What I do

What I do | February 5, 2015 >>

For five years, Vasilios Tselios taught students with autism to self-regulate at PS 177/The Robin Sue Ward School in Queens.

What I do | December 4, 2014 >>

For 10 years, Orcutt has taught students from around the city who are blind or visually impaired strategies for learning and independence. "I tell them my job is to put myself out of a job," she says.

What I do | October 2, 2014 >>

A Pathways to Graduation teacher who has for 15 years helped older students get their high school equivalency diplomas, most recently from a site in Harlem.

What I do | June 5, 2014 >>

Jessica Dickson is an associate education officer for special education who works out of a DOE office building in Long Island City.

What I do | April 17, 2014 >>

Danielle Chisolm has worked as a paraprofessional at the East River Academy on Rikers Island for seven years. The academy is jointly operated by the Department of Education and the Department of Corrections and enables young people to pursue a high school diploma or GED while they are incarcerated.

What I do | March 6, 2014 >>

Peri Lyman, a member of the non-public schools chapter, has worked as a reading teacher for the Department of Education in non-public schools for 22 years. She currently serves two Catholic schools in Queens.

What I do | January 16, 2014 >>

Barbara Mercaldo has worked in city schools as a school psychologist for 22 years, most recently in three Manhattan schools: PS 125, PS 36 and Columbia Secondary School.

What I do | November 14, 2013 >>

Danielle O’Connell has been a Hearing Education Services teacher for eight years, the last seven in a self-contained classroom of 12 children in grades 3-5 at P4 at PS 109 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

What I do | September 26, 2013 >>

Mary Murphy has been a certified teacher in the Living for the Young Family through Education program for 17 years. Since last year, she’s been at Port Richmond HS in Staten Island. LYFE provides child care for teen parents enrolled in high school or the GED program and helps them learn parenting skills as well.

What I do | June 27, 2013 >>

Diane Betancourt has been an attendance teacher for seven years, first based at various community schools and for the past three years at District 75 schools PS 23 and PS 233 in Queens.

What I do | May 30, 2013 >>

Working at Little Red’s Elisabeth Irwin HS since 1968, this history teacher is part of the history of the famous 92-year-old progressive private school in Greenwich Village whose members are represented by the UFT.

What I do | May 2, 2013 >>

A special education achievement coach and a member of the Teachers Assigned Chapter, Debra Tasioudis is one of about 400 UFT members who are former classroom teachers based at DOE offices, where they work in a support capacity for schools.

What I do | March 21, 2013 >>

A school aide dreaming of being a school secretary since 1992, Doreen Berrios-Castillo got her license, became a secretary in 2004 and has been at Manhattan’s PS 102 for two years.

What I do | February 14, 2013 >>

Since 1982, Edelstein has been a preschool teacher for special needs children at the private, nonprofit Block Institute in Brooklyn.

What I do | January 17, 2013 >>

Working in the city’s public schools as a speech therapist for 29 years, Robinson has spent the last eight at PS 92 in Harlem.

What I do | December 6, 2012 >>

Working in the field of community health nursing for more than 15 years, Lombardi-Haire has been with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York for the past eight.

What I do | November 1, 2012 >>

Starting out as a special education teacher in 1993, Hernandez-Rosenberg became a guidance counselor in 2001 and works at IS 285 in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

What I do | September 27, 2012 >>

For 10 years — the last three as UFT chapter leader of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC, Residences Chapter — Baucicault has worked at The Landings in Brooklyn’s Starrett City, where she helps adults with cerebral palsy living either in that residence or in their own homes.

What I do | June 28, 2012 >>

Starting her career in September 2011, White works at PS 536 at PS 102 in the Bronx, where she was elected chapter leader this June.

What I do | May 24, 2012 >>

Based at PS 140 in the Lower East Side and in charge of 14 downtown schools, Smaltz has been keeping children and adults safe for 26 years.

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