November 6, 2012 - Election Day (No School)

November 22nd and 23rd - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 10th - 14th - Student Showcases at School Sites

December 24th - January 1st - Winter Break

Health Education


Becky Anderson

Becky Anderson is working with P.S. 161 with health education this year. She is a student at Teachers College, where she is studying International Educational Development. One of her favorite subjects is science! She grew up in Kansas. In high school she loved her Spanish class, and got to use her Spanish when she moved after college to the Dominican Republic and then Colombia. She also learned a little bit of Japanese when she lived in Tokyo.

In her free time, Becky likes to run, hike, read, and cook. She loves teaching and playing games, and always has a great time with kids. She's excited about working at P.S. 161!


Kira Cohen-Milo

Kira Cohen-Milo was born and partially raised in Northwest Ohio before moving to South Georgia during elementary school, where she stayed until her early twenties after completing a degree program in biology at University of Georgia. Before moving to New York last Fall to attend a Masters Program in Nutrition and Public Health at Teachers College she had been living in The San Francisco Bay Area where she worked extensively in local farmers markets, health systems, and garden education.

Kira is excited to return to PS 154 this year albeit in a different capacity. The previous academic year she worked with Ms. Wunsch's 2nd grade classroom as a Reading and Math Buddy through Teachers College during regular school hours. Although this is her first time working in the afterschool setting at Harriet Tubman Learning Center she is familiar with the Harlem Children's Zone as well as the programming, benefits, and necessity of afterschool programs from her pervious position as a Garden Enrichment Specialist for grades K-5 for an afterschool program in California. She's excited to work in a hands-on setting again with the opportunity to facilitate students' practical understanding and comprehension of food and health as a Health Literacy Specialist. Kira can be reached via email .


Damaris Sanchez

My name is Damaris Sanchez. I am a recent graduate from NYU Steinhardt. I studied Childhood/Special Education with a concentration in psychology. Currently, I am a grad student in the fast-track program for Higher & Postsecondary Education. I have three jobs plus evening classes. I work Part-Time for an office at Union Square for a company called Air Control, INC. As well, I work as a technician for CIS Media Services at TC. And I am a participant in the Zankel Fellows, which starting October I will be teaching Elementary School students on Health Literacy. You may ask how I do it all. Well, I just do! In the past, I used to participate in a program called NYU America Reads. I used to tutor high school students who were Hard of Hearing, Deaf, or living with Down Syndrome. I love to learn about the Deaf Culture and teach American Sign Language.

However, my true passion is to help students find scholarships and gain college access. My passion grew after I took a trip to Quito, Ecuador for a community service trip with NYU's Alternative Breaks program. I was fortunate enough to teach high school students learn about public speaking and grasp the English language. I became a role model for the students, and it gave me the courage to consider studying for my Masters in Higher Ed. After graduate school, I would like to become a college advisor and work with students who are living with certain disabilities or have different socio-economic backgrounds. I would like to share my story with my students and help them see that we are not as different as we think. I have a learning disability. I come from a low-income family. I learned to adapt and just kept on going.


Niove Theoharides

Niove Theoharides is from Brookline, Massachusetts and grew up in an English-Greek bilingual home. She visits her family and the beautiful beaches in Greece as often as she can. She attended Brookline High School and her favorite subject was Spanish, which is why she continued on to study it at Tufts University, receiving her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish. After graduating, she did a year of AmeriCorps at an after school program in Boston called Tenacity, followed by two years as an English Language Learner Paraprofessional at Somerville High School, an urban public school in the Metro-Boston area. Her students gave her a lot of nick names and she's hoping to get some new ones from her students here in New York.

This is Niove's first time living in New York City. Though she is from Boston, she does not care about the Red Sox and Yankees. She actually likes soccer a lot more, and would love t go to the World Cup in Brazil 2014! Niove is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) with K-12 Certification at Teachers College. This year, she will be teaching health literacy at one of the after school programs at P.S. 175. She's excited to work with students because they make her laugh and they motivate her to try harder in her classes (she has homework too you know). She can't wait to start the year at P.S. 175 and have fun learning about what it means to take care of your body and feel strong and healthy. She's hoping her students will help her get better at pick-up basketball and teach her about New York too.