Dr. Celestine


Dr. Cynthia Celestine
Principal, P.S. 26/The Jesse Owens School
1014 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
P: 718-919-5707 Ext 1111; F: 718-574-2803

" The secret to success is constancy to purpose" ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Principal's Bio

Cynthia Celestine is the principal of P.S. 26/The Jesse Owens School located in District 16, Brooklyn. Approximately 22 years ago, Cynthia Celestine was hired as a first grade teacher at P.S. 26 and worked her way through the following positions: classroom teacher, Special Education Teacher Support Service, Title 1 Math teacher, Math Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. As principal for approximately 9 years, P.S. 26 has experienced yearly incremental progress in student achievement on the NYS English Language and Mathematics assessments. In her capacity of school leader, Cynthia Celestine supervises the following programs: 3K, Pre-Kindergarten, General Education, ASD Nest program, Special Education and the Gifted and Talented. P.S. 26 was identified as a Rewards School by New York State based on closing the achievement gap for 2 consecutive years ~ 2015-16 and 2016-17. Another great achievement for P.S. 26 under the leadership of Dr. Celestine is the accomplishment of 86% of Gifted and Talented students attaining levels 3 and 4 on the NY State ELA assessment and 95% in levels 3 and 4 in mathematics based on City data on the 2017 -2018 NY State assessments.

Dr. Cynthia Celestine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from York College; a Master’s of Science Degree from Adelphi University; School Building leader and District leader Certification from the College of St. Rose and a Doctoral Degree from Northcentral University.

2019 Welcome

Welcome to another school year of teaching and learning, 2019-2020, at P.S. 26/The Jesse Owens School. We are excited to serve you and your child, our student, as we support our diverse population. Our school community considers our school to be "A One Stop Shop for Academic Excellence," where we strive to serve the individual needs of our student population and empower our students to change the world.  We successfully provide services for students regardless of where they are on the academic continuum: General education, Special Education, Gifted and Talented, Autism Spectrum Disorder, English as a Second Language, Pre-Kindergarten and 3K For All.

Our highly qualified staff and administrators are caring and dedicated to the needs and safety of all students. We believe in educating students for life beyond the environs of the classroom thus, making them lifelong learners and productive citizens. As partners, we rely on you to continue to extend your child's learning experience at home. In addition to regular school work, completion of homework and daily reading will ensure that your child acquires the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill rigorous academic requirements.

Please refer to our Parent Handbook which is meant to be used as a reference guide throughout the year as it contains information that will answer many of your questions regarding P.S. 26 policies and procedures. If you have questions or concerns about issues that are not addressed in this document, please call us at 718-919-5707. We can also be reached at http://ps26jesseowens.com/.Thank you for entrusting your child to the Jesse Owens School/P.S. 26. We look forward to a successful and productive school year 2019-2020.




Cynthia Celestine, Ed.D



Explore our website and visit us at the following location for a school tour:

1014 Lafayette Avenue,

Brooklyn NY, 11221

Phone: 718-919-5707.

Website:  http://ps26jesseowens.com/