Third Grade

Meet the 3rd Grade Team

Susan Berger


3 310  Susan Berger [email protected] 

Hello. I have taught many grades over twenty years. I have MS in Special Education from Bank Street and earned National Board certification as an Early Childhood generalist, but I still learn a lot every year about how to teach school. I am returning to third grade which I loved teaching for 8 years at my previous school. I appreciate how children in this grade can handle so much content and are still so sweet. In my spare time I like to sit around Brooklyn and see all of the people who live here.



Lindsay Frey and Clarisse Gallaher

3 313 ICT Lindsay Frey [email protected] 

3 313 ICT Clarisse Gallaher [email protected] 

Ms. Lindsay taught Special Education (grades 3-5) in NYC’s District 75 for six years before joining PS261’s community in 2012.  She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Ithaca College, and a Master’s in Education from Pace University.  Ms. Lindsay views education as an opportunity to help young people develop problem solving skills, confidence, and excitement for their academics and social interactions.  She takes advantage of school holidays to travel and stays active with long-distance running, playing soccer, and practicing yoga.  A native to Minnesota, Ms. Lindsay has lived in Cobble Hill for over 10 years.

Clarisse first came to PS261 in the spring of 2012 to observe math instruction and knew right away that this was where she wanted to teach. She came back the following fall as a student teacher.  She is excited to be a part of the PS261 community, and to be working with the third grade team! In her free time Clarisse enjoys reading nonfiction, sewing and spending time with her family and friends.



Megan Kane

3 314 – Megan Kane [email protected] 

Ms Megan received her Bachelor’s in Visual Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She grew up in Brooklyn and lives in Queens. Ms Megan has also taught art in after school and weekend programs. She has been at PS261 since 2005.







Marie Hoffman

3 319  Marie Hoffman [email protected]

This is Ms. Marie’s third year at PS 261, and she couldn’t be more excited about teaching another year of third grade at this amazing school. Marie earned a master’s Degree in elementary education from Hunter College, and has taught for 17 years in New York City public schools. In her free time, she loves to write, travel and spend time with family and friends.


David Faitelson



3 319  David Faitelson

This is David’s 9th year teaching Kindergarten at PS261. 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 amazing 11 year old daughter.


Rita Perez

 3 413  Rita Perez [email protected]

Ms Rita started as a former student of PS261. She returned in 2007 as a PTA after school counselor and continued working there throughout the years. In 2012, she became an after school teacher holding her famous mad science class as well as an archaeology class. In addition to those she has taught various arts & craft classes as well as cooking classes. In the spring of 2013, Ms Rita became a substitute teacher and has subbed numerous times within the walls of PS261. Ms Rita lives on Staten Island and attends the College of Staten Island as a full time grad student. She holds a bachelors in Childhood Education 1-6 and is currently working on her masters in special education so that she can become a better, well rounded educator to meet the needs of all her students. She is very excited to begin her teaching career in the same place her own education started as a student. PS261 is like a second home and she can not wait to see what this school year will bring.