Third Grade

Meet the 3rd-Grade Team


Class 3 310

Susan Berger

Hello. I have taught many grades for over twenty years. I have an 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. [email protected]


Class 3 315

Yvette Torres Schwartz & Nichole Dembert

This is Nichole’s seventh 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. [email protected]

Yvette Torres Schwartz


Class 3 413

Sarah Murphy

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, and I am excited to give back to my local community as I enter my second year at P.S. 261!  I taught first grade for two years in the Bronx, and I received a Masters in Curriculum Development from SUNY-Albany. I am passionate about inquiry-based learning across the content areas, as well as collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. I am a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and trained in techniques that promote student wellness.  I am looking forward to building a strong, third-grade classroom community that empowers learners to feel empowered each and every day in their social, emotional, and academic-based learning. Outside of teaching, I love reading, hiking, running, practicing yoga, and cooking. [email protected]


Class 3 414

Susie Weiss Ortiz

3rd Grade Supply List for Class 3-414

Susie began teaching in 2007 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She grew up in Brooklyn and attended PS 261. Susie has a Master’s degree in Museum Education and Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She is passionate about teaching social studies and believes that learning about the past will help our children be critical, reflective problem solvers. One of the most important aspects of teaching for Susie is the direct relationship between social/emotional learning and academic achievement. Building a safe and joyful space with her students is what Susie loves about teaching. During her free time she enjoys exploring the city, visiting museums, and traveling with her husband Omar, son Rio (who attends PS 261!) and daughter Flora. Susie is excited to return to third grade, which is the grade where she began her teaching career. [email protected]