Welcome to the Speech Improvement Chapter

Mindy Karten BornemannMindy Karten Bornemann

Dear UFT Speech Chapter Members,

It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome you to the UFT Speech Improvement Chapter website. Welcome back to a new school year! I hope that you had a great summer and some time to relax. On behalf of the UFT Speech Chapter, I also want to welcome all of our new speech teachers and therapists who were hired over the summer. We have grown over the years and now boast almost 3,000 members.

Our chapter continues to offer help and support through our chapter hotline number at 1-212-598-7774 on Monday through Friday from 4–6 p.m. You can also leave a brief message on our hotline number. Please provide a phone number for a return call. In addition, you can send an email to me at mbornemann@uft.org. However, this is not as speedy as a phone call. It is only intended for short messages and questions.

Our assistant chapter leader, Katherine Lewis; our Brooklyn representative Brenda Caquais; and our new speech teacher trainer, Lisa Arian, are our hotline and email specialists. They are highly trained and will maintain your confidentiality. They speak to me daily to make sure issues are resolved. With so many members in the chapter, I strongly encourage you to speak to them rather than waiting for me to return your call.

Issues and concerns arise constantly in our chapter. Our monthly chapter meetings are an opportunity for me and your other chapter representatives to learn what is going on in your schools, to answer your questions and to help resolve your problems. This year I will pilot having borough meetings across the city to see if this leads to greater membership engagement. I will monitor attendance at these meetings, and you can attend any meetings you choose.

As your chapter leader, I am here to support your needs, and the entire UFT is ready to help you. Every borough office is open until at least 6 p.m., and at least one night until 7 p.m. Our speech chapter hotline is available Monday through Friday from 4 - 6 p.m. at 212-598-7774. Your assistant chapter leaders, Brenda Caquias and Kathy Lewis, and I are here to answer your questions and help you make informed choices.

Currently there are approximately 2,700 speech improvement teachers and speech language pathologists working for the New York City Department of Education in New York City. There are approximately 2,700 speech improvement teachers and speech language pathologists working for the New York City Department of Education. We work in different areas of the city and with a variety of different populations. But we all do a very important job. Whether we are in a regional school district, citywide program or high school, each of us works to ensure that all children get the appropriate speech and language services recommended on their individual education plans (IEPs). As part of the IEP teams, we also help to determine the best speech services for our students.

This is a very difficult job. It takes skill, dedication and the right balance to make sure that children are receiving what they really need to do their best. We at the speech chapter are here to support you.

Fraternally,
Mindy Karten Bornemann
Mindy Karten Bornemann
Chapter Leader

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