Charlene, who has been teaching since 2004, believes that building partnerships with parents is crucial to her role as a teacher and to each child’s success. She encourages parents to be actively involved members of the Manhattan Star Academy community and maintains close contact with families throughout the school year. Charlene received her master’s degree in Special Education in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Dowling College. she resides in Long Island with her husband and their two daughters, whom she considers to be her best teachers regarding the powerful impact that parents can have on the emotional and academic development of their children. Charlene’s goal is to instill a love of learning in all of her students that will grow and be nurtured throughout their lives. charlene.dangelo@yai.org