1st Grade ICT & General Ed.

Name: Ms. Melissa (Mimi) Stein

Position: Teacher, 1st Grade Team, General Ed. 

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: 18


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.

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Name: Ms. Jennifer Lopez


Position: Teacher, 1st Grade Team, Special Ed.  


Hometown: I grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and lived in Washington, DC, for the last few years. Now I live in Yonkers.


Educatior: Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Education from Cornell University. My

Master’s degree is a dual degree in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education with a Bilingual

Extension for Spanish from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Years as an educator: 8


Why are you an educator? When I went to college, I started to notice there were not a lot of people that looked like me. I was different. I began to study the inequities within educational opportunities. I love supporting children and families not only in learning, but in advocating for change.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? It is incredible to be part of a warm and supportive community who loves what they do.


Life outside school: Outside of school I spend my time taking my 5-year-old Pitbull, named Malachite on adventures. We love going on hikes, being by the water, or just being outside in the sun. I also love yoga, finding tasty gluten-free recipes and traveling. Best of all, is hanging out with my family.


Name: Ms. Agnes (Aggie) Laird


Position: Teacher, 1st Grade Team, General Ed.


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: 24


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.