Third Grade


2018_3rd Grade_Supplies

Meet the 3rd Grade Team

Susan Berger


3 310  Susan Berger [email protected] 

Hello. I have taught many grades for 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 in 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.



3 315 ICT Nicole Dembert 

3 315 ICT Yvette Torres-Schwartz 


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.