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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.


Laurie Hazeley

head of operations

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.


chelsea 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.