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What I do
What I do | July 7, 2016 >>
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.
What I do | May 5, 2016 >>
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.
What I do | March 3, 2016 >>
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.
What I do | January 7, 2016 >>
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.
What I do | November 5, 2015 >>
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.
What I do | September 10, 2015 >>
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.
What I do | June 4, 2015 >>
Nancy Miller, a member of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, has worked at Staten Island University Hospital for 34 years, the last six in the post-anesthesia care unit at the hospital’s South site.
What I do | April 2, 2015 >>
For three years, school psychologist Reid Olmstead has counseled special-needs students at P 186, a District 75 school for special-needs students in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
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.