Vanessa has been program director of Harbor K.I.D.S. since 2000. She served as a supervisor from 1998‒2000 and as a group leader from 1990‒1998. In her role, she provides direction and oversight to more than 230 children annually through the Harbor's multidisciplinary programs. Under Vanessa's direction, program accomplishments include the Pioneer Award for Microsociety in 2008 and recognition from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Past accomplishments include being certified as a Microsociety school, being recognized as an outstanding school-age program by the Professional Association of Day Care Directors, and a proclamation for outstanding leadership in Harlem. Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bernard Baruch College. She has met all the qualifications mandated for SACC licensure.
Robert Rosario has always been passionate about education. He began his career as a founding member of the Achievement First Charter School in Brooklyn, where he served as part of the operations team. Rosario, who grew up in Harlem and Washington Heights, New York, has more than 10 years of experience in the field of education. He began his career as a founding member of the Achievement First Charter School in Brooklyn, where he served as part of the operations team. Later, he worked as program director, health director, and camp director at the YWCA at P.S. 327 and then as an assistant director of programs at Harlem Children’s Zone. Most recently, he was education program manager for Friends of The Children NY, where he managed a network of 76 public, private, and charter schools to address issues facing at-risk youth and special education students. Robert created and developed curriculum and facilitated the afterschool and summer camp enrichment programs. At the Harbor, Robert will be responsible for overseeing and managing the T.E.E.N. Afterschool program, which stand for (think, empower, elevate, and navigate). This newly designed program meets the academic needs and personal interests of students in grades 7-12. Harbor T.E.E.N.’s unique three-track design allows students to choose paths with selected activities that foster social and emotional health, as well as academic success. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish literature from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz and completed his master’s degree in childhood education at S.U.N.Y. Albany.