Chapter leader shoutout

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.

March 1, 2018

Kudos to Freddie Cole, P 754, the Bronx

When his principal unilaterally increased the teaching load of teachers of severely emotionally disturbed students in his multi-site high school, P 754 Chapter Leader Freddie Cole immediately filed a grievance — and won.

February 1, 2018

Kudos to Maria Belkadi, PS 212, Brooklyn

PS 212 Chapter Leader Maria Belkadi has made creative use of the School-Based Option process in the UFT-Department of Education contract to make it possible for UFT members at the school in Gravesend, Brooklyn to be more actively involved with parents and community in after-school and weekend activities

January 4, 2018

Kudos to Franco Scardino, Townsend Harris HS, Queens

As the chapter leader at Townsend Harris HS in Queens, Franco Scardino was the linchpin in mobilizing staff, parents and alumni to prod the Department of Education to remove a principal who violated the contract and harassed teachers.

December 7, 2017

Kudos to Bennett Fischer PS 231 @ PS 54, Brooklyn

Bennett Fischer, the chapter leader at PS 231 @ PS 54 in Brooklyn, seized on the UFT’s new protocol to confront redundant and excessive paperwork to address three big paperwork issues at his District 75 K–8 school.

November 2, 2017

Kudos to Joseph Valentin, MS 51, Brooklyn

MS 51 Chapter Leader Joseph Valentin’s relentless drive to increase the amount of COPE contributions at his Park Slope school is paying off — it’s up 30 percent from last September and climbing.

October 5, 2017

Kudos to Andrea Frederick-Marsh, PS 140, the Bronx

PS 140 Chapter Leader Andrea Frederick-Marsh’s creation of the first consultation committee at her school in the Longwood section of the Bronx has quickly paid off in a stronger, better-informed chapter that is able to head off problems before they mushroom into grievances.

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