Meet The Principal & AP

Marisa Castello


It is with great honor and excitement that I introduce myself as the Principal of P.S.176Q. Prior to joining P.S. 176Q, I worked in various roles; as a teacher, content leader, and most recently as a tenured Assistant Principal. My experience in these roles has not only shaped my core belief regarding how students learn best, but it has also fueled my passion for education.

I am a firm believer that regardless of race, zip codes or economic status, students can succeed if they have access to a great education. In addition, I believe that it will not only take a team of dedicated and talented educators to ensure our students reach their full potential, but we will need the support from parents and families on this journey. I wholeheartedly believe that when all parents are actively involved in their child’s school and its activities, collectively we can close the opportunity gaps that exist and transform the lives of our children very successfully.

As we embark on this new journey, I look forward to partnering with you and working together to ensure that the children of P.S. 176 receive the excellent education they deserve to achieve their future goals and dreams.  The door of our school is always open, so please do not hesitate to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss your concerns, suggestions, or ideas.


Looking forward to working with you!

Kathryn O'Brien

Assistant Principal I.A.

I am very excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year and even more excited to be a new member of the 176 school family.


After having worked as a Renewal Coach for schools in District 19 and 23 in Brooklyn for the past year, I relish being back in District 29; I truly missed being an integral part of a strong close knit group. Previously, I was a member of the PS/IS 268 family, where I educated and supported students and staff for 13 years.


My plan is to spend my first year working and collaborating with all members of the PS 176 community in order to determine the ways in which we can continuously support student growth and excellence.


I am confident that this year will be great!

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