Second Grade

See below for the individual class supply list. If not available use the general 2nd-grade supply list.


Meet the 2nd-Grade Team


Class 2 308


Tara McHugh

Class Supply for 2 308

Tara McHugh has been an elementary educator for 14 years.  She has taught every grade from kindergarten to fifth, though she has a special place in her heart for second grade.  Following graduation from Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Tara taught at PS 272 in Canarsie, Brooklyn for four years. That experience guided her in pursuing a master’s degree in TESOL from Teachers College, Colombia University. During her field study in graduate school she worked at Hamilton Heights School; where she then taught second and third grade for two years before teaching overseas in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Tara continues to grow and learn with the PS261 community and feels overjoyed to work with such a passionate and smart group of educators. Her free time is filled with family/friend love, outdoor activities, and soaking in the abundant culture and art throughout the city. In a world without tennis hour regulations and annual fees, one would catch her playing tennis most days after school. Instead, you might see her bopping around town or playing with her nieces in Prospect Park.


Class 2 309

Mariel Casey

After a wonderful summer with her family, Ms. Mariel is excited to be returning for her 7th year at PS 261!  Ms. Mariel holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from LIU.

A native Brooklynite who now lives in Bay Ridge with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Ms. Mariel spends most of her time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, being outdoors and reading!

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Class 2 311

Nickeisha Moore

This is Nickeisha’s 5th year at 261. She enjoys the supportive atmosphere of this school. She has a Bachelors’s degree in Psychology from Medgar Evers College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from New York University. She believes it’s truly important to take everything one day at a time; living in the moment then leaving the room to reflect and make any necessary adjustments.

When Nickeisha is not teaching she enjoys resting, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to experience new adventures.

Alexandra Catanzaro Bisogno

Alexandra is one of PS261’s Special Education teachers. She has been teaching at the school since 1999 and is excited to teach 1st grade with Ms. Danielle. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has a Master’s in School Counseling.  Alexandra values her students’ unique talents and the strengths each child brings to the classroom community. She appreciates parent involvement and welcomes them in the classroom.  Alexandra lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her Kindergartner, and her energetic toddler.


Class 2 313

Lindsay Frey, Clarisse Gallaher

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This is Lindsay and Clarisse’s sixth year teaching ICT together.  After five years of working with third graders, they are taking their values of “Team Peace” to second grade.  They believe strongly in nurturing a classroom environment rooted in empathy where students develop a sense of confidence and commitment to the community.  By chance, Lindsay and Clarisse both grew up in Minnesota.  Both enjoy spending time in nature.  Lindsay takes advantage of school holidays to travel and stays active with long-distance running, playing soccer, and practicing yoga.  Clarisse loves art, everything Marvel, and spending time with her toddler.


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Miriam Figueroa

Ms. Miriam started at PS261 in 1998. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College and her Master’s in Literacy from the College of Staten Island. She taught 1st grade for seven years and has worked as a 2nd-grade reading intervention teacher. This is her third year as a 2nd-grade teacher. Ms. Miriam lives in Marine Park, Brooklyn. She has twin sons who attend PS261 and are now in 5th grade. Her hobbies are entertaining her sons, reading with them and spending time with her family. [email protected]