3rd Grade TeacheRS

Name: Ms. Melissa Lopez


Position: ICT Teacher, 3-409


Hometown: I was born and raised in the Bronx. I now live in the Lower East Side within the STAR Academy neighborhood!


Education: Bachelor's degree in Childhood and Special Education from New York University. Master's degree in Educational Leadership: School Building Leader, also from NYU.



Years as an educator: 13


Why are you an educator? I want to help my students become active lifelong learners. We all have room to grow and there are always opportunities to become experts at any given topic. I encourage my students to ask questions and explore the world around them. This is what excites me most about teaching.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I admire that the STAR Academy community works together to meet the needs of students. We aim to provide students with a well-rounded education.


Life outside school:  I love spending time with my family! My husband and I enjoy staying active by exploring the city, working on martial arts training (still early in the process), and taking strolls around the neighborhood with our dog, Roxy.

Name: Ms. Kimberly Tucker


Position: ICT Teacher, 3-409


Hometown: I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and I now live in Astoria, Queens.


Education: Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Master’s degree in Language and Literacy from University of Missouri Kansas City.

Years as an educator: 8


Why are you an educator? I love helping students discover a true love and connection between reading and writing. I also value the relationships with my students, and how trust and vulnerability can create more enriching opportunities to learn and grow.

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? STAR Academy is a small, inclusive environment where authentic teaching and collaborating takes place. The families and the community are very welcoming!

Life outside school:  I love playing recreational sports, game nights, and exploring areas around New York. I also enjoy watching NBA and college basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk, go KU)!

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