What I do

July 5, 2018

Jennifer Brenon, Preschool teacher

Jennifer Brenon recently finished her second year at the Stanley S. Lamm Preschool for students with special needs in Windsor, Brooklyn. The school’s 40 staff members joined the UFT in 2008.

May 3, 2018

What I do: Dinah McCann, Adaptive physical education teacher

Adaptive physical education teachers help improve students’ locomotor skills, object control skills, perceptual motor function and physical fitness in a setting that focuses on differentiating instruction so it is developmentally and socially appropriate. And adaptive phys ed must be on a student’s IEP.

March 1, 2018

What I do: Hannah Brancato, teacher team leader

Brancato, a member of the UFT’s Teacher Assigned Chapter, supports 24 teacher leaders — new positions created in the 2014 UFT-DOE contract — in 11 schools in Brooklyn’s District 14.

January 4, 2018

What I do: Michele Singer, director of alcohol and substance abuse

With 42 years in the school system, first as a teacher and now as the senior member of the team of drug directors represented by the UFT, Michele Singer works to ensure students stay safe in the midst of the opioid crisis.

November 2, 2017

What I do: Lynda John, family child care provider

Lynda John has two grandchildren, but as a UFT member and group family day care provider, she has up to 16 other kids — from infants to preschoolers, plus older children after school — at any given time. It’s an investment, she says, in herself and in the future.

September 7, 2017

What I Do: Robert Otero, Audiologist

An educational audiologist serving District 75 and community schools in Brooklyn, Robert Otero ensures all students can hear their teachers loud and clear.

June 1, 2017

What I do: Liz Galvin, IEP teacher

Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.

April 6, 2017

What I do: Bernice Springer-Richards, school social worker

A decade as a school social worker has only strengthened Bernice Richards’ belief that no student is beyond saving — certainly not while she’s on the case.

February 2, 2017

What I do: Catherine Cirillo, supervisor of physical therapists

A senior supervisor to 60 school-based physical therapists in the Bronx, Catherine Cirillo inspires in her team something bosses rarely receive: respect and loyalty.

December 1, 2016

What I do: Janet Carter, school nurse

Janet Carter works at PS 107 in Flushing, Queens, where she provides vital support for students, including those with special medical needs.

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