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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.


Eric Rench

head of operations

LEric's passion for education came to fruition as a tutor for Howard Middle School in Orlando, Florida. As a first-generation college student, it took him ten years to complete his bachelor's degree while working full-time in the corporate world. During vacations and the weekends, Eric was heavily involved in service-learning projects in his community where he worked with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Give Kids the World, and Mustard Seed. These experiences afforded him the opportunity to travel to New Orleans during spring break in 2013 and 2014 to rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. After Eric graduated with his BA in English from Rollins College, Eric moved to New York to start a master's program at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at TC, Eric began working at charter schools in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating in 2017, Eric began a PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Buffalo. His research aims to increase student retention in online programs through specialized programming and technology that increase student engagement and collaboration. His educational interests include: education technology. experiential learning, academic equity, first-generation college retention, and college student satisfaction.

In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and sailing. He is frequently walking 15+ miles from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the weekends. Eric's love for the sea comes from being born and raised in Portland, Maine, and one day hopes to sail the world just like his literary hero, Odysseus. 


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.