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Celebrating Success at QE!

We are proud to have been named in the top 1% of Citywide Elementary Schools for Spring 2019—one of just 6 schools in the city to achieve this distinction! We were named in the top 5% each year for 2015 – 2018, based on MOSL scores and ratings from administrator visits. Thank you to our hardworking staff and students for demonstrating what inquiry and service learning can achieve!

Service Learning

Believe in the Creatures of the Deep Blue Sea

 Derek's Recycled Shark 


Thank you to all our families! We raised $1, 462.00 for the World Wildlife Foundation for the Creatures of the Deep Blue Sea!

Updated 5/12/21 Letter to Families From Chancellor Meisha Porter

Parent Expert On Covid-19

 Covid-19 Update    

Please read information regarding  Covid-19 from one of our parent expert Kathy Medrano. 


Message from Queens Explorers Guidance Counselor

Dear Queens Explorers Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Maureen Abernethy and I am the 3K-5 Elementary School Counselor. I am so excited to be part of the Queens Explorers family; it is so apparent how close-knit and welcoming this school community is, I feel very lucky to be part of it!

My passion for school counseling began during my time as a student at St John’s University   where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Education and then at Brooklyn College College where I earned my Masters of Science and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling. I have 25 years combined school counseling and teaching experience.  What I love most about the Queens Explorers is the genuine curiosity students have in their learning and the world around them, as well as the opportunity for early intervention support that can have a lifetime positive impact on a child.

As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students.  Many times I get puzzled looks when I say I provide career development at the elementary level, but it is never too early for children to be exposed to the opportunities their futures will hold! I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families, and community.  I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom counseling lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Queens Explorers students.     

You may have noticed above that I put in bold and underlined the word, “all” students. Sometimes when the term “counselor” is heard, some may perceive that a counselor may only work with a select few students in a 1:1 counseling capacity, but that is not the case! School Counseling programs reach and meet the needs of all students in a school through many various ways, including those listed above. I am here to advocate for all students. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (718) 558-7088 or email me maberne@schools.nyc.gov at any time.  

I have many roles and responsibilities at Queens Explorers.  Some of my roles that support students and families are:

  • ·         Attendance Coordinator
  • ·         Respect for All Liaison
  • ·         504 Coordinator
  • ·         Middle School Articulation Coordinator
  • ·         Special Education Liaison
  • ·         Safety Coordinator & BRT Leader
  • ·         Restorative Circle Facilitator

 I am so excited to work with your children and get to know you throughout the school year! 

 All the best,

Maureen Abernethy

3K-5 School Counselor

Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning Grades K–5




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