Yana Garbarg joined TYWLS of Astoria for the 2012-2013 school year. Currently, she teaches 9th grade/12th grade English, and Advisory.  


Michael Stuart is joining the TYWLS of Astoria community this year as a 9th grade Global History teacher, an ELA and Math Inclusion teacher, and running the Model UN elective. Michael has been teaching since 2012 in NYC schools, and is excited be a new member of TYWLS.

Emily Field joined Tywls of Astoria in the year of 2012. She is the 9th grade Algebra teacher and also teaches a 6th grade Software Engineering Class. Emily is a very bubbly and energetic individual who is very passionate about teaching and life. 

Grace Loughney is excited to join the TYWLS of Astoria community this year as an Inclusion teacher for Living Environment, ELA, and Global. Her previous experience includes teaching English Language Arts and Inclusion in the Bronx. In addition to teaching, she loves to read, run, and travel.

Katherine Tansey joined TYWLS of Astoria in 2010 teaching 8th grade math, she now also teaches 3D printing, and Algebra 1 and 2. She loves to travel, eat, read, run, make, and do all things math! Each day she tries to help girls become confident, problem-solving, math-skilled independent women!

Aniline Amoguis is the 7th grade science teacher, and one of the 9th grade Living Environment teachers at TYWLS of Astoria. She has been in the school since 2007 but has worked as a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in another school before coming to TYWLS. She also taught Math, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics in her native country. She loves fishing, hiking, playing tennis, and doing community service on her free time.


Jonathan Ryberg joined the TYWLS-Astoria staff in 2008, and has been teaching 8th grade science, and 9th grade Living Environment. . He enjoys watching students make connections between their experiences and what they are learning in the classroom.


Scott Melcher has been teaching Social Studies at TYWLS since the school opened in 2006. He currently teaches Government and Economics for 12th graders, and AP Psychology as a high school elective. 


Michelle Barrata teaches AP 2D Design, high school beginning and intermediate art, and middle school art.

Caitlin Stanton joined the TYWLS of Astoria team in 2007. She teaches Musical

Theater, Costume Design, Masks and Puppetry, Advanced Scene Study and

likes long walks on the beach. She runs the TYWLS of Astoria Drama Club

with the help of some amazing staff and students.


James Franco joined TYWLS of Astoria in 2013 as a PE/Health Teacher. He currently teaches PE for grades 6-12. As the Athletic Director, he coaches PSAL volleyball for the HS and supervises all athletic programs for the school. Our school now has a CHAMPS program for Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. For our HS level and PSAL program there is a Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Outdoor Track & Field Team. There will be more opportunities for more sports as the year continues. James is active in a variety of sports and activities like volleyball, weight lifting, swimming, and snowboarding. He also enjoys great food, watching sports and traveling.

23-15 Newtown Ave

Astoria, NY 11102

Tel: 718-267-2839
Fax: 718-728-0218

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