The mission of the PS 295 is to expand and enhance the opportunities for education and personal growth available to each student at PS 295. This take many forms:

  • By planning and assisting in events and programs that bring our diverse school family together to get to know each other and connect.
  • By raising funds through events, programs, parent donations, outside grants, and other source the PTA helps the school provide programs in all areas including music, dance and technology.
  • By helping families at the school understand the opportunities available to them and make sure their needs and concerns are understood and addressed by the school’s leadership.

Each spring, the PTA membership elects parents to serve in the roles listed below. Terms last two years which means that every year some positions are open to provide new opportunities while others have returning members to ensure continuity. The EC meets once each month to discuss PTA business, events and programs, as well as various issues in the school and its community. You should feel free to contact your EC members any time you have questions or issues you’d like to talk over. More detailed information about what the PTA does for the school can be found here. You can click here to find Meeting Minutes.

Tamara Damon
Vibha Ciecko

Vice President:
Rebecca Stein, Parent Engagement
Katrina Motch, Programs & Development
Emilio Fontan, Jr., Events

Sara Kunin
Jasmin Castro

Katharine James
Jannelle Gellizeau


School Leadership Team (SLT)
PS 295 is governed by a School Leadership Team (SLT) comprised of the Principal, Assistant Principal, two PTA officers, elected teachers and parents. The core responsibility of the SLT is to develop the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with school budget. In that role the team evaluates the effectiveness of the school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement. The SLT sets priorities for budget, staffing, curriculum, parent involvement, building maintenance, security and future growth. Elections are held in the late spring. Elected members serve a term of two years. Meetings are open to all parents to observe; however, only SLT members may vote and participate in conversation during meetings.

If you have a subject to be addressed by the SLT, please place a written request in the SLT mailbox located in the main office at least two weeks in advance of scheduled meetings. Please refer to our school website,, for the SLT schedule of meetings. You can click here to find Meeting Minutes.

Tamara Damon, Fifth Grade Parent
Vibha Ciecko, First Grade Parent
Naomi Josepher, Fifth and Second Grade Parent
Amanda Bissell, First Grade and Prek Parent
Ellen Cerniglia, Fifth, Third and First Grade Parent
Nomi Altabef, Kindergarten and Second Grade Parent