PreK Teachers


Name: Ms. Stacey Guadalupe


Position: Teacher, PreK Team


Hometown: I grew up in Queens and I live now in New Jersey.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Queens College/CUNY and Master’s Degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education from Hunter College/CUNY


Years as an educator: 27


Why are you an educator? Teaching is a profession that nourishes you emotionally, intellectually and creatively. As an early childhood teacher I laugh and smile a lot (much more than the average New Yorker does at their job I bet).


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? The small school size fosters a familiarity and a network of support for students, families and staff, that I know sets us apart from other schools.


Life outside school: I love food, the arts, and travel (and I am fortunate that I have been able to visit more than 30 countries which has allowed me to indulge in all of this).

Name: Mrs. Jenny Gouker


Position: Teacher, PreK team & Music 


Hometown: I grew up in Baltimore, MD, and now I live in Brooklyn, NY.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Towson University in Maryland.  Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University.


Years as an educator: 10


Why are you an educator? I knew I wanted to be a music teacher in 3rd grade when my brother taught me how to play the trumpet.  I am passionate about teaching students to love the language of music and about how to use those skills to open the doors to creativity in their daily lives.


What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? The support for the arts through programs such as “Music and the Brain” and school-wide focus on character education.


Life outside school:  Outside of school you can find me at my husband’s jazz shows (he plays trumpet too) or escaping to nature either in a park, camping, or hiking.