality.   In her spare time, she loves to cook with fresh CSA veggies, spend time with her husband, and her two loving cats named Jelly and Homer.

stephanie penberthy

Community support coordinator 


As a veteran teacher of 30 years, Janis comes to Compass with a wealth of knowledge regarding the teaching of literacy to elementary students. Since the opening of Compass, Janis has volunteered three days a week to work with first grade students who can benefit from one-on-one intervention to boost both reading and writing skills. Janis is trained in Reading Recovery, a literacy intervention program designed to boost the skills, strategies and independence of first grade readers. Additionally, she is trained in Wilson’s Foundations program. From 2008 to 2016, Janis worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Bank Street College, teaching two graduate courses to aspiring literacy coaches and special education teachers. Additionally, during six years of those eight years, she volunteered at PS 175 in Harlem, as a Reading Recovery tutor. Prior to that, Janis worked for 25 years at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, most recently, as the Lower School Reading Specialist and prior to that, as a First and Third Grade teacher. At Trevor, Janis led a collaborative effort in designing the literacy curriculum for K-5th grade, developed a literacy assessment program, conducted parent and teacher workshops, opened her classroom for teachers to observe excellent literacy instruction, participated in weekly Child Study Team meetings, provided small group literacy instruction and one-on- one Reading Recovery instruction to first graders. Janis believes all children can learn, if provided with the right instruction and support. She relishes a collaborative approach, including: parents, teachers, administrators and most importantly, each child at the center of his or her learning. Janis graduated from American University with a B.A. in Political Science and Columbia University, Teachers College, with an M.A. in Elementary Education. Additionally, Janis attended Bank Street College for her Reading and Literacy, Clinical Practice Certification as a Reading Specialist.

Janis Arno

Literacy Volunteer


I was born and raised in Brooklyn New York, I attended Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York studying early childhood for a year and a half. I then made a decision to come back home, transfer schools, and gain an experience in working with elementary-aged students. Growing up, I have always volunteered at community centers and after school programs working with children and participating in many projects. Knowing I can connect with children and put a smile on their face makes me a better person. Building a bond and a connection is the most important thing when working with kids. It is something that I truly love. My long-term goal is to become a teacher and make teaching and learning fun. Starting off as a paraprofessional working in Compass has been a joyful, exciting, and tremendous experience for me. This journey with the Elm class so far has helped me realized how exciting and happy I am when working with children. Thank you Elm students, Shawn, and Teressa for welcoming me with open arms!

Tiera Moody

Paraprofessional