Pre Kindergarten

Meet the Pre-K Team


Class PK 113

Jamie Gifkins

Jamie began teaching at P.S. 261 in 2002.  She has taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and now Pre-K!  She has a Bachelors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Dual Masters in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from NYU.  Jamie loves working at P.S. 261 because of the amazing colleagues, creative programs, and diversity that 261 has to offer. On her free time, Jamie loves to travel, cook and ride her bike.  She lives nearby with her husband and son, Owen. You might catch her at a neighborhood playground! [email protected]


Class PK 115

Yvonne Edwards

Yvonne, as she prefers to be called, has been at our school since 1996. Before this, she worked on Wall Street for 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, Master’s in Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership/School Administration, from Brooklyn College. Yvonne has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades, and she was the “Math Games” teacher specialist. Yvonne, who is from Panama, speaks Spanish fluently. She enjoys attending performing arts events, and she loves children, cakes, and flowers. [email protected]