Steven Evangelista (C’98)
Principal and co-founder, Harlem Link Charter School
Steven Evangelista had expected his career in education to be temporary, but instead it became a life-long calling. Evangelista is principal and co-founder of Harlem Link Charter School, a K-5 public school that strives to graduate articulate scholars who not only exceed state performance standards, but who are also active citizens serving within their own communities. Evangelista discovered his calling after graduating from Georgetown as a psychology major, when he enrolled with Teach for America. Assigned to work in New York City, he found the elementary schools in the area were in great need of a “curriculum and teaching structure that supports the development of critical thinking skills and student independence.” Evangelista, initially opposed to charter schools, began researching the possibility of creating a charter school in Harlem to address these needs while earning his master’s in education at Bank Street College. In 2005, with the help of a grassroots founding board and co-founder Margaret Ryan, he opened Harlem Link Charter School. Now, because of Harlem Link’s impressive academic and organizational achievements, it has earned a charter renewal, extending into 2018.
24 Nov 2014
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