Mariela Graham, Founding Principal

Mariela Graham is the principal of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice. Prior to founding this school, she was a middle school Social Studies and Math teacher in Washington Heights. For three years, she was also the Student Council adviser and Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) prep coordinator. She has taught bilingual, English/Spanish, classes as well. Ms. Graham holds a BA from Duke University and an EdM from Teachers College where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Leadership.

Ms. Graham was born in Lima, Peru and was raised in New Rochelle, New York. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Inwood, Manhattan.

Nathalie Jufer, Principal

Nathalie Jufer began her career in New York City public schools as a middle school English teacher in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  As a founding administrator at UASCJ, Ms. Jufer has been a Dean and is currently the Principal.  In addition to supervising instruction and students, she has a keen interest in ensuring that our students lead healthy, active lives.  She leads the flag football and softball after school clubs and is often seen encouraging students to eat more healthily.  Ms. Jufer received her Bachelor's degree from Long Island University where she attended on a full athletic scholarship.  At LIU, she also received a Masters degree in Education.  She completed her studies by receiving her administrative license at the College of Staten Island.

In addition to her passion for public education, Ms. Jufer plays flag football for NY TNT.  She enjoys hiking and often travels to Switzerland to spend time with her family.  She’s an animal lover and is the happy owner of two cats.

Kelliann Moller, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Moller was born and raised on Long Island where she currently resides. She attended SUNY New Paltz where she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in History. While in college, Ms. Davis had the amazing opportunity to study abroad at Limerick University in Ireland. She has a M.A. degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Administration. Ms. Davis taught 7th grade social studies in NYC for seven years before becoming dean at UASCJ. As an Assistant Principal she is responsible for discipline, school events and culture. This year she will serve as Senior Class Advisor and Cheerleading Coach.

Ms. Davis loves traveling. She has traveled to over 50 major European, Central and South American cities. Her goal is to see all of the new wonders of the world. She has already been to Machu Picchu, the Coliseum and Chichen Itza. In her free time Ms. Davis loves to cook, read, hike, camp and spend time with her friends and family.

Sage Norman, Assistant Principal

Ms. Norman grew up Portland, Oregon and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish Literature. Ms. Norman is a Teach for America alumna and earned her Masters of Science in Education at The City College of New York. She was a Wallace Fellow at Bank Street College of Education, where she received her Master of Education in school leadership. Ms. Norman loves to travel, bike ride, attend concerts, cook, read and play with her dog, Franklin. She loves teaching and learning from her students and colleagues at UASCJ. 2017-18 is her tenth year at UASCJ. After teaching sixth grade for five years, Ms. Norman transitioned into the full-time Dean and Special Education Coordinator in the 2013-2014 school year and held this position for four years. She is thrilled to continue her career at UASCJ now as Assistant Principal!