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Guidance Counselor



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: 17


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: 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: 10


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:  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: 21


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.

PareNT COordinator



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