Chapter leader shoutout

February 7, 2019

Kudos to Deborah Navarro PS 226, Brooklyn

Chapter Leader Deborah Navarro has built a “union proud, union strong” chapter at PS 226 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, based on what she calls “true collaboration.” 


January 3, 2019

Kudos to Rose Marie Hannon PS/MS 47, Queens

Chapter Leader Rose-Marie Hannon is working hard to get a new roof over the heads of staff and students at PS/MS 47 to end the chronic leaks, mold and odors that plague the school in Broad Channel, Queens, and create a safe and healthy work environment.


December 6, 2018

Kudos to Amanda Walsh, PS/MS 108 in East Harlem

When her former principal at PS/MS 108 in East Harlem declared, “The UFT is bad for teachers, bad for students and bad for schools,” Chapter Leader Amanda Walsh accepted the challenge and stood up to him.

November 1, 2018

Kudos to Jason Klein, Medgar Evers Preparatory Academy, Brooklyn

Jason Klein, the chapter leader at Medgar Evers Preparatory Academy, is now the seventh round of his annual fight to bring class size under control in his high-achieving, overcrowded Bronx school.

October 4, 2018

Kudos to Sandra Amede, MS 61, Brooklyn

Equilibrium has returned to MS 61, a well-respected Crown Heights school in with a strong gifted-and-talented program, after its relentless chapter leader took steps to get a bullying principal removed.

September 6, 2018

Kudos to Patrick Bernal, Marble Hill HS for International Studies, the Bronx

Revitalizing the UFT chapter at Marble Hill HS for International Studies in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, says Chapter Leader Patrick Bernal, has been an important learning process for everyone.

July 5, 2018

Kudos to Michael Ferruso, Hillcrest HS, Queens

This year’s opening of a UFT Teacher Center at Hillcrest HS — where the school’s 240 educators now can earn CTLE hours at on-site workshops and gather for professional conversation and collaboration — may be the most celebrated achievement in Chapter Leader Michael Ferruso’s efforts to rebuild his chapter.

June 7, 2018

Kudos to Farrah Alexander, PS 64, Manhattan

There was no chapter leader at PS 64 in the East Village when teacher Farrah Alexander returned from maternity leave in September so she stepped up to the plate. “I know that complaining is not productive and that we should be working together, especially in a negotiating year and with so many anti-union threats facing us,” she said. “So I slowly raised my hand.”


May 3, 2018

Kudos to Christine Beck, PS 32, Staten Island

Although Christine Beck is a veteran 1st-grade teacher at PS 32, she’s brand new as a chapter leader and already making the union more of a presence at her Staten Island school.


April 5, 2018

Kudos to Diane Mendez, PS 92, the Bronx

Chapter Leader Diane Mendez pulled out every stop in her uphill fight — and ultimately unsuccessful bid — to save PS 92 in the Bronx from the chopping block.

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