Meet Admin

Erica Davis, Principal, I.A.  [email protected]

Sara Apfel, Assistant Principal  [email protected]

Alex Messer, Assistant Principal  [email protected]

Heather Weston, Parent Coordinator  [email protected]

Osdilia Caban, Pupil Personnel Secretary  [email protected]

Barbara Steike, Payroll / Purchasing  [email protected]

Susan Machover, Bus Coordinator [email protected]

Sara Apfel, Assistant Principal   [email protected]

This is Sara’s 12th year at PS261. She received her Bachelor’s 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 PS 261, 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.

Alex Messer, Assistant Principal  [email protected]

Alex entered teaching via the NYC Teaching Fellows in 2004. He spent his first five years teaching for a Title I Elementary school, and from there moved to PS 321. At 321, Alex worked as a classroom teacher and also partnered with Metamorphosis, the Reading & Writing Project and the Math Collective to spearhead Professional Development work surrounding conferring, curricular development, and technology. Alex then moved into the role of Math Coach, where he has worked for the past 2 years to help expand the school’s adoption of the ENGAGE curriculum, differentiated games and centers, and use of technology in math instruction – which included the creation of the math community website, As Math Coach, Alex also taught in both upper and lower grade classrooms, collaborating with teachers to try to tease out those “aha” moments of joy in learning for students. Alex received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU, his Masters in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College, and his School Building Leadership Certificate in Administration from Baruch College. He is a lover of great movies and great food. And above all – in his work inside and outside the classroom – an advocate for those “aha” moments of inquiry and discovery… and championing the ideas, the systems, and the practice that help them happen as much and as often as possible.