Arabic at PS 261

We are thrilled about our partnership with the Qatar Foundation. They make it possible for us to offer Arabic language and culture enrichment to all of the children during their career at PS 261. Children are exposed to the language and culture through lessons in science and art.

Art and Arabic, Rita Lahoud [email protected]

Rita Lahoud


Rita is extremely excited about teaching Arabic language and culture at PS261! Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the Middle East, she is familiar with and bridges both cultures. Rita holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education from New York University. Rita has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings. She taught special education preschool for several years, was a bilingual Arabic Kindergarten Teacher at P.S. 185 in Bay Ridge and she also spent several years assessing Arabic speaking children for special education. When Rita is not teaching children at school or her own four children at home, she enjoys traveling, baking and biking!