These amazing educators primarily work with students between grades 3 and 5





5th grade


I grew up in Long Island, NY. I attended St. John's University in Queens for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have obtained a license in Elementary Education, grades 1-6, and a Master's Degree in Teaching Children with Disabilities, grades 1-6. I have worked for the NYCDOE for ten years. I love being able to help children learn and develop throughout the year, both academically and socially. The most rewarding part of my job is the glowing look on a student's face when he/she has mastered a concept that they once struggled with. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, especially my two nieces. I also enjoy cooking, going out to eat, reading, watching movies as well as sports. I love taking long walks with my dog, Kayla.

Danielle Clermont

5th grade



ESL Teacher


I grew up in Whitestone, Queens, NY. I went to Queens College, and I graduated with a degree in TESOL. This is my 2nd year in the NYCDOE. What I love most about my job is the push to keep learning, to keep discovering new questions, and to help students discover their own questions. In my free time I love to travel, try new cuisine, and spend time with family and friends.


ENL Teacher






5th grade


I grew up in Astoria, Queens, my family and I lived in the same apartment for 18 years. I went to Queens College for both my Bachelors and Masters degree. At Queens I double majored in Sociology and Childhood Education for my Bachelors degree. For my Masters degree I studied Teaching Students with Disabilities for Childhood Education. This will be my third year in the DOE, previously I worked for 3 years teaching at a charter school. Teaching is more than a job it is a way of life. What I love about being a teacher is the connection between myself and my students. I love the way we have an impact on each others lives and at the end of the school year we each walk away having grown that much more as a person. I love watching faces light up when something clicks, and listening to the questions that children ask and the way their minds explore is fascinating to me. I love that is a community effort, teachers work as a team and families in order to make sure every child gets exactly what they need, with teaching you are part of something bigger. In my free time, if I have free time, I like any physical activity. I love going to the gym, playing handball and tennis. I love hiking as well and am always interested in learning about new trails. I recently went camping and fell in love with it and am excited to go again. I also love spending time with my family and cooking for them. I have two chihuahuas, Rosey and Stewie, and they are the most adorable and loving dogs!I am excited about the new school year and can't wait to get to know the students and families of PS 330!!




Giselle Smith






I grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens. I went to St John's University where I studied Psychology. I have worked for the NYCDOE for 9 years. What I love the most about my job are my beautiful, funny, and intelligent students. I spend my free time being a mother to my twins.

Jenna Warshall

5th grade


JESSIE Winston

5th Grade


I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I attended Adelphi University in Garden City, NY where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and my Master's Degree in Childhood Education. I have worked for the DOE for 7 years. I love that everyday is a new opportunity to learn, not only for my students, but for myself as well. During my free time I enjoy relaxing, listening to music, and when I can, traveling.


4th grade


I grew up on Long Island. I attended high school at Milton Academy in Massachusetts. I then traveled to Princeton University in new Jersey where I majored in Psychology. I finally received my Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Lehman College in the Bronx. I have worked for the DOE for 8 years. What I love most about my job is seeing children discover something interesting. I spend my free time writing, doing martial arts, motorcycle riding, skiing, and scuba diving.


5th grade


I grew up mostly in the Midwest but moved back to New York more than 10 years ago. I received my masters in Childhood Education from CCNY. I enjoy working with my students and helping them reach their goals through education. The one thing I love about teaching is that everyday is a journey. Journeys of growth -- as you grow, students grow, and the class as a whole grows. During my spare time, I love spending time with friends, traveling to new places, trying out new restaurants, and I also enjoy outdoor activities.

Lee Bertinato

4th grade


I grew up in Westchester Sq. in the Bronx, and now live in Queens. I attended Plattsburgh State University where I received my bachelors in Childhood Education/English 1-6. Shortly after that, I received my masters in Childhood Special Education 1-6 at Fordham University. This will be my 8th year working for the DOE. I love that my class is filled with unique and diverse learners, each with something special to contribute or share with the class. One of the most gratifying things to see is the growth that children show, both academically and socially, from when they first walk into the classroom until the end of June. Also, seeing the look on students' faces when they get those "ah hah" moments is unparalleled. During the summer, I spend my time enjoying the longer days-- at the beach, summer concerts/festivals, or going on my next trip. When the first snow falls, I can't wait to pick up right where I left off in getting better at snowboarding. Some things I like to do all year round are trying out different restaurants/cuisines, karaoke, yoga, and checking out new exhibitions. I look forward to a year of teaching and learning at PS 330Q!


2nd grade


I grew up in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and attended John Jay HS. I went to York College, and majored in Psychology and Touro College where I majored in Education. I have worked for the NYCDOE for nine years. I love working with children. I love to know that any deposit I make in their lives will have great returns. Sure, they are not always immediate, but I can rest in knowing that the return will come. My free time is spent with my family. We love to play board games, read together, or go for walks in the park.


3rd grade



4th grade


I grew up in Mumbai, India. I received my Undergraduate Degree in Economics from Queens College. I received my Masters Degree in Education from Queens College as well. I have been teaching in the NYC DOE for 4 years. I love guiding future scientists, artists, doctors, engineers, mathematicians, authors etc. I love seeing the excitement in kids' faces when they learn something new, and accomplish a task. I love spending time with my kids and husband. I love reading, traveling, and exploring different neighborhoods of New York City.




I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I went to Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY. I completed my undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany and majored in Communications. After graduating, I worked in marketing for 8 years. During which, I went back to school for my masters degree at Queens College for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I have worked for the NYCDOE for 5 years. I decided to change careers because I wanted to have an impact on children's lives. I love knowing that I can make a difference every day. As a child, I always looked up to my teachers... I want to be that kind of teacher, one that inspires her students to be anything they want to be. My free time is spent with my best friend, my 2 year old niece Chloe.


4th grade


I grew up in Rosedale New York. I graduated from York College CUNY with a bachelors degree in English/Childhood Education. This will be my 1st year in NYCDOE, but I spent 3 years teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE and 4 years in an NYC private school. I love making the classroom feel like a home away from home and children feel enthusiastic about learning. It is amazing to watch students progress and realize that learning occurs everywhere. I also love making children feel enthusiastic about learning. It is amazing to watch students progress and realize that learning occurs everywhere. I am married and I have a 2 1/2-year-old boy that love to spend time with.

Rachel Pedersen

3/4th grade Bridge



5th Grade


I was born and raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York! I am very proud of where I come from because it has changed so much over the years and has become the place to be. Today I live in Glendale, Queens but visit home frequently to see my family and friends. I went to Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village. My college life has been a wild adventure to say the least! I started in John Jay College, but left after I reevaluated my life. Soon after I went to LaGuardia CC where I majored in Early Childhood Education. My next stop was City College where I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. After finally making the decision of where I wanted to be in 20 years I went to Hunter College where I received my Masters in Childhood Education 1-6. A few years later I went to Grand Canyon University where I received my second Masters in Technology Education. I have worked for the NYCDOE for 12 years. The one thing I love most about my job is the children. I love teaching them new ideas and concepts, and I love making connections and bonds with them. My free time is spent with my wife and kids doing anything recreational. I also love attending live sporting events frequently and going to wrestling events with my friends from high school. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!!


3rd grade


I grew up in Queens. I went to Queens College. I have been in the NYCDOE for 11 years. The one thing I love most about my job is knowing that I can make a difference in a student's life both in and out of the classroom. I spend my free time traveling.


4th grade


I grew up in South Jamaica Queens. My educational journey started at LaGuardia Community College where I obtained my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. From there, I attended Queens College where I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Childhood Education and Sociology. I decided to further my education and obtained my Masters Degree in Special Education at the College of New Rochelle. This is my fourth year working for the NYCDOE. What I love most about teaching is being able to make a difference in a child's life. I enjoy making learning fun and interactive so that all students have the opportunity to learn. During my free time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.


5th grade


I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. I graduated from Flushing High School. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from City College of New York and a Masters Degree in Education from Metropolitan College of NY. I have worked for the NYCDOE for 10 years. I love the fact that as an educator I hold the key to making a difference in a child's educational career. Some children might see math or reading as a challenge but I have the opportunity to show them that you can overcome these challenges. I have been given the gift of being a second mom in a room full of children who expect and deserve respect, support, comfort, and guidance. I also enjoy learning something new every school year from my students because they are unique in their own way and they are not shy about it :) I spend my free time with my family, especially my sons who think they are the Avengers. I love to smile and make people smile because a single smile can make a huge difference in a person's day.




Stefanie Giallias

4th grade



3rd grade


I grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens. For my undergraduate degree, I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I majored in Sociology and Afro-American Studies. I received my Masters of Science in teaching at Brooklyn College. I worked for the NYCDOE for 6 years and then I left. This is my first year retuning to full time teaching with the NYCDOE. What I love the most about my job is the fact that I get to share my love of reading with my students and I get to help them develop as readers and writers. I like to cook, go out with friends to restaurants and also go out dancing. Most of all I love spending time with my kids.