Our Staff Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility


The 30th Avenue School (Q300) staff is commited to the school's core values of Inclusion, Inquiry, and Responsiblity

Inclusion - We get to know all of our students and their families on a personal level and are committed to meeting our students' needs.

Inquiry - We are thoughtful, reflective planners and instructors who learn from research, our students and data.

Responsibility - We tirelessly collaborate with our colleagues to produce and implement effective, engaging learning experiences.

BillVasilios Biniaris 
Principal
Inclusion
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John’s University, Master of Science in Adolescence Education from Mercy College and an Advanced Certificate in School and District Leadership from CUNY’s Hunter College. After working as an internal auditor for several years, Bill became a teacher in order to fulfill his life-long passion for sharing knowledge and shaping the lives of young people. His journey eventually took him through the halls of the Academy for the Intellectually Gifted at PS 122 where his current love for gifted education was cultivated and reinforced by others.  He strongly feels that all children possess unique gifts and that a highly effective school strives to discover those gifts, helps students recognize and actualize them, and sets them off on life long adventures that will always preserve the spark for a love of learning.

Inquiry
In addition to his many other passions, Bill has always loved hiking and cycling.  He also enjoys learning about the mysterious ways that different living things interact with each other.  He has hiked the Grand Canyon twice, the Vikos Gorge in northern Greece, several trails in Cappadocia, Turkey, and has unsuccessfully tried to summit Mt. Washington, in February, on several occasions. He hopes to hike the entire Appalachian Trail someday.  One of his favorite books is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

Responsibility
With a couple of brief exceptions, Bill has lived in Astoria his entire life.  He is the product of local public schools and is committed to paying forward the special gift his teachers gave him as a young boy and man.   Bill knows that he can play a small role in shaping the world by ensuring that highly able students are exposed to a unique learning environment where both their hearts and minds are challenged. 


AlexAlex Lunz
Grade One

Inclusion
Alex Lunz has a degree in Environmental Science from University of Buffalo. After graduating, Alex did a little traveling around the U.S. visiting many national parks. Soon after, he returned to the University of Buffalo to get his MS Ed. Alex became an educator because he strongly believes in social justice and in empowering students to bring about change. He feels teachers need to make children feel like they are part of a community where they can actively pursue their interests to bring about positive change in the world.

Inquiry
Alex is interested in the creative arts. He feels that the arts allows us the opportunity to learn from other cultures and individuals from different walks of life. Alex has explored the arts in different ways. As a child, he played the trumpet in band. As an adult, he taught himself how to play the guitar and the piano. Nowadays, he spends his time writing short stories and collaborating with his writing group. Alex finds inspiration from master storytellers such as George Saunders and Kurt Vonnegut.

Responsibility
Alex went to school at William Floyd Elementary School in Shirley, New York. He also attended William Floyd High School. His favorite subject was math because it provided tools and strategies to solve practical problems. In Elementary and High School, Alex participated in chorus and band. This helped him to see the different cultural expressions that were evident in the music. He also was involved with set construction for plays where he was able to collaborate with his peers and make those connections to the stories being told through the actors and the set.


CristinaCristina Baron
Grade One

Inclusion
Cristina has a degree in Government and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College. She has also earned her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law. While in law school, Cristina became interested in working with students while completing a project in which she taught students lessons on domestic violence. After law school, Cristina returned to New York where she became a NYC Teaching Fellow and earned her M. Ed. from City College. Cristina is a dedicated life-long learner and hopes to develop that practice in her students.

Inquiry
Cristina was very inquisitive as a child. She always had lots of questions which led her mother to buy Cristina her very own book of questions and answers so she could learn to answer her own questions. Her inquisitive nature continues to this day. Cristina constantly seeks out answers to the questions she has about the world by any means necessary including books, personal interviews and, of course, digital resources. She uses her personal research to help her find meaning and connections to the world around her.

Responsibility
Cristina went to elementary school at St. Teresa’s in Woodside and attended high school at St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan. Her favorite subjects in school were English and Social Studies. As a student, she was drawn to romantic stories and an author’s use of language. Cristina’s high school offered Culture Day once a month which gave her the opportunity to explore many of NYC’s cultural offerings throughout the boroughs. This experience gave her a great appreciation for the diversity of her city.


EdwinEdwin Mora
ES ENL & Spanish

Inclusion
Edwin graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Business Management. He received a Masters Degree from Queens College where he became a certified teacher in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Edwin became a teacher because he wanted to work with children and enjoys guiding and inspiring others. As a teacher Edwin discovers more about himself and others fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity. Edwin is interested in playing sports such as soccer, tennis, hockey and baseball. He has played on many different sports teams throughout his life and discovered the value of working on a team. Edwin understands that as a team more can be accomplished then when working individually.

Inquiry
Edwin’s interest in travel has inspired him to learn more about different cultures from around the world. As a young child his parents would take him traveling to different places, carrying on a tradition that they started before he was born. Edwin soon discovered that it doesn’t matter how many places someone visits, there is always a new to place to travel and learn about.

Responsibility
Edwin attended Glen Head Elementary School and North Shore Middle School. Edwin’s favorite school subject was mathematics. He always enjoyed manipulating and working with numbers. When Edwin was in school he participated in a project about the famous mathematician Fibonacci. After sharing with his classmates Fibonacci’s discovery concerning patterns and numbers, Edwin came to the realization that the world was full of patterns and sequences that can help with learning.


pacuraAnna Pacura
MS Mathematics

Inclusion
Anna has a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University, a Master's of Science for Teachers (MST) from Pace University, and a Master's of Science in Education (MSED) from Bank Street College of Education. She became a teacher after applying to the NYC Teaching Fellows after college and became certified in 7-12 grade mathematics.  She became an educator because she considers herself a life-long learner and wants to develop that practice in her students.   

Inquiry
Studying mathematics has always been something that Anna had to work hard on. She enjoys working on puzzles and looking for patterns. She feels math is all about exploring those relationships.  She also loves the connection between math and science. She loves to ask questions and loves when her students share their math questions with her and each other; because everything we know about mathematics started with somebody asking a question.      

Responsibility
Anna is an Astoria native and she attended Most Precious Blood, which has now closed but was located just a few blocks away from Q300.  Her favorite subjects in school were mathematics and social studies because she liked the challenge of her math classes and loved learning about US history. She volunteers with NY Cares in her community; and especially loves projects that involve helping animals. She is looking forward to working with her students this year on community service projects that will help the community and everyone in it. She believes that no act of kindness is too small. 


Corey Marx
MS Social Studies

Inclusion
Corey graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in History Education and a minor in Spanish.  In the early stages of his teaching career, Corey earned his Master’s degree in history from Queens College, while working as a teacher at Roslyn High School on Long Island.  He wholeheartedly believes that crafting a classroom community, which fosters the needs and interests of all students is one of a teacher’s most important jobs.  Corey strives to create the best classroom experience possible for his students by challenging them on a consistent basis, as he recognizes teaching to be a true privilege.

Inquiry
Furthermore, Corey actively enables students to ponder the world in which they live.  He feels that a large part of being an effective educator is making instruction reflect upon current events and relevant to the lives of his students.  Corey has routinely used Socratic Seminars, role plays and debates in order to engage students in substantive class discussion, so that they may consider the more philosophical aspects of history.  In addition, Corey proudly served as Roslyn High School’s Mock Trial teacher-advisor and helped students to gain confidence in their public-speaking and improvisational skills.  During the summer months, Corey works as a Teen Travel Counselor and loves to meet people from around the United States and world.  He feels it is very important to read and learn about the history, culture and cuisine of others.     

Responsibility
Corey views teaching as a unique opportunity, and that it is paramount to inspire students to be responsible citizens who value the views of their peers.  He feels that it is vital for teachers to convey to students that their opinion matters and that they are capable of shaping their own futures and the globe.  Corey looks forward to helping students to become culturally aware and appreciate the diversity of New York City’s population.


aliAli Lisberger
ES Computer Science

Inclusion
Alison attended St. Joseph’s College where she earned her BA in Child’s Study. She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at LIU. Alison grew up in a large family and always knew she wanted to be an educator. As a child, she discovered her natural talent as a teacher by playing school with her three sisters. Alison is in the process of fulfilling her lifelong dream is to travel to each of the seven continents. She currently has four more continents to explore!

Inquiry
Alison is an avid traveler. Living in New York City has inspired her to learn about unique cultures and people. She is intrigued by human behaviors, including subway etiquette, random acts of kindness, and has an appreciation of small gestures. Alison has encountered people all over the world who are good natured.

Responsibility
Alison attended East Setauket Elementary School and Gelinas Middle School on Long Island, where she enjoyed studying social studies. She loved reading about places she had been to and discovering new countries to add to her list of places to visit. Alison and her family often volunteered together at Habitat for Humanity and soup kitchens in their neighborhood. These experiences have allowed her to share the power of community, help, and support within her classroom.


Kathleen Connor
MS Special Education

Inclusion
Kathleen earned her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre at Florida State University and her Masters of Arts in Inclusive Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She became an educator after several years of working in the performing arts because many of her jobs in theatre included education and working with young people. Kathleen found that she preferred education to working in theatre. She chose inclusive education because she believes that students with special needs should be included with their typically developing peers. Kathleen is interested in special needs rights and art because she has special needs and she loves using the arts and education to help close the opportunity gap for people with special needs.

Inquiry
Kathleen is very interested in cultures that are different from my own. This has led her to live in New York, to travel all over the world, and to try a lot of really interesting food. She will eat almost anything! Kathleen grew up in a different place from where she was born and always felt like she was from somewhere else; and this drove her desire to see other things. She keeps learning that it's important to get others' perspectives on the world: whether that is current events, music or a new recipe; you'll always gain something better than you expected by simply listening to other people.

Responsibility
Kathleen attended Martin Middle School in Raleigh, NC. In middle school, her favorite subject was drama. Martin was an arts-focused middle school and had a class called "Drama Production," which produced a traveling play that was geared toward young audiences. The class travelled all over Raleigh and performed for local pre-schools and elementary schools. Kathleen believes that a lot of the students they performed for were seeing theatre for the first time; and she hopes this improved their schools and communities. In high school, Kathleen also used the arts as community service by working backstage with a youth club of people with disabilities who created a production every year. It turned out that a lot of the youth involved actually went to her high school too, but she had never met them. The school improved because they built relationships with a group of students that had been isolated, and it probably set up the course of the rest of Kathleen's life, for which she is grateful.


Jamie Seidenberg
Kindergarten

Inclusion:
Jamie attended New York University and completed a double major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health studies and a concentration in psychology. Jamie attended Teachers College at Columbia University to pursue a Master's degree in literacy. She has a passion for learning, which is reflected both in teaching her children, and by continuing her education and participating in professional learning. She has worked with students who have varying backgrounds, needs, passions, and interests. Jamie is dedicated to instilling the same love of learning she values in her students and classroom.

Inquiry: 
Growing up, Jamie was always curious about how people learned, and what supported different learners. In her career, Jamie has continued her professional growth by collaborating with fellow colleagues in book clubs, participating in inquiry cycles, and pursuing continuing education programs to seek out research that supports how students learn differently. Jamie is constantly finding new surprises by her students and school each day, and uses her noticings, research, and reflections to continuously update her thinking and views of what children need to succeed.

Responsibility:
Jamie attended Dorchester Elementary School in New Jersey before attending Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, New Jersey. As a kindergartener, Jamie recalls memories of vivaciously making books with Mr. Sketch markers to read to the other classes, and always offering to help the teacher. In high school, Jamie participated in a family living program to help support the development of early childhood students. Jamie was drawn to teaching because she saw the need of supporting both a child's academic learning, but also their social emotional growth as well.


Stephanie Praimnath
Grade 2

Inclusion:
Stephanie attended St. Francis College in iconic Brooklyn Heights for her Undergraduate studies in Childhood Education with a concentration in English. In addition, Stephanie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology at SUNY Albany. From youth her interest for teaching children stemmed from when she baby sat her sibling and cousins, conducting a class during play time and assigning homework to reiterate her lessons! Her imagination is limitless in creating the perfect classroom setting tailoring each individual student needs to allow them to accelerate at their natural pace. This is proven from her experience teaching in an ICT classroom in an urban centric area in Brooklyn. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading and edifying herself on how to become a better teacher, for teaching is not a job its a profession and lifestyle where every opportunity from shopping for groceries to driving errands are seen as opportunities to explore and make the most out of your surroundings.

Inquiry: 
Stephanie’s passion is traveling and learning about new cultures. At least twice a year she travels abroad to countries, pursing a brand new experience and having an open mind each trip. By exposing oneself to different cultures and sharing conversation over meals, she is able to understand the sensitivities of how different people groups view culture. She’s grateful for an opportunity to teach in Queens; which is a melting pot of culture and gives root to more opportunities to learn more about: each student, their background, and what they want most out of class. 

Responsibility:
With a passion to teach and a heart for children, Stephanie never takes a day for granted. Every child can be the next astronaut, preacher, engineer, scientist or social advocate. No dream for a child is far fetched, and it is her fiduciary responsibility in helping her students accomplish any dream that their hearts desire. 


Sarah Duer
Grade 2

Inclusion
Sarah attended Occidental College in Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs. She completed her Master’s degree at Columbia University in Childhood Studies with an extension in Gifted and Talented. Sarah loves learning and hopes to instill that in her students.

Inquiry
Sarah grew up in New Jersey and has always been fascinated by skyscrapers. During frequent visits to New York City with her family, she gained an interest in architecture and continues to marvel at the variety of styles and ways in which buildings are built to withstand storms and strong winds.

Responsibility
Sarah went to Bethel Elementary School in southern New Jersey, and during her middle school career she attended John Adams Middle School in Edison, New Jersey. Her favorite subject was reading and she particularly enjoyed series books and discussing them with friends and family.  


ScottScott Waldman
MS Computer Science

Inclusion
Scott Waldman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from SUNY New Paltz. He completed his Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology for Educators at New York Institute of Technology. He became a teacher because he is a lifelong learner. He values education and learning new things because it helps him to appreciate the world around him. He would like to encourage all of his students to have a similar appreciation for the world around them and for learning throughout their lives. It is for this reason that he enjoys reading the New York Times since it appraises him on the current events in the economy, science and technology.

Inquiry
Scott is very interested in the field of technology. After he received his degree in Instructional Technology for Educators, he still had the desire to learn more. His desire inspired him to buy how-to books on different software and computer programming applications. He wanted to develop his own website and learn how to program. He taught himself these skills and built his own website in his spare time. Scott truly believes that knowledge is attainable for all of us. Anyone can become an expert in their field of interest and nothing should hold them back.

Responsibility
Scott attended Woodstock Elementary School and then Onteora Junior-Senior High School in Woodstock, New York. In elementary school he enjoyed science. More specifically, he took an interest in learning about weather reporting, different cloud formations and weather forecasting. Another fond memory he has about elementary school is working with Mr. Blackman repairing furniture around the school. He enjoyed being a part of a team that was responsible for a special assignment that had a chance to give back to the school.


Brooke Goldfeder
Kindergarten

Inclusion
Brooke earned her undergraduate degree in Childhood Education with a specialization in literature from a five year program at the University of Florida. She also attended Touro College to earn an extension degree in special education. Brooke’s first grade teacher inspired her to become an educator. In her childhood years, Brooke could be found teaching her dolls and stuffed animals and even assigning them homework! Brooke is an avid reader of nonfiction and fiction books, and she especially enjoys books that integrate her interests of yoga, exercise, and education.

Inquiry
One interest that continues to inspire Brooke is yoga. She found that it has become a lifestyle for her; and she was motivated to transfer her learning about yoga to her classroom. After applying for a grant to fund yoga mats and music, Brooke found that her students came to enjoy yoga as much as she does. The yoga practice helped the students to channel their energy to their work and to reflect on positive thoughts.

Responsibility
Brooke attended Plainview Old Bethpage Grade School and Mattlin Middle School in Long Island. Her favorite subject was writing, and she always had a journal close-by to record her latest adventures. Brooke also enjoys writing fiction stories. When Brooke was in first grade, she collaborated with her classmates to write, practice, and perform a play. She was proud to share her hard work and demonstrate her creativity.


ToniAnne Campuzano
Physical Education/Health

Inclusion
ToniAnne attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn where she received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. While at St. Francis she played softball and golf for the Terriers. She then went on to Adelphi University where she earned her Master’s in Adapted Physical Education. Growing up she always admired her coaches and their ability to work with all athletes, no matter the skill level, and build them into high performing players. This is what led her to wanting to become a teacher.

Inquiry
Growing up, sports was an integral part of ToniAnne’s family life. Following in her older brother and sister’s footsteps ToniAnne quickly loved being part of a team. She enjoys the competitive nature of sports and truly believes anything learned on the playing field, such as dedication, camaraderie, loyalty, teamwork, the exhilaration of the win and the disappointment of the loss can translate into everyone’s daily life. The most important lesson ToniAnne learned early on was the importance of showing up and being part of something much larger than just yourself.

Responsibility
ToniAnne went to Holy Child Jesus School in Queens, New York during her elementary and middle school career. She was a very quiet student but she excelled in the gym. ToniAnne would never raise her hand in class or volunteer in class. When called upon for an answer or a read aloud, the teacher would always have to ask her to speak louder or look to her neighbor to help communicate her answer. Unlike in the classroom, in the gym, ToniAnne was quick to participate and even help her fellow classmates during activities.


Elijah Cho
MS Social Studies

Inclusion
Elijah graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelors in American Studies and a minor in Legal Studies. He joined the debate team in the middle of his junior year, and by the time he completed his first full year of debate, he had qualified and competed in the Nationals Championship Tournament. Elijah has also completed his Masters of Teaching Social Studies 7-12 through Teachers College, Columbia University. 

 Inquiry
Elijah had originally planned on attending law school after graduating from Brandeis University. The interaction between law and the shaping of society, and the converse relationship of society shaping law fascinated him. But his experience studying international criminal law abroad in The Hague, Netherlands made him realize that as great as the idea of “justice” was, if these lofty theories did not actually help people in their day to day lives, then it was not worth very much. Elijah still studies these relationships between law and society and has found great pleasure in teaching them through Social Studies in his classroom. 

Responsibility 
Elijah joined the AmeriCorps program, City Year, soon after graduating from Brandeis University and deciding not to attend law school. He worked in a public school in a high-need community and served 4th graders in East Harlem. He concluded that if justice was giving people what they were due, then serving those in need through teaching could be a more fulfilling pursuit of justice than practicing law. But he has found that justice does not end with the underprivileged. It can also be realized in the raising of future leaders, students who learn about our country and the ideals of justice, who can then go on and shape this nation in the future. 


Laura Parris
MS Literature

Inclusion
Laura Parris has a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing and double minored in philosophy and Jewish studies. She then went on to obtain her Master of Arts in the Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, New York. Laura’s dream of wanting to be a teacher began in the fourth grade because she loved learning and never wanted to leave the classroom. Laura believes that learning never stops, and she loves continuing to learn right alongside with her students. 

Inquiry
Laura grew up in the small seaside town of Scituate, Massachusetts, but she has always been one to seek out new knowledge and new experiences. She loves to travel and explore the world, and this passion has led her to twenty-three different states and thirteen countries. Laura loves teaching literature because books allow her students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and of the world around them. Laura is constantly questioning her previous assumptions and gaining new insights as she reads and writes, and she enjoys helping her students to do the same.

Responsibility
Laura attended the Scituate Public Schools. She loved all of her school subjects, and she made it her mission to become the kind of teacher who sparks this love for learning in others. She has volunteered her time as a writing tutor and peer mentor, and she has also volunteered for national organizations such as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Laura loves helping others both inside and outside the classroom, and she believes that the most important thing in life is to be kind and care about one another.


Christine Katartz
MS Guidance Counselor

Inclusion
Christine Katartzis earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and an M.A.Ed. in School Counseling from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Christine always had the desire to work in a profession devoted to helping others and felt that school counseling was the perfect fit for her since she enjoyed working with children. She also worked as a Career Advisor at Long Island University and St. John’s University where she helped freshman students choose a major based on their skills and interests. Her desire is to help all students discover and develop their talents, acquire coping skills to help them effectively deal with life’s challenges and to expose them to various future career options.          

Inquiry
Christine enjoys cooking and watching the food network channel.  She remembers watching her mother cook delicious meals during large family gatherings as a child. She believes that cooking is a common thread that connects all races, nationalities and backgrounds.  She loves to browse through recipes to discover a new family favorite. She has also organized multi-cultural food fairs in previous schools helping kids gain respect and appreciation for other cultures and their unique customs.  

Responsibility
Christine grew up in Woodside, Queens and attended P.S. 11, I.S. 125 and Newtown High School.  Her favorite subjects in school were English and math.  She enjoyed reading various books in high school and having class discussions about the characters in the story and the dilemmas they faced.  She also enjoyed math and the challenge of solving a difficult problem.  She has participated in the annual “Build-A-Bear” project for young cancer patients in the Ronald McDonald House and hopes to work on similar projects with her students in the near future.


SharonSharon Murphy
School Secretary

Inclusion
Sharon Murphy was educated at Bronx Community College, Queensborough Community College and SUNY Empire State College. She took classes that were pertinent to her life and interests in the areas of education, technology and administration. She became a paraprofessional because of her love for children and the opportunity to become a better parent. Working in the education system allowed her to support children in schools as well as better support her own children. She believes that education is a core factor in determining success and shaping productive members of society. She finds it very rewarding to be part of this complex process.

Inquiry
Sharon is passionate about health, exercise and influencing and supporting others to get to a healthier place. This motivated her to become certified as a personal trainer. When her son was diagnosed with Diabetes, she was driven to learn more and involve her family in eating healthy, becoming more active and maintaining overall good health. Sharon sees health holistically and values the connection between emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Responsiblity
Sharon attended P.S. 17 in Astoria (our co-located school), P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights, P.S. 79 in Whitestone and I.S. 194 in Whitestone. Her favorite subject was social studies because different cultures and global communities intrigued her. As a paraprofessional at PS 153, Sharon was involved in a staff chorus that developed and performed to raise money for the school community.

 

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Astoria, NY 11102
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Long Island City, NY 11106
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