Pine Street Center
Olive Charles is the Educational Director at our 374 Pine Street Center in the East New York section of Brooklyn. She is a professional educator whose wide-ranging experience includes some 15 years of service as an elementary teacher in her native Guyana, and more than a decade of continuous classroom and supervisory experience as an Early Childhood Educator in the City of New York. She is a former lead teacher with the Get Set Kindergarten academy and also previously served for three years in a similar capacity with The Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers, Inc., (FOCH). Before returning to FOCH to assume her current appointment, she served for four years as Education Coordinator / Assistant Director with the Lutheran Social Services of New York.
Ms. Charles is a graduate of both the Cyril Potter College of Education and University of Guyana. She also holds the Master of Science degree in General and Special Education from Touro College, as well as an additional Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She is professionally certified by the New York State Education Department as an Early Childhood educator (Birth to 2 years old) as well as Grades 5-9.
“My personal philosophy of education is that every child has the ability to learn,” she says. “Children may have different learning styles, and it is our job to identify and nurture their capabilities as early as possible and ensure that they are given every opportunity to succeed at every level of their educational journey. As an educational leader, I am privileged to facilitate that process and to model best practices for my fellow teachers so we can help our children achieve their highest potential.”
Ms. Charles is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC) and in her spare time enjoys reading stories and performing dramatic interpretations for young children.