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1st Grade TeacheRS

Name: Ms. Melissa (Mimi) Stein

Position: ICT Teacher, 1-401

Hometown: I grew up in Chappaqua in Westchester but now my family and I live in Brooklyn.

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Wheaton College and Master’s Degree in Special and General Education, birth through 2nd grade, from Fordham University

 

Years as an educator: 17

 

Why are you an educator? I’m passionate about teaching kids how to read and write. And, I love to watch them grow.

 

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? At STAR Academy kids are very eager to learn. The parents are really supportive of the teachers.

 

Life outside school: My husband and I have a baby at home. We love taking him to new restaurants and teaching him new activities.

Name: Ms. Lauren Isaacs

Position: ICT Teacher, 1-401

Hometown:  I grew up in Brooklyn. Now I live in Brooklyn and I plan to stay in Brooklyn!               

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College   and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Urban Education from Long Island University.

 

Years as an educator: 7

 

Why are you an educator? I love children and enjoy watching them learn, master and apply new concepts. There is something especially fascinating and rewarding about teaching the first grade because that’s where many students take off reading.

 

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? At STAR Academy the school culture feels like a family. Most students are friends and are always ready to help one another. The staff collaborates to ensure the success of each student. There is a genuine feeling of love at STAR Academy.

 

Life outside school: I enjoy traveling, going to the beach, reading, roller blading, biking and dancing. I find something naturally calming about the ocean so I spend lots of time on the beach.  

 

 

 

Name: Ms. Agnes (Aggie) Laird

 

Position: Teacher, 1-405

 

Hometown: I grew up in St. Louis, MO. Now I live in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Illinois at Chicago and Master’s Degree in Literacy from Brooklyn College.

 

Years as an educator: 23

 

Why are you an educator? As a kid I loved to play school with my siblings and I come from a long line of educators in my family. I was destined to be a teacher!

 

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? STAR Academy is a small school that is like a family. I am so impressed with the staff and the families and how welcoming and supportive they are to everyone.

 

Life outside school: I enjoy reading and going for long runs (I ran the NYC and Chicago marathons). I love spending time with my family (my husband, 2 daughters, dog, cat and hamster) and traveling.