Fourth Grade Team

Maureen Civelli-Cohen, Fourth Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Civelli-Cohen earned her B.S. and M.S. in Regular and Special Education at SUNY Geneseo. She has about 28 years of experience teaching, from Pre-K to high school within urban, suburban, homeschooling and/or tutoring environments, and is very excited to be working with the scholars at Harlem Link for the fourth year. She enjoys traveling with her family and friends, watching her children play volleyball, baseball, and soccer, and teaching children.

Hana Ljubičić, Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Ljubičić (Ms. L) attended Pace University and majored in Childhood Education. She also earned her M.A. in Special Education at Pace University. This is her fourth year teaching, and second year at Harlem Link. She is passionate about hiking, yoga, art, history and politics. She encourages our scholars to think critically about the world and express their creativity!

Matthew Panek, Fourth Grade Co-Teacher

Mr. Panek received a B.S.B.A. in Marketing before earning his M.A.T. from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent five years teaching third and fifth grade just outside of Washington D.C., and this will be his second year at Harlem Link. He has certification to teach K-6 from the state of Virginia. Mr. Panek has played and coached many sports over the years including hockey, soccer, and Brazilian jiu jitsu, and he can't wait to work with our scholars.


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