Deborah Florio became the principal of P.S. 32 in July, 2007. Ms. Florio’s career as an educator began in 1993, when she was a paraprofessional in a District 14 school, working in a variety of classrooms that supported students with severe to moderate disabilities. From 1997- 2005 she worked as a special education teacher in grades 1, 4, and 5 and then, in 2005, became the assistant principal of P.S. 32.
Ms. Florio received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s of science degree in special education from Adelphi University. She was awarded an administrator’s license from the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
Ms. Florio has high expectations for the academic achievement, social development, and personal growth of each and every student. She believes in nurturing their strengths and talents to educate the whole child socially, emotionally, academically, culturally, and artistically through differentiation in all facets of learning. Ms. Florio also sees herself as a lifelong learner and makes it a priority to stay abreast of what is happening in the field of education. She is very proud of P.S. 32 and is honored to have an extremely passionate staff that is never afraid of challenging our students.
Erica Steinberg first came to P.S. 32 as special education teacher in 2004, teaching kindergarten and grade 1 in the ASD Nest Program as well as serving as an ASD Nest Teacher. She holds a master’s degree in both general education and special education as well as a license in administration and supervision.
Ms. Steinberg believes that every child will meet high standards of academic excellence through enrichment and rigorous instruction which meets their individual learning needs. She believes that learning is a life-long process, where every student should be treated as an individual so that their learning needs can be met. She strives to motivate all students with her love for learning and by always having the highest expectations for them. When she became assistant principal of P.S. 32 in 2008 she implemented a school-wide Enrichment Cluster program in which all grades, K-5, participate.
Ms. Steinberg is truly committed to making a difference in education, in the professional lives of all teachers/staff and, most importantly, in the achievement of ALL children.
For a list of the full P.S. 32 staff, click here.