What I do

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.

October 6, 2016

What I do: Dalmarie Jones, residential specialist for United Cerebral Palsy of NYC

Dalmarie Jones and 700 other UFT members employed by United Cerebral Palsy of NYC work round the clock with cognitively and physically challenged children and adults, teaching skills to help them lead independent and quality lives.

July 7, 2016

What I Do: Valencia Edwards, teacher, Lorge School

Valencia Edwards has spent her 16-year career at the Lorge School, a non-public special education school in Chelsea with students who range in age from 5 to 21.

May 5, 2016

What I Do: Althea Hunter, school secretary

Althea Hunter is the school secretary for the principal, payroll and procurement at Fordham Academy for Leadership and Technology. After 29 years working in schools, she still loves her job.

March 3, 2016

What I Do: Peter Chang, hearing education related-service provider

For 13 years, Peter Chang has worked as a Hearing Education Related Service provider, helping hearing impaired and profoundly deaf students in Manhattan schools find their voices.

January 7, 2016

What I Do: Donna Korol, adult education teacher

Donna Koral has taught adult education and ESL for 29 years, the last seven teaching mostly Hispanic adults in a church community center in Williamsburg.

November 5, 2015

What I Do: Valerie O'Grady, hospital teacher

For three years, Valerie O'Grady has worked at the hospital school at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she teaches grades pre-K–12 at the bedside of burn-unit patients and grades 6–12 in a hospital classroom.

September 10, 2015

What I Do: Neil Tolciss, administrative law judge

For 14 years, Neil Tolciss has mediated hearings on possible violations of the city’s quality-of-life laws, such as noise, sanitation and fire codes.

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