New teacher profiles

May 20, 2010

Poetry and positivity

They’re at that stage when they’re into writing poems and are dying to stay out all night at a cool downtown poetry cafe, but can’t because they’re only in 9th grade. So Elizabeth Carmichael brings the poetry cafe to them.

April 15, 2010

They write of the living dead

Among the first things Jared Beloff bought with his UFT Teacher Center Mini-Grant were “bottles of blood.” These are important materials for anyone teaching at School of the Dead in Queens, where teenage zombies, entitled to a public school education like all city kids, come to learn their ABCs.

March 18, 2010

A passion for teaching — and her union

She loves the innocent, inquisitive energy of kindergarteners — and she loves the intense, roiling energy of rallies, political campaigns and election night. She’s proud that she has a positive impact on children’s lives — and is steamed at how negatively the media portrays teachers. Like any new teacher, Ashley Alvarado wishes there were more hours in a day to get everything done — yet she makes the time to serve as a UFT delegate.

February 18, 2010

Throwing rubber chickens in paradise

It’s not your father’s gym class. Or yours for that matter, whether you were an athlete or the kid who got tapped last. “I don’t do the ‘old gym,’” said Sara Giaimo, a fourth-year physical education teacher who has brought new energy, ideas and fun to PS 101 in Queens.

January 11, 2010

He sees the light: Former nightclub doorman leaves star-studded nightlife for a teaching career

He used to be the guy with the clipboard by the velvet ropes deciding whether you were thin enough, gorgeous enough and rich enough to get through the hallowed doors of Manhattan’s hottest clubs. “My job was to do everything to keep people out. Now my job is to get everyone involved and drawn in,” said Phil Grubler.

November 26, 2009

Social justice, community activism and lots of [fair trade] chocolate

Fifth-graders have opinions, Liav Shapiro finds. In fact, they already have lots of them and are eager to debate ideas.

October 1, 2009

Now teaching gets his motor running

He traded in his partnership at a Brooklyn garage for teaching automotive shop at Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical HS on Staten Island.

June 29, 2009

Mail bonding

While his contemporaries are texting and tweeting, Daniel Stein is waiting for hand-illustrated letters to arrive in Alquizar, a town about 50 miles south of Havana.

May 21, 2009

Untenured — but undeterred

In rain or shine, snow or frigid temperatures or bitter wind — and always without tenure — new teachers at JHS 8 in Queens stood outside the school early every morning for 44 weekdays in a row starting in March to protest an abusive principal.

April 23, 2009

Not ‘practical’ — but worth it

By becoming a teacher, Laura Breach followed her dream and not her family’s advice. Her students make her glad she did.

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