collins Chris


As an educator, I aim to provide each student with a wide variety of physical activities and challenges that will contribute to the development of each learner's physical, cognitive, and affective well-being.  The goal is create a positive , active, and supportive atmosphere where all students can grow.  Students learn to take control of their fitness levels and become informed consumers.  The goal is to maintain healthy habits for a lifetime!




My name is Mr. Harewood. I am a New York native with a passion for art, design, and everything creative. Since the age of five I have had a passion for drawing and pursued a Bachelor’s in Architecture to cultivate my love for design. After graduating I enter season of Campus Missions which confirmed my pursuit of a Master’s in Art Education. I have been teaching art for over a decade and teaching high school art with the Department of Education for the past eight years. My past season was spent working in the Bronx community helping students to develop their foundational art skills, while my advance art classes captured my passion for design. I have worked in multiple mediums, both flat and three-dimensional, miniature and mural sized. This work granted students the opportunity to tell their stories and create the world they want to see. I am honored to begin a journey with FIHS’s diverse community and inspire the young minds that will paint an epic narrative of positive change. 

Martinez Deanna


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My name is Deanna Lynn Martinez and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. My family is from Puerto Rico and Central and Eastern Europe. I love learning about my own cultures as well as those of the people I am lucky enough to meet. My passions outside of dance include food, travel, sports, writing, fashion, and music. My greatest passion, though, is teaching and learning. I studied dance at LaGuardia High School, dance and Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Macaulay Honors at Hunter College, and earned my Master of Arts degree in Dance Education from New York University. Teaching at Flushing International High School is a dream job and I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to create its very first dance program.



My name is Isabel Polanco and I am a physical education teacher at Flushing International High School.  I graduated from Queens College with a Master degree in Physical Education K-12. I enjoy guiding students to become physically active, acquire knowledge, and skills they can used to establish and maintain physical fitness for the rest of their lives. Beside teaching Physical Education, I also work as an Athletic Director and Coach.   I practice what I preach!  During my spare time,  I workout and play sports.  If i want my students to be physically active,  i have to exhibit a healthy lifestyles as well because learning is a never ending road and a two-way street.   I am thankful for having the opportunity of guiding student in the process of becoming physically educated adult.

welsh lily


"I was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in Manhattan. I attended the famed High School of the Performing Arts, SUNY Purchase for college and New York University for my Masters in Educational Theatre. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love the Theatre and I’m so pleased to share my appreciation of the art form with my students. Before becoming a teacher, I enjoyed being an actress and a casting director for film, theatre, and commercials; although my greatest role is teaching the students of the Flushing International High School. I am grateful for the opportunity to watch them collaborate, explore new ideas while gaining confidence in themselves."

Sturges Llerena


Elizabeth Sturges Llerena joined the Flushing International High School in its first year. She has been teaching here ever since. She is a licensed Bilingual Fine Arts teacher. Before coming to FIHS she worked for 5 years at another High School in lower Manhattan teaching art in a Bilingual Program. Before that she worked in Boston's Chinese community at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School collaborating to develop and teach the school's first K-5 Mandarin curriculum as well as K-5 Visual Art Classes. In Boston she also taught and developed Adult ESL curriculum and she taught oral English classes to University students at Shaanxi Teachers' University in Xian, China. When she is not too busy teaching, she makes art.