Mr. Mahaliel H. Bethea II, Founding Principal

Mr. Bethea
is the Founding Principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he began his teaching career by way of Teach for America at the Urban Assembly Academy of History and Citizenship for Young Men (UAAHC) as a World History & Law Teacher. During his years on faculty, Mr. Bethea founded and coached the UAAHC Warrior Step Team and founded the UAAHC Abroad Program, which provided opportunities for students to travel to Costa Rica, Japan and Peru. In addition to his work with student activities, he served as Grade Team Chair, History Department Head, School Leadership Team Member, Professional Development Team Member and Dean of Students over the course of his time at UAAHC.

After transitioning from UAAHC, Mr. Bethea began his tenure at the Eagle Academy for Young Men as Director of Scholar Life- Lower School. In this role, he headed the development of the school wide culture and discipline systems and structures for a new middle school being added to a preexisting high school. He later went on to serve as Instructional Coach - New Teacher Support, Dean of Instruction and one of the schools professional developers. He also established the Eagle Abroad Program, which provided opportunities to students to travel to Spain and China.

Mr. Bethea holds a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education from Pace University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University at Albany- the State University of New York where he graduated Cum Laude. Mr. Bethea looks forward to continuing to ensure that Eagle Harlem provides the highest quality education possible for the young men, and that Eagle Academy becomes a pillar in the Greater Harlem Community.

               Contact info: MBethea@eagleharlem.org
Ms. Catrice Davis, Assistant Principal - Administration

Ms. Davis is the Assistant Principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem. She was born and raised for most of her life in Harlem, NY. When she began her career with the NYCBOE as a paraprofessional (educational assistant) she never knew “her calling had found her.”  After graduating cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from City College of New York, Ms. Davis pursued her Master of Science in Education from Hunter College as an NYC Teaching Fellow. During her tenure as a teacher, she taught PK-grades 6, general education and gifted and talented,  as well as SAT test prep and college and career counseling to high school sophomores and juniors.

Ms. Davis has helped to cultivate a collaborative learning environment among her colleagues. In her roles as grade team leader and an Instructional Lead, she has been a member of curriculum development teams, organized professional development plans, and has lead and developed grade level training sessions. Being a lifelong learner is a goal of Ms. Davis’. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Special Education at Fordham University to be able to better address the changing needs of today’s student population. Ms. Davis also holds Advanced Post-Graduate certificates in Literacy from Fordham University and in Educational Leadership from Stonybrook University.

Ms. Davis is excited to be a part of a team that will inspire and nurture the young men of Eagle Harlem to develop into the promising leaders of tomorrow. Having raised sons, she understands the importance and the urgency of the task which Eagle Academy has undertaken and is eager to continue to contribute as a member of the “village.”

Contact info: CDavis@eagleharlem.org

 Ms. Lakia Washington
Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Instruction

Ms. Washington serves as one of the Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction at The Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem. She has been teaching for the NYCDOE for a decade. She was born and raised in the Bronx. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was an NYC Teaching Fellow and received her Masters in Special Education/ K-8 from Mercy College.  

She began teaching in District 75 at the OTC McSweeney for 3 years before transitioning to their Inclusion program at the Bronx School of Law, Government, and Justice.  Ms. Washington began teaching at Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx in 2007. She was a founding member of the middle school team out both Eagle Bronx and Eagle Harlem. Now as Assistant Principal, she looks forward to continuing her work with our young men, and in the school community she loves.  She enjoys sports, music, traveling, and spending time with her 3 children. 

          Contact info:  LWashington@eagleharlem.org