Photo of Public School 51 Queens Building


Magdaly Saint-Juste - Principal

Laura Alicea - Assistant Principal

Bridget O'Dea - Instructional Coach 

Tatiana Arboleda - School Secretary

Andrea Kelly - Parent Coordinator


Cell: (347) 563-4204


Principal's Message, Spring 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I hope you had a wonderful spring break, and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  We look forward to seeing all of you back at school on April 17, 2023!

At PS 51Q, we strongly believe in the school-home partnership.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.  Our collaboration is crucial to our learners’ academic, social, and emotional growth.

Best wishes for the remainder of the school year at P. S. 51Q, where “Little Seeds Grow Into Great Trees”!


Magdaly Saint-Juste, Principal

About Us

After the Civil War Richmond Hill was developed on forest and farmland and it is one of the city's first planned communities. It was developed by Albon Platt Mann, a Manhattan lawyer.  The Victorian era saw the construction of Queen Anne-style mansions, which were purchased by crowded residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 brought expansion and increased traffic. Soon, newspapers began to highlight the qualities of our many parks, lush lawns, tasteful homes, and proud residents in the area.  

As the area further developed, schools were needed for the children. The original P. S. 51Q, which was named the Johnson Avenue Elementary School, was built in 1903.  It initially served an an elementary school and later as an annex to Richmond Hill High School.  That building was eventually demolished.  Our current school building was completed in 1999. It currently serves just under 200 students, predominately from Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens, in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten and One.  Students then proceed to P. S. 56Q for grades 2 through 5.

Our school is a microcosm of the community it serves. Our families mainly come from Central and South America, India, the United States, Yemen, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Ukraine, China and Korea.  We value and celebrate all cultures, and learn from each other.

Vision Statement

We are working towards a vision where education at PS 51Q leads our learners to master the Next Generation Learning Standards in foundational skills that will put them on a pathway of college readiness and personal success.

Mission Statement

P.S. 51Q strives to create opportunities for all students to acquire grade-level NGLS-based academic skills and social emotional skills in a nurturing and culturally responsive environment. Our school commits to providing equity and excellence in education by developing a community of diverse lifelong learners and critical thinkers who understand how to use their voices to positively impact society. 

Overview, School Quality & Reports 

Calendar of Events

September 8, 2023 - School Reopens



Administrative Team

Magdaly Saint-Juste, Principal                                         

Laura Alicea                                                                     

Bridget Odea, Instructional Coach                                   

Arboleda Tatiana, School Secretary                                 

Andrea Kelly, Parent Coordinator                                    


School Nurse

Happiness Acharaike, School Nurse                                

School Based Support Team

Doreen Germosen, Social Worker                                

Diana Lamagna, Psychologist                                       

Paula Jackson, Family Worker                                      


Teaching Staff

Sandra Boodoo, Paraprofessional                                   

James Bucicchia, Physical Education Teacher               

Lauren Cammarato, Teacher                                           

Tania Castillo, Teacher                                                     

Zhanneta Fuzaylova, Teacher                                         

Lori Gandelman, Teacher/UFT Representative                

Hope Komal, Teacher                                                       

Balbir Kaur, Paraprofessional                          

Ana Liriano, Paraprofessional                                         

Chari Meisel, Teacher                                                      

Margaret Smith, Teacher                                                 

Toomer Ann-marie, Teacher                                             

Danielle Trapasso, Teacher                                             

Demetra Tripotseris, Teacher                                           

Worrell Erica, Teacher                                                      

Maggie Yau, Visual Arts Teacher                                     

Young Lynne, Teacher                                                      


Guidance and Therapists

Jan Dee Mcdougal, Guidance Counselor                       

Laurie Mullodzhanov, Speech Therapist                        

Dora Alvarez, Speech Therapist (Spanish)                    

Glenda Nabua-Bria, Physical Therapist                         

Talya Nof, Occupational Therapist                                 

Alicia Rojas, Socail Worker                                            

School Aides

Tammy Adams                                                              

Rosanne Antz                                                               

Leonora Cerckia                                                           

Custodial Department

Amin Quanungo, Custodial Engineer

Russell Como, Custodial Worker

Hulaschand Rampersaud, Custodial Worker

DIstrict 27 office of the superintendent

Congratulations to Mr. David Norment who is the Superintendent of District 27, effective July 1, 2022!

The website for District 27 can be found at:   Be sure to view the calendar for future family empowerment workshops and other events.                                                         

Main Office

82-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Suite 201,

Ozone Park, NY 11416

Telephone: (718) 642-5770

Fax: (718) 348-2994

By Appointment Only: or

Rockaway Family Empowerment Center 

By Appointment Only:

Telephone: (718) 642-5770

Fax: (718) 348-2994