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PS527: Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
323 E 91st St · New York, NY 10128 · 212-828-2710
East 91st St
Upcoming Events
  • August 21, 2019 - August 22, 2019 — PS 527 Staff Summer Professional Learning
  • August 22, 2019 — New Student/Family Ice Cream Social 5:30pm
  • September 02, 2019 — Labor Day
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Michelle Amato, Principal

  East Side School for Social Action
  Michelle Amato, Principal
Ps 527 Parent Teacher Association
Jessica Clark
Visual Arts Teacher, Founding Staff Member of PS 527
Jessica Clark

On the first day of teaching in an elementary Art classroom, Jessica Clark felt like she had come home—a feeling that has deepened since she began a career as a teacher. The early elementary years are a special time in artistic development. Children tend to make art without inhibition, which could be influential to us all. Jessica respects her students as artists, and her classroom is full of choices, experiments, discovery, invention and expression. It is a place for students to connect with themselves, each other and the world. By facilitating experiences with a variety of traditional and alternative materials and methods, Jessica’s goal is to establish a lifetime love for being creative, and a confidence in sharing ideas.

What Jessica loves most about PS 527 is the community that has been created from scratch over the past 6 years. She is inspired by the collaboration between families and staff members to provide children with a learning experience that is catered to each student's needs. She enjoys working alongside the other teachers to help infuse Art into other subject areas, while relating the Art content to the grade level curriculum. She has created an online art gallery to provide each student with a digital portfolio of their work.

Jessica’s background is in Graphic Design and Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked as a graphic designer before enrolling in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jessica illustrated a children’s book called, “Downtown Brown’s Visit to Historic Ellicott City," and has two art pieces on permanent display at the Renwick Hotel in Manhattan. In her free time, she makes handbound books, something that she has done since her early elementary years. Having played volleyball competitively from sixth grade through college, she is always looking for a challenging workout. She enjoys yoga, running, cycling classes and swimming.

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