What I do

February 7, 2019

What I do: Kathy Zeltmann, occupational therapist

Kathy Zeltmann works at PS 71 and Grover Cleveland HS, both in Ridgewood, Queens, helping students to discover the skills they have and develop them so they have the best possible chance to learn and to achieve their best possible life.

December 6, 2018

What I do: Janet Caba, college counselor

Janet Caba is a college counselor at West Bronx Academy for the Future, a small Grade 6–12 school where each year she helps the graduating class of about 50 students make decisions about their higher education.

October 4, 2018

What I do: Gloria Weiss, Consortium for Worker Education teacher

Gloria Weiss has worked for 20 years at the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), the workforce development arm of the New York City Central Labor Council.

July 5, 2018

What I do: 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. 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.

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