First Grade

Ms. Bastone

Ms. Gonzalez


Ms. González is from Azogues, Ecuador and lives in Queens. She graduated from The City College of New York in 2017 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Bilingual Extension. Ms. González is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education at Queens College. This is her third year as a teacher and her second year at East Elmhurst Community School. She had the wonderful opportunity to work as an English teacher in Guayaquil, Ecuador and Oaxaca, Mexico. This experience fostered her love for teaching and supporting her students in their bilingualism journey. On the weekend, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Charlie and Tony! Overall, her life goal is to serve her community as a teacher and make a difference in her student's lives, one day at a time!

Parent Engagement Hours: These appointments are optional but if you would like to meet with me, you can pick an appointment and we can meet on zoom or through a phone call. Link to make the appointment:
Every Tuesday in the morning 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Every Thursday in the evening 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Only through Zoom or phone call.

Ms. Zorbas

Ms. Morales


Ms. Morales was born in Bogotá, Colombia. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from La Salle University, she moved to New York City.  In Colombia, she taught Spanish and English as a foreign language from kindergarten through middle school. Her passion for teaching led her to obtain a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education 1-6 from Queens College. This is her third year teaching first grade. Ms. Morales is eager to support the academic and socio-emotional growth of students. She is proud to become part of East Elmhurst Community School.

If you want to meet with Ms. Moran and Ms. Morales, these are the times we are available for a call or for a Zoom meeting. You can reach us outside of these times as well. We will be happy to explain anything that might be unclear or if you want to know more about your child’s progress. 

Mondays: 4:15 pm to 4:55 pm / Tuesdays: 7:30 am to 7:50 am / Wednesdays: 7:30 am to 7:50 am

Please call us at (718) 505-6050 extension 2101 or meet with us on Zoom. Here is our link and passcode:

Passcode: 554245

Lyric Study

Visual Thinking Strategies


What's going on in this picture?

What makes you say that?

What else can we find?



Students learn about

- the composer

- the instruments in the musical piece

-vocabulary related to the musical piece

First Grade Success Strategies


What can you do at home?