Administrative Team

Proud Assistant Principals
Mrs. Asia Robinson-Etkins, Mrs. Alexis Estrada,
Mrs. Lucy Escalante and Mrs. Karen Pang



Dear P.S. 143Q Family,


Welcome to another exciting school year of learning and exploration at PS 143Q, the Louis Armstrong Elementary School.  I am beyond ecstatic to be part of the 143 family, continuing to supporting our students, teachers and school community. This year, I will be supervising grades 1 and 2 at our annex site. In my previous work as a Special Education School Improvement Specialist, serving under Region 10 (NYCDOE), in NYS Education Department's RSE-TASC (Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center), I focused on providing support, training, and building systems within schools, with a focus on students in special education. Some of my other capacities have been serving as a special education teacher, special education coach, IEP Liaison,  literacy coach and a magnet resource specialist/ curriculum development coach, where we supported our faculty in designing interdisciplinary common core aligned curriculum from grades K-8, which were integrated with our magnet themes that were approved and vetted by the US Department of Education.   I love learning as much as I love to teach and coach, whether it is students or adults. Using proven research-based strategies, literacy and specially designed instruction is part of my passion, ensuring that ALL students are given opportunities to learn, and provided with the supports they need, regardless to how they come to us.   
As an Assistant Principal at 143,  I am focused on creating a school culture that supports the needs of all within the community, from our faculty and students, to our families. Our school should feel like an extension of the home, with high academic, social and behavioral expectations.   To our parents: we cannot do this work well without you. Parental/guardian support and involvement is essential in improving and maintaining student academic performance, social and behavioral expectations.  I look forward to working with sustaining our relationships and building on new ones as well with you all, supporting any way that will ultimately impact our students and community.   Please always feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have. 
Asia Robinson-Etkins


Hello P.S. 143Q Family!


It is with great enthusiasm that I would like to introduce myself as your newest Interim Acting Assistant Principal and this year’s supervisor of third grade and K-5 bilingual education. I am beyond excited and eager to work with, what I have heard, is such a wonderful, caring and dedicated team. 


My experience in working with English Language Learners and students in dual language programs has taught me how to recognize the strengths of bilingualism, as well as the challenges educators face in helping these students reach proficiency. In District 24, we educate students from some of the most diverse communities in the nation. I am fortunate that in this next role, I have the opportunity to serve the community I am most passionate about.


I look forward to upholding the goals of Ms. Lucas to promote a positive school culture while sustaining and initiating educational programs conducive to student learning. Together, we will coordinate efforts that will keep staff and students feeling supported, encouraged and motivated to meet our shared goals and vision.  


As the newest member of the team, my goal is to get acquainted with each of you and the needs of our learning community throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions or feedback. 



Proud Assistant Principal,

Alexis Estrada



Hello P.S. 143Q Family, 

It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the PS 143 school community and I am looking forward to further collaborate relationships with staff, students, and parents this year. After 17 years in the DOE teaching middle school Math in District 24, I made the decision two years ago to pursue the role of Assistant Principal at 143 because I wholeheartedly felt it was a good fit. Initially, I assumed the role of Assistant Principal of second grade at Annex II and have transitioned to the main building for the upcoming school year. My passion continues to be and will always center around what is best for our students, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary tools to succeed and that they are afforded a quality education.  

Of Latin descent, I am a first-generation American born from parents who emigrated from Ecuador with nothing but an ambition for a better way of life. Because of their pursuit of raising a family in the US, I was the first to graduate from college. My upbringing allows me to organically connect to my wonderful students and parents. Together, we can work to be the best we can be. 

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with our staff, students, and families and look forward to a great year! Go Lions!


All the best, 

Lucy Escalante




Dear P.S. 143Q Community,


I am thrilled to start my sixth year at P.S.143Q! My passion for education began in college when I organized a tutoring program in Philadelphia. Twice a week, I drove a large van full of tutors into Philadelphia's Chinatown where we helped students of all ages. Knowing I could make a difference in children’s lives is what motivated me to move to NYC and become a Teaching Fellow. I began my career teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Astoria, Queens as a first-grade teacher. During my eight years there, I modeled lessons for the Office of English Language Learners and the Office of Gifted and Talented. My primary focus in instruction was in designing units where students learned through inquiry-based research projects in early childhood.

I am a strong advocate for our community, especially for our English Language Learners (ELLs). Growing up as an ELL was not easy. There were very few bilingual or ESL programs in the suburbs of Boston. As a newcomer to the country, I did not speak any English and was placed in a bilingual Chinese program where I had to take a van to a school that made several stops. The ride was dreadful and long; thus, my parents decided to place me in a mainstream English speaking class with ESL once a week.  While my family did not speak English well, they did teach me how to persevere through language barriers when I was young.  My experience as a first-generation American is what drives me to be a diligent Assistant Principal for our ELLs.

Students learn best when they feel comfortable in their school and classroom. At PS143, we strive to ensure that all our students feel safe and are at their best all day, especially after a long bus ride to school. We also want students’ families to feel comfortable in reaching out about their questions and concerns. Information is such a powerful tool, and there is no better way to share information than through a website! With a touch of your phone, you can connect instantly with any staff member in our school. I am very excited to be working as the Assistant Principal for English as a New Language (ENL). This year will be full of explorations and new discoveries for our ELLs. We have a lot of new and wonderful things to share with you this year!


With love,

Karen Pang