Kindergarten

Supply lists will be available from your classroom teacher in September.

Meet the Kindergarten Team

Class K 117

Mr. Cook

This is Mr. Cook’s fourth year teaching Kindergarten at P.S. 261 and 13th year teaching.  Mr. Cook has been teaching early childhood education for the past 10 years.  Mr. Cook has taught Pre-K in Washington Heights and in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  Mr. Cook received his Bachelors Degree from Hunter College in Elementary Education and History and his Master’s Degree from City College in Early Childhood Education.  Mr. Cook is passionate about social justice and has been a member of P.S. 261’s Equity team for the past 2 years helping lead staff development on LGBT and gender identity inclusion, racial justice, Islamophobia, and supporting refugee students and families. Mr. Cook speaks Spanish and English and loves to learn new words and phrases in different languages. Mr. Cook loves learning and teaching about science and animals. Mr. Cook enjoys many different types of music, dancing, traveling, and having fun! 
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Class K 119

Yasmine Altaheri

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. [email protected]


Class K 124

David Faitelson and Marisa DeChiara

David Faitelson

This is David’s 10th year teaching Kindergarten at PS 261. He received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo and holds Masters Degrees from both Queens College (Social Studies in Secondary Education) and Touro College (Childhood and Special Education). David loves to play gourmet chef in the kitchen for his wife and an amazing 12-year-old daughter. [email protected]

Marisa has taught in the early grades for 20+ years. She has also been a Reading Intervention Teacher and a Literacy Coach. She holds a Bachelor’s in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Her passions include traveling, reading, music, and art. [email protected]


Class K 212

Melissa Farran

This is Melissa Farran’s fourteenth year of teaching at PS 261 and her fifth year teaching kindergarten. She is a native Brooklynite who loves puppets, art, and theater.


Class K 213

Maria Lopez

This is Ms. Lopez’s third year at PS 261 and 16th year teaching. Ms. Lopez has taught PRE-K, K, 1, 2 and 5th grade. She was also a reading specialist for 2 years.  Ms. Lopez has taught in Brooklyn, the upper east side of Manhattan and at Willard Model Elementary in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her Bachelors Degree from Hunter College in psychology and English literature and a Masters Degree from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry in elementary education. Maria is a Brooklyn native, fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, concerts and cheering on the Brooklyn Nets! [email protected]


Class K 224

Patrick Fryman

Patrick is excited to be starting his 7th year of teaching Kindergarten at 261. He has taught third, first, kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, and physical education. Patrick holds a B.A and M.S in Organizational Communication and a B.A. and M.S. in Elementary education and teaching reading. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys Bikram yoga. traveling, reading and dining outdoors! [email protected]