2003-06-20 / Community

Bien Memorialized By Her P.S. 225 ‘Family’

By Brian Magoolaghan
Bien Memorialized By Her P.S. 225 ‘Family’

Bien Memorialized By Her P.S. 225 ‘Family’


A white rose tucked in to the leather biker jacket of Bien’s partner Cheryl Stewart.A white rose tucked in to the leather biker jacket of Bien’s partner Cheryl Stewart.

By Brian Magoolaghan

Sharon Bien, the Rockaway schoolteacher who died last month after her motorcycle collided with a truck, was recently memorialized at the school where she worked for 15 years.

Many of those who attended the Public School 225 memorial remembered Bien as a caring, tough teacher, who encouraged her co-workers and was ‘cool’ with the kids. The two hour event was attended by about 200 people. There was music, performance, and memory and poetry readings. A poignant slide show flashed images of Bien, sharing candid moments of her life.

Principal Matthew Melchiorre recalled how Bien could "help the quietest child find their voice." He also unveiled a plaque dedicating the auditorium in her memory, because Bien spent many hours there, exploring artistic creativity with students. In addition, the school will plant a purple plum tree on their grounds, and has purchased a Tribute Park brick.


P.S. 225 Students perform a dance routine at the memorial last Friday.P.S. 225 Students perform a dance routine at the memorial last Friday.

Bien was killed at the intersection of two Brooklyn streets, during the morning commute, on Monday May 19. She was 38.


Pictured, left to right, Bien’s partner Cheryl Stewart, her father Peter, and mother Kathleen.Pictured, left to right, Bien’s partner Cheryl Stewart, her father Peter, and mother Kathleen.Principal Matthew Melchiorre displays the plaque dedicating the P.S. 225 auditorium in Bien’s memory.Principal Matthew Melchiorre displays the plaque dedicating the P.S. 225 auditorium in Bien’s memory.

“My heart feels sad that she went away” –From a poem read by one of Bien’s students.“My heart feels sad that she went away” –From a poem read by one of Bien’s students.

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