First Grade


1st grade Supply List

Meet the 1st Grade Team

Yasmine Altaheri
1 208 Yasmine Altaheri [email protected] 

Yasmine has been teaching at PS 261 since 2008 and she loves teaching here! It is the elementary school she attended as a child and she gets to work alongside great co-workers.  Yasmine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with a concentration in Children’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) from Brooklyn College. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her boys, Dean, Zack, and Noah.



1 209 Nicole Eastzer

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Nicole Eastzer

Nicole is very excited to be joining the PS261 community. Prior to coming to 261, she taught in NYC public schools in East Harlem and on the LES. Her undergraduate degree is from NYU where she studied Early Childhood Education. Nicole has always been enthusiastic to collaborate with and learn from teachers, parents and especially from her students. She likes to be on the move and so she seeks out events such as outdoor movies and shows by local musicians. Nicole looks forward to both living and working in the same borough




Rebecca Austern and Stephanie Fiorey

1 210 ICT Rebecca Austern and Stephanie Fiorey

After years in private and D75 schools, this is Rebecca’s 6th year at PS261. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass, Amherst, and her Master’s degree in Childhood General and Special Education from Hunter College. When she is not working, Rebecca is usually taking care of her two young children.
She dreams of once again spending time watching and playing sports, hanging out with friends and family, and staying up past 9 pm!

Ms. Stephanie is excited to officially join the PS 261 community. She grew up in Queens and has recently moved into Brooklyn. She was a substitute teacher here last year and is now teaching after graduating with her Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College. Growing up the oldest in her family, Ms. Stephanie always knew she wanted to work with children. During her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading in the park, exploring the city to try new foods, and watching movies with her fur baby (a kitten), Luna!

Melissa Ledner

1 211 – Melissa Ledner  [email protected] 

This is Melissa’s fifth year at PS 261 and 16th year teaching. Melissa has been working in early education for 12 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Rutgers University. She was a Teaching Fellow and received her Masters from LIU. Melissa loves to dance, camp, travel to beautiful places, take photos and spend time with her family. She enjoys learning new things and hopes to pass her energy of being a lifelong learner to her students.







Alexandra Catanzaro Bisogno
Danielle Taylor Brocco











1 221 ICT Danielle Taylor Brocco and 

Alexandra Catanzaro-Bisogno  

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Ms. Danielle, who came to PS261 in 2002, has taught Kindergarten, Fourth Grade and Library. Ms. Danielle has a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Elementary Education from C.W. Post. Ms. Danielle lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons Liam and Ryan.  She enjoys traveling, yoga, reading a great book and spending time in Vermont.

Alexandra is one of PS261’s Special Education teachers. She has been teaching at the school since 1999 and is excited to teach 1st grade with Ms. Danielle. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has a Master’s in School Counseling.  Alexandra values her students’ unique talents and the strengths each child brings to the classroom community. She appreciates parent involvement and welcomes them in the classroom.  Alexandra lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her Kindergartner, and her energetic toddler.