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Success Academy Harlem 2

Quick Facts

  • K-4 Current grades
  • 2008 Opened
  • K-4 Planned grades
  • 5 District


Kaitlin McDermott, Harlem 2 Lower

Originally from Connecticut, Kaitlin joined Teach For America after graduating from the University of Maryland. Through TFA, she taught fourth grade for two years in South Texas, before moving to Austin, where she continued to teach and work toward her master’s degree. After earning her master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin, she moved to Washington, DC, and worked as an instructional coach for four years at a charter school network. In 2012, she joined Success Academy as a Leadership Resident at SA Harlem 4 and SA Bronx 1, where she managed grades K-2. Kaitlin brings over ten years of experience in education as both an educator and leader to SA Harlem 2′s K-2 program.

Lavinia Mackall, Harlem 2 Upper

After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in music in 2007, Lavinia worked as a management consultant and an opera singer in New York City before joining Teach For America in 2011. At Success, she taught grades 1-3 in general education and ICT for three years before becoming a Leadership Resident at SA Harlem 5 last year. Lavinia has a masters in teaching in childhood education from Relay Graduate School of Education. In her spare time she enjoys deep-sea diving and is an avid spearfisher.