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PareNT COordinator

Guidance Counselor

Name: Ms. Alice Saavedra


Position: Parent Coordinator


Hometown: I’m originally from Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. I am proud to say I’ve been a resident of the Lower East Side since 1975.


Education: University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez


Years in education: 26


Why are you an education? I am in education because of my children. Ever since I was a teenager, children followed me around. I have a natural talent for working with kids and people.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I believe it is the unique methods teachers use to help individual students.


Life outside school: My interests are my family. I love the beach and the sun. In the summer I’m at the beach at least 2 times a week.

Name: Ms. Jamie Goldstein


Position: Guidance Counselor


Hometown: I grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island, but now I live in Manhattan.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Elementary Education from University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Alfred University


Years as an educator: 15


Why are you an educator? I love kids. I want to develop and guide our future.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I think we have a strong community that is safe and supportive for everybody.  I think we go out of our way to support every type of learner to make them successful as students.


Life outside school: I love dancing and taking dance and other kinds of workout classes. I like to spend time with my friends and family. We do all kinds of activities, like bowling, seeing movies and exploring New York City.



English as a New Language

Name:  Mr. Martin Perl


Position: English as a New Language (ENL) and Reading Recovery teacher, Testing Coordinator


Hometown: Born in NYC and raised in New Jersey.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Penn State and Master’s Degrees in Media from The New School University and Education from Fordham University


Years as an educator: 19


Why are you an educator? I’m a teacher because it’s a joy to help students learn.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? Collegiality is one of our best qualities. We have a passionate staff that cares deeply about student success.


Life outside school: I love worldwide travel.



Name: Ms. Sarah Whitney


Position: School Nurse


Hometown: I was born in Alaska and grew up in Missouri. I now live all the way uptown in Manhattan.


Education: Bachelor’s Degrees in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and Nursing from Columbia University


Years in education: 8


Why are you in education? I love working with children. I’m passionate about keeping kids healthy and safe in school.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I feel like all the staff care about and love the kids.


Life outside school: I like travelling the world. I bike sometimes to work (13 miles each way). I read A LOT. And, I enjoy hiking.

School Secretary



Name: Ms. Felicita Carmona


Position: School Secretary


Hometown: I grew up in Little Italy and now I live on the Lower East Side.


Education: Pace University (3 years)


Years in education: 16


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities?  Because of the small size, people really know each other and the kids.  We are like a family that sometimes for the good of all we agree to disagree and get the job done. 


Life outside school: I’m the mother of two adult children, love dancing and if I could afford the fashionable clothing of the 1920’s era I would dress like that every day.