Fourth Grade

Thank you to all who donated to the supply fund for 4th grade!

Meet the 4th-Grade Team

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Nadya Robinson, Stacy Froneberger

Stacy began teaching in 2002 in New York City. She grew up in South Carolina with parents of Brooklyn pedigree. When she graduated from the University of South Carolina, she moved to NYC. After a year of working in the fashion industry (in publicity, not fashion) she went and received her Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. She student taught at PS 321 and taught at PS 94 in Sunset Park. She has been at PS 261 since 2007.

Nadya Robinson (not her real name) is a retired international spy code-named Yellow Number 2. Her team thwarted such evil masterminds as the Russian principal spy ring known as operation LEARN. She teaches 4th grade and lives in an undisclosed location. While occasionally indulging in international intrigue, she focuses on molding young minds and preparing students for 5th grade.

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Rita Perez, Colleen Torres

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Ms. Scarborough came to PS261 in 2006. Born and raised in Long Island, NY she spent 10 years teaching in Florida before moving back to NY and settling in Brooklyn. In her years at PS 261, she has taught both third and fourth grade and one year as the school’s art teacher. Ms. Scarborough thinks that the kids, the parent community, and the shared learning experiences are exceptional at PS 261. She teaches her students the importance of building community and empathy for others and sharing and defending our thinking in the pursuit of growing as an individual and helping our world. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCF and a Master’s in Teaching from Rollins College.  She enjoys traveling with her daughter to other countries, seeking remote and rural destinations. She just returned from the Shetland Islands in Scotland bird watching, whale watching, and getting face to face with seals!  She also enjoys papier-mache, science fiction (big Star Trek fan), photography, and is a huge admirer of dogs and beavers.

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Jillian Carvalho

Ms. Jillian was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Boston to study and work in documentary filmmaking. Upon moving to New York and continuing to pursue film, Jillian realized that she didn’t want to promote social change through the lens of a camera, but to empower students to tell their own stories and realize their own abilities to influence their communities for the better. Jillian completed her Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and continues to be a learner and a critical thinker alongside her students. [email protected]

Rebecca graduated from UMass, Amherst with a degree in Social Thought and Political Economy. A few years into nonprofit work, Rebecca decided that helping to educate kids was the path she wanted, and returned to school for a Master’s in Special and General education.  After some time in D75 schools, Rebecca is in her 7th year at 261, and couldn’t be happier to be here! When she’s not pushing her students to challenge, create, change and push themselves, their peers and their world, she’s generally wrangling her two small kids. 

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Lindsey Sproul

Lindsey loves being a part of the wonderful PS 261 community. She received her Master’s in Childhood Education from Hunter College, and previously taught at PS 139 in Brooklyn. Lindsey is also a theater educator and directs for Piper Theatre Productions’ summer youth workshops. Prior to teaching, she worked as a writer and editor. As a teacher, Lindsey is passionate about helping children expand their critical thinking skills and explore issues of equity and social action. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, twin daughters, and two lazy tabby cats. [email protected]