Our Staff!

Meet our Teachers!

Ms. Adams

8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

EMAIL: RAdams3@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Askins

Parent Coordinator

EMAIL: CAskins@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Balestrieri

7th & 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

EMAIL: msbalestrieri@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

"Make the math interesting, make the math relevant, and most importantly, make the math possible!"

Fun Fact:

I have been playing soccer for 25 years and have traveled all along the East Coast and even traveled all the way to England to play!

Ms. Barkan

6th Grade ELA Teacher

EMAIL: jbarkan4@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."- Maya Angelou

Fun Fact: I only went to Disney for the first time when I was 22.


Mr. Berardi

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

EMAIL: nberardi2@schools.nyc.gov or mrberardi@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"Learning should be an interactive experience that allows students to create their own meaning in their education."

Fun Fact:

I love to travel and have been to twelve different countries!

Mr. Berezovsky

8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, 6th & 8th Grade Advisory teacher

EMAIL: Mberezovsky@schools.nyc.gov or MrB@25Q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy:

"Maximum effort gets you very far in life" - Mr Berezovsky

Fun Fact:

I have lived in four different countries and dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler.

Ms. Debellis

6th and 7th grade ENL/ELA Teacher

Email: adebellis3@schools.nyc.gov or msdebellis@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"People are constantly learning and evolving. I want my students to become lifelong learners who seek knowledge about the world and leave a positive mark on it." ~ Ms. Debellis

Fun Fact:

I love learning about different cultures and new languages. I have traveled to various continents and visited schools around the world.

Mr. Delli Gatti

6th Grade Science Teacher

Email: rdelligatti@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quote: "Learning can take place and be meaningful by forging a relationship with your students."

Fun Fact:

My two main passions are sports and traveling (particularly to Italy).

Ms. DiChiara

Math and Special Education (6-8)

Email: jdichiara2@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

"All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way."

Fun Fact:

My picture is on the Applebee's wall!

Ms. Emerick

6th Grade Science

EMAIL: JEmerick2@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Goldstein

Math and Special Education

E-mail: DGoldstein6@schools.nyc.gov or gold422@gmail.com

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"If at first you don't succeed, keep trying and finally you will achieve success. Never give up."

Fun Fact:

I am an avid soccer fan who constantly watches soccer from all over the world.

Ms. Hohmann

6th Grade Mathematics Teacher

EMAIL: JHohmann@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Idez

6th & 8th Grade ELA Teacher

EMAIL: AIdez@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly, they are inspired to see it in themselves." - Dr. Steven R. Covey

Fun Fact:

I can say the alphabet backwards.


Mr. Johnson

Science and Special Education

EMAIL: BJohnson20@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quotes:

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." John Dewey

"We can learn and have fun, trust me!" - Mr. Johnson

Fun Fact:

I love sports, music, movies, and cooking.

Ms. Kalberer

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Special Education Teacher

EMAIL: akalberer@schools.nyc.gov or mskalberer@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

“Teaching is a work of heart.”

Fun Fact:

Some of my favorite parts of my day are my son, anything to do with animals, and laughter!

Ms. Kokoronis

6-8 ENL/ELA

EMAIL: Ekokoronis@schools.nyc.gov and ms.koko@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” - John Dewey

Fun Fact:

I attended and graduated high school in Greece - Thessaloniki.

Ms. Kopatsis

Speech Therapist/Teacher

EMAIL: AKopatsis@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Laurie

Special Education/Social Studies Teacher

EMAIL: RLaurie@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough." -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Fun Fact:

I ran one half marathon and will not be running another half marathon.

Ms. Lauro

Special Education/ELA Teacher

EMAIL: KLauro@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Lenneberg

8th Grade ELA Teacher

EMAIL: ALenneberg@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Martinovic

Special Education/ELA Teacher

EMAIL: NMartinovic@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Mars (Meagher)

7th & 8th Science Teacher

EMAIL: DMeagher@schools.nyc.gov

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

Fun Fact:

Member of the world famous Academy of Magical Arts & Sciences (aka “The Magic Castle”) in Hollywood, CA.

Ms. Mercedes

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher

EMAIL: MMercedes@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. McNamara

7th Grade ELA Teacher

EMAIL: SMcnamara@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Perper

Foreign Language Teacher (Spanish)

EMAIL: JPerper@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Rankel

Special Education/Mathematics

EMAIL: CRankel@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Schwartz

6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

EMAIL: DSchwar7@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Siedman

Physical Education Teacher

EMAIL: JSeidma2@schools.nyc.gov

Mr. Vasquez

8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher

EMAIL: dvasque2@schools.nyc.gov or mrvasquez@25q250.gsuite.nyc

Teaching Philosophy Quote:

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ― Aristotle

Fun Fact:

I enjoy photography and spending time with my family.

Ms. Zimmerman

7th & 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

EMAIL: JZimmerman4@schools.nyc.gov