What I do

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.

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.

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