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
Gehan Habashy helps students create self-portraits overlaid with identity poems
New Teacher Profile

Immigrant students at the International HS for Health Sciences in Queens can relate to visual arts teacher Gehan Habashy, who was born and raised in Egypt.

New Teacher Diary

Sparrows nesting above my school's front entrance listened exceptionally well and requested nothing in return. In their own small way, they kept me going long enough until I found what I needed within myself to do the job well.


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