Contact Us

PS 261 Phillip Livingston

314 Pacific Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tel: 718 330 9275

Fax: 718 875-9503


Administrative Team

Jackie Allen, Principal I. A.  jackie.allen@ps261brooklyn.org

Sara Apfel, Assistant Principal  sapfel@ps261brooklyn.org

Heather Weston, Parent Coordinator  hweston@ps261brooklyn.org

Osdilia Caban, Pupil Personel Secretary  osdilia.caban@ps261brooklyn.org

Barbara Steike, Payroll / Purchasing  bsteike@ps261brooklyn.org

Susan Machover, Bus Coordinator smachover@ps261brooklyn.org


Jackie Allen, Principal   jackie.allen@ps261brooklyn.org

Ms. Allen  first came to PS261 as a parent of Sasha & Julian during the late 80’s. Both her children graduated from PS261 and are now performing artists.  During that time she served as a Steering Committee co-chair and class parent to many PS261 classrooms. She later joined the staff as a classroom teacher. She has taught grades K-5 but her passion was the 4th grade. She taught at PS261 from 1992-2004. Ms. Allen then spent 4 years as a Literacy Coach at PS230 and the Hamilton Heights School, where she was responsible for implementing the school-wide literacy program along with providing instructional support to classroom teachers. Jackie has a BFA in Dance Performance from City College and an MS in Early Childhood from Bank Street College. She obtained her School Building Leader Certificate in Administration from The College of Saint Rose. She is a strong believer in building a community of lifelong learners where school is a place to stretch and become excited about each other’s growth as educators. She is a lover of the arts! She spends most of her spare time listening to live music or attending the Joyce Theater!

Sara Apfel, Assistant Principal  sapfel@ps261brooklyn.org

This is Sara’s 12th year at PS261. She received her Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s College, and her Masters in Literacy from NYU, as well as a Masters in Educational Administration from Brooklyn College. At PS261, she has been a student teacher, teacher, and now enjoys her role as Assistant Principal. As a former Special Education teacher, she is passionate about the rights and needs of all students. Sara enjoys visiting her childhood home in upstate New York with her husband Karl and two young children.

Parent Coordinator, Heather Weston

This is Heather’s 2nd year as Parent Coordinator at PS 261. Her daughter was a student here for 7 years. During that time she became a part of the 261 community as an active member of the PTA and SLT.  She became a Learning Leader and is now the Learning Leaders Coordinator. Heather was brought up in a Military family and spent most of her time growing up in California. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California as a photography major. Before deciding to try something new last year she was a professional photographer. Currently in addition to working for the DOE she works on special projects and is currently photographing and writing a book about Dogs living in New York City.

Pupil Personel Secretary, Osdilia Caban

Osdilia became a part of PS261 in 2007 as a Family Worker for the school’s Assessment Team. Born in Brooklyn, she moved to Puerto Rico with her family at the early age of seven. After graduating from high school, she went on to study at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico where she majored in Biology. After briefly attending college she moved back to New York in 2000 and has been here ever since. She is fluent in both English and Spanish which makes her a major asset to our community. Osdilia enjoys writing, spending time with her daughter Layla and her Pomeranian dog Precious.

Acounting & Payroll Secretary, Barbara Steike