Irina Clark is from Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the New York City public school system. Throughout high school, Irina worked with young children at the JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, both as a camp counselor in the summertime, and as an extra-curricular activities assistant teacher during the year. After high school, Irina attended the University of Rochester and continued to work at the JCH as a summer camp counselor. Irina graduated from the U of R with a B.A in English and moved back to New York City where she pursued a career in sales and marketing. Irina’s job allowed her to travel the country and work with many wonderful people but she kept thinking back to her love of education. After 7 years in sales and marketing, Irina decided to go back to school to pursue her real passion of educating young children. In 2016, Irina graduated with her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Throughout her second tenure as a student, Irina worked part-time at a daycare facility, babysat, and pursued a license in group fitness instruction. Her experiences at Hunter allowed her to observe and student-teach in several public and private schools across the city. As a student-teacher at P.S 527 Irina was drawn to the positive school culture and tight-knit community. Irina believes that each child is a unique individual with their own ideas, opinions, and abilities. Placed in a safe, creative, and encouraging educational environment, children have unlimited potential for learning and growth. Having found such an environment at P.S 527, Irina was excited to join the kindergarten team as an assistant teacher for the 2016-17 school year. After honing her teaching practice, and having formed close bonds with the school, students, and staff, Irina became a Kindergarten Head Teacher at PS 527 for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. She looks forward to working with teachers, students, families, and staff in the coming year.