Kindergarten

Meet the Kindergarten Team


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K 117 Francis Cook  fcook@ps261brooklyn.org

This is Mr. Cook’s first year at P.S. 261 and 10th 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 Masters Degree from City College in Early Childhood Education.  Mr. Cook speaks Spanish.  Mr. Cook loves learning and teaching about Science and animals.  Mr. Cook enjoys music, dancing, traveling, and having fun!


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K 124 ICT Robyn Taragan  k124teachers@gmail.com
K 124 ICT  Mariel Casey
Robyn Taragan
This is Ms. Robyn’s 12th year at PS 261.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors in Child and Family Studies.  Then, straight from there she went to grad school at New York University where she got her Dual Certification in Childhood and Special Education along with an Early Childhood certificate.  Ms. Robyn grew up on Long Island, but currently lives in Manhattan. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new sites, reading, and spending time with friends and family! She is happy to be a part of the PS 261 community!
Mariel Casey
Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Mariel attended Brooklyn Public schools from Elementary through High School.  She is very excited to be in her fifth year at PS 261. She studied Early Childhood Urban Education at LIU, Brooklyn Campus, and has her Special Education Extension Certification through the College of St. Rose.  Mariel is also a fully certified Pilates Instructor with credentials in pre and post natal. Mariel now lives in Bay Ridge with her husband Chad, their daughter Edie, and dog Sophie.

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K 212 Melissa Farran  melissafarran@ps261brooklyn.org 

This is Melissa Farran’s eleventh year of teaching at PS 261 and her second year teaching kindergarten. She is a native Brooklynite who loves going to museums, seeing plays and rooting for the Brooklyn Nets.


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K 213  Maria Lopez mlopez@ps261brooklyn.org

This is Ms. Lopez’s  second 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!


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K 224 Patrick Fryman patrick.fryman@ps261brooklyn.org 

Patrick is excited to be starting his fourth year of teaching Kindergarten at PS261. 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!