Administrative Team

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

 

 

Dear P.S. 143Q Family,

 

Welcome to another exciting, but unique 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 K and 1. 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, where I have had the opportunity to supervise and support our community in multiple capacities over the years,  I still remain 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. 
 
 
Warmly, 
Asia Robinson-Etkins
 
 
 
Assistant Principal Robinson-Etkins
 

 

Hello P.S. 143Q Family!

 

I am so happy to be back and working with the greatest team around. I know we didn’t plan to work under these circumstances, but I do believe with the patience, flexibility and perseverance we all have, we can overcome any hurdle that comes our way.  This year I will be supervising grades two and three, as well as K-5 bilingual education. 

 

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 role, I have the opportunity to continue to serve the community I am most passionate about.

 

I look forward to continuing to uphold 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.  

 

It remains my goal to continue to build relationships with each of you and to meet 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

aestrada4@schools.nyc.gov

 

 
 
Assistant Principal 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  

lescala@schools.nyc.gov

 

Assistant Principal 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

kpang@schools.nyc.gov

 

 

 

Greetings 143 Family,                                                                             

  

It is with great pride and excitement that I join this amazing team of dedicated professionals!  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to share with this wonderful community. 

I’d like to share a little about me with each of you. In June of 2020, I completed my 20th year teaching and have always remained passionate about serving my students and families. I have worked in a variety of settings to serve thousands of students over the years.  My passions are plentiful but I have always been drawn to early childhood education, special education, and multilingual learners.  Bringing this enthusiasm to your home is an honor and my respect for each of you during this time has only magnified. 

Outside of work, I am also a mother of three boys who attend city schools so I am experiencing a variety of “firsts” as well on a personal level.  Being their remote teacher and navigating remote learning is quite an interesting experience that I never could have envisioned.   

I’m eager to get to know you and the work that you are doing for children every day. It will certainly be a challenge as we navigate through these unprecedented times to work together on implementing resources and best practices for our school community but I know we will conquer many collective successes. I can’t wait to continue learning and growing with you and our students. 

 
Regards,
Jessie Chun
 
Assistant Principal Chun