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.
"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."
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.