First Grade Team

Tanya Campbell-Thomas, First Grade Co-Teacher

Mrs. Campbell-Thomas received her B.A. in Sociology and her M.S. in Education from The College of New Rochelle. She has her certifications to teach Grades 1-6 in General Education and Special Education from New York. Mrs. Campbell-Thomas is approaching her fourth year of teaching and first year at Harlem Link. She enjoys traveling and cooking.

Sandy Leon-Hoitsma, First Grade Co-Teacher

Mrs. Hoitsma received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (birth to grade 2) from Grand Canyon University and is presently enrolled in the Master’s degree program for Curriculum Instruction. She has over seven years teaching experience and is starting her second year teaching here at Harlem Link. She enjoys reading and always remind her scholars that “reading is just as important as food is to our bodies.”

Danielle Wald, First Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Wald received her B.A. in America Studies from Muhlenberg College and her M.A in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has her certification to teach Grades K-5 from New York. This is her 6th year teaching, and second year at Harlem Link. She enjoys spending time outside, and loves running, biking and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the Harlem Link community!

Tracey Balinskas, First Grade Co-Teacher

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(Anonymous staff survey, 2013)