District 19

Located in East New York in the southeast corner of Brooklyn, District 19 serves a mostly low-income population including residents of the 19 tower Boulevard public housing project and the Linden houses, with more than 3,000 residents.

Despite its socio-economic disadvantages, the district has a few successful schools, and is home to PS 89, the only k–8 Spanish/English dual-language school open citywide, which has a high level of parent involvement.


District 19 Contacts

557 Pennsylvania Ave, Room 202
Brooklyn, NY 11207 - Map
[email protected]



Each district has two superintendents--one in charge of elementary and middle schools, one in charge of high schools--who appoint principals, evaluate schools and approves budgets.
Elementary and middle school superintendent: Thomas Mcbryde Jr, (718) 240-2700
High school superintendent: Karen Watts, (718) 455-4635

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Victoria Edwards, (718) 240-2700
High school family support coordinator: Corrine Mattis, (718) 455-4635

For help with PTAs or district-wide events, contact:

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Rosemary Roman, (718) 240-2742
High school family leadership coordinator: Gregory Hagin, (718) 455-4635



To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center, not the district office.

Family Welcome Center 

1665 St. Marks Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11233 - Map
Phone: (718) 240-3500
This center handles both general education and special education enrollment


Community Education Council:

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy.
CEC: Community Education Council 19, (718) 240-2743
(718) 272-8033

District 19 office

557 Pennsylvania Ave, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11207 - Map


Special Education:

Most questions about speciale ducation can be answered by your child's teacher or principal. If you are new to New York City or your child attends private or parochial school, contact the nearest Committee on Special Education for an evaluation.

Committee on Special Education 

Mariama Sandi
1665 St. Marks Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11233 - Map
Phone: 71824035578
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts