New Teachers

New Teacher section promo photo The first three or four years of teaching are likely to be the most challenging of your career. The UFT is a family of educators, and we welcome you into it with the resources you need to be the kind of teacher that a student will always remember.

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Check out the UFT's New Member Handbook »

Have a question about mentoring? Contact mentoring@uft.org.

Have a question about certification and licensing? Contact teacherline@uft.org or call 212-420-1830, Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Need to reach someone at the UFT? Contact your borough office.

Check out our Newcomer Checklist, a list of “To Do” items that will help you prioritize and stay on track.

Sharing Experiences
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New Teacher Profile

Maritza Vasquez, a teacher at the Academy for Language and Technology in the Bronx, sees a lot of herself in her 9th-grade immigrant students. She said she’s able to relate “to everything they are feeling” because at one time she felt the same way. “I tell them I was a newcomer myself.”

New Teacher Diary

I asked my aunt, a former teacher, for her sage advice before I started teaching. Her 40-plus years in education had taught her myriad lessons, many of which she passed on to me. But I still had a lot to learn.

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