Dear DLMS Community,
What an adventure the 2020-2021 school year has been! Thanks to our teachers, staff, parents and of course our wonderful students, in spite of all its challenges, this year gave us the opportunity to make wonderful memories together.
After the last year of functioning in a fully virtual, and then hybrid setting we are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction in the building. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we will continue to implement safety measures as established by the CDC. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors, social distancing of at least 3 feet between students where practicable, and regular handwashing and/or access to hand sanitizers. All visitors to our campus will also be required to wear masks. We will continue to implement these measures as our Superintendent determines are needed to ensure that our staff and students’ safety and well-being are prioritized.
This year we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do, as we seek to provide world class instruction daily with the expectation that all students can learn and succeed. I am excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure that our students are provided with the best educational experience possible to be critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and prepared to be successful in their endeavors after middle school. It is going to be an amazing year.
MEET OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Ms. Jelinek has a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology with a minor in Spanish and concentrations in Human Services and Public Policy from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. After undergrad, she studied Migration and Ethnic Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. As a member of the NYC Teaching Fellows, she earned her M.S. in Urban Education with a Bilingual Extension from Mercy College. She completed her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership through the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her career as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher at a NYCDOE middle school in the Bronx. She then became the Director of Student Services and Interim Executive Director of a small charter school in the Bronx. Kristina worked in a variety of roles for the DOE’s Central office, including Director of the Common Core Lab and Director of School Programs and Policy. Eager to return to a school setting, she became an assistant principal at a new K-8 school in Queens prior to taking on the best job ever, principal of DLMS! Ms. Jelinek believes that education = opportunity and that schools have a great responsibility to foster student voice, engage families as partners and provide a culture of continuous learning for staff. Outside of school, you'll find Ms. Jelinek busy reading, traveling, knitting, or running after her daughter.
Assistant Principal Prabha
Ms. Prabha received her B.A. in English Education with a minor in Psychology from the State University at Albany. After graduating from SUNY Albany, she worked as a Legal Assistant in a Manhattan law firm working on corporate and litigation cases. Ms. Prabha knew that her life-long dream was not in law but teaching. As a daughter of immigrants, her goal was to become an educator and help bring equitable and quality education to young people from all walks of life. In order to pursue this dream, Ms. Prabha went to NYU and graduated with her Masters's Degree in English Education. Ms. Prabha started her teaching career at Dual Language Middle School in 2009. She taught 7th grade ELA and held various leadership roles. In 2016, Ms. Prabha entered the Leaders in Apprenticeship Program, which trained her to become a school building leader. She worked as an Instructional Coach and now serves as Assistant Principal. Ms. Prabha believes in leading with love and working together with the amazing staff, teachers, students, and parents of DLMS to ensure that all students get the education and support that will help them become successful individuals in the future. Ms. Prabha lives on Long Island with her husband, four-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, and cat. Ms. Prabha enjoys reading, traveling, and listening to podcasts in her spare time.