K-208 Ms. Catechis

My name is Avgerini Catechis! I am a kindergarten teacher at P.S.51 for many years by choice.  I love kindergarten!!!! I have been part of the P.S.51 family for 27 years.  With my two masters degrees I had ample chances throughout the years to move on as a mentor, a lead teacher and even administration.  I did not accept any of these positions due to my love and admiration of our school.  When I first came to PS51, it was right after college, I really did not know where the school building was (I was looking for a huge building).  I walked passed our school building and went straight unto the Intrepid Museum and insisting that the school was there.   Back tracking my footsteps led me to what will be my home away from home for many years.  I have been blessed to be a part of the greatest school in New York.  Friendships have been made through-out the years that have been part of my school life and my personal life, relationships with our parents that have withered many storms.  I have cried and laughed together with my colleagues and our parents, in other words we are committed to each other and to our school.  A few years back I was taking attendance the first day of kindergarten and I came to the name of one of my students that reminded me of a former student. Are they related?, I thought.  After some research I discovered that yes they related in a big way.  My new student was the daughter of two previous students.  How great is that I got to fulfill the cycle of a family!  It is rare to be able to say how amazing a work place can be after all these years, but that is what our school is: AMAZING!!!!!   


K-207 Ms. Stomkin

Greetings! My name is Carey Stomkin, and this is my fifth year teaching at P.S. 51. From the moment I entered the school, I immediately felt a strong sense of community. This is an incredibly special place where everyone is truly a team. I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and I genuinely love teaching Kindergarten. Watching the children grow by leaps and bounds throughout the year is going to be such a joy!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~Dr. Seuss


K-107 Ms. Kartez 

Hello! My name is Deanna Kartez. I am the kindergarten special education teacher in the Integrate Co-Teaching Classroom with Ms. Ryan!  I have been a part of this wonderful community since I student taught here in 2010. I truly cannot imagine working anywhere else! 

I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Buffalo State College and received my Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Kindergarten is a time of new beginnings, of making friends, and of learning lots of new and exciting skills each and every day.   I look forward to working with you and your child this year!


K- 107 Ms. Ryan

Hello! My name is Megan Ryan and this is my third year teaching at P.S. 51! I am the general education teacher in the Kindergarten ICT class with Ms. Kartez.  I am so excited to be teaching in such a wonderful school community.  I received my Masters degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Hunter College.  I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning in Kindergarten!