Name: Ms. Darlene Cameron
Hometown: I grew up in Queens Village and now I live in the East Village.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College in Religion and Master’s Degrees in Sociology from The University of Chicago Divinity School and in Special Education from Mercy College
Years as an educator: 24
Why are you an educator? It’s the only thing I’ve ever imagined doing since I was 5 years old. I used to set up my stuffed animals to play teacher.
What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? One of our best qualities is that we have kids from New York City. There’s nothing like a child from NYC. Our kids are funny, thoughtful and sweet.
Life outside school: I wish I had a life outside of school. I do like going to movies and out to eat. I like to cook and watch the Food Network.
Name: Ms. Jodi Friedman
Position: Assistant Principal
Hometown: I’m originally from Destrehan, Louisiana, and now I live in Manhattan.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Education from University of Southern California and Master’s Degrees in Childhood Education from Pace University and School District Leadership from Baruch College of the City University of NY
Years as an educator: 16
Why are you an educator? I’m in education because I love learning. I also love the spark when you have an “Aha!” moment. I love seeing kids and teachers get to that point. I think education is a very powerful thing and an agency for change.
What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I think one of the best qualities are the relationships among students, teachers and families. I think the way we provide an education and the way we provide the knowledge students need to succeed are important qualities. And, we also focus on the social-emotional skills needed to be successful.
Life outside school: I like spinning and dancing (I used to be a dance teacher). I love spending time with my nephews. And, I love, love, love planning New York City adventures and day trips.