Chapter leader shoutout

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.

April 1, 2010

Provider profile: Corey Ortega, Harlem

Corey Ortega is a real renaissance man. In addition to his work as a group family child care provider in Harlem, he works as a special assistant to the neighborhood’s state assemblyman, Keith L.T. Wright, a position he has used to help other providers navigate the challenges of the profession.

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