Christin Raio

 3rd Grade Teacher, Class 301

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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.


Jaclyn Vives

 3rd Grade Teacher, Class 301


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.

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Lisa Barnes

3rd Grade Teacher, Class 302




 Elizabeth Guillermo

3rd Grade Dual Language Teacher, Class 303

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Sindy Griffin

 4th Grade Teacher, Class 401


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.


Maureen Bonura 

 4th Grade Teacher, Class 401

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Ketsara Chung

 4th Grade Teacher, Class 402

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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.


Patricia Mammon-Rodriguez

 4th Grade Dual Language Teacher, Class 403


Yvonne Berkel


4th Grade Teacher, Class 404 


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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 returning to fulltime 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. 


Lizette Colon

4th Grade Teacher, Class 460


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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.


Mayuri Modi

  5th Grade Teacher, Class 501


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.


Shaniqua Davis

5th Grade Teacher, Class 501


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.


Connor Kelly 

5th Grade Teacher, Class 501

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 Rachael Gomez

5th Grade Teacher, Class 502

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Jocelyn Castillo

5th Grade Dual Language Teacher, Class 503

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Hi! I am Ms. Castillo and I am the fifth-grade dual language teacher. Fifth grade is very interesting and fun. I believe that a good academic year requires a partnership between school and home. Therefor, it is very important that there is always communication between parents, student and teacher. I earned a Master's Degree in Childhood Education from Queens College. I am a mom, I have a 5 year old daughter - she just started Kindergarten. My family is from Ecuador. I was born in Manhattan & raised in Jackson Heights. I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending quality time with my loved ones. I love anything and everything Disney. 


Aisha Farooq

5th Grade Teacher, Class 560

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