Second Grade

Meet the 2nd Grade Team

Chrissy Haynes

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As a Queens native Chrissy enjoys spending time at the beach near her home in the Rockaways, and taking local road trips with friends and family. Chrissy first received her Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College where she studied Biology. However, after volunteering with her families literacy program in the Caribbean Chrissy decided to pursue a career in education. Thereafter earning her masters degree in Early Childhood Education at New York University. When she is not working, Chrissy also enjoys painting, trying new and exciting foods, and most recently traveling and planning new places to visit.

Yasmine Altaheri

2 309 – Yasmine Altaheri [email protected]

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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.

Colleen Torres and Nickeisha Moore

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2 311 ICT Colleen Torres [email protected]

Colleen earned her Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, graduating from their Elementary Inclusion program. She holds her Masters in literacy from Hunter College.  She has been teaching in Brooklyn since 2004. Growing up in Connecticut, she always worked with children and knew that this was the profession for her. She lives in Brooklyn with her son, Vince and her husband, Freddie who is an Assistant Principal.  In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, going out to eat with her family, and taking her son to the park.

2 311 ICT Nickeisha Moore  [email protected]

This is my 2nd year at P.s. 261 and I’m excited to return. I truly enjoy the loving, warm, and kind atmosphere that surrounds this school. There is without a doubt a supportive environment that encourages me to be my very best. I have had opportunities with student teaching, substituting, and being a Reading Intervention Teacher at P.s. 261 Prior to my experiences at  P.s. 261 I’ve taught preschool for 3 years.


To share a few good words about me…. As I tell my students, I really enjoy “SLEEPING”. However, when I am not sleeping I enjoy teaching, learning, traveling or having any interactions to be introduced to a new culture or people. I graduate with a BA in psychology from Medgar Evers college additionally I furthered my studies at NYU where I obtained a MA in Early Childhood. I am certified to teach both General Education and Students with Disabilities.  Also, I believe it’s truly important to take everything one day at a time. I intend to enjoy, learn from, and be reflective as I continue to have a successful year!

2 315 ICT Nichole Dembert [email protected]Yvette Torres-Schwartz  

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This is Nichole’s sixth year at PS261. She loves watching children discover that there are no limits to their abilities; and that they can accomplish their goals. She enjoys traveling to different countries with her family.









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2 324 Miriam Figueroa

Ms Miriam started at PS261 in 1998. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College and her Master’s in Literacy from the College of St

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aten Island. She taught 1st grade for seven years and has worked as a 2nd grade reading intervention teacher. This is her third year as a 2nd grade teacher. Ms Miriam lives in Marine Park, Brooklyn. She has twin sons who attend PS261 and are now in 5th grade. Her hobbies are entertaining her sons, reading with them and spending time with her family.