What I do

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.

June 4, 2015

What I Do: Nancy Miller, registered nurse

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.

April 2, 2015

What I Do: Reid Olmstead, school psychologist

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.

February 5, 2015

What I Do: Vasilios Tselios, senior occupational therapist

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

December 4, 2014

What I Do: Lindsay Orcutt, teacher of the blind and visually impaired

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.

October 2, 2014

What I Do: Matthew Colacurto, GED teacher

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.

June 5, 2014

What I Do: Jessica Dickson, associate ed officer

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

April 17, 2014

What I do: Danielle Chisolm, paraprofessional

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.

March 6, 2014

What I Do: Peri Lyman, teacher in nonpublic schools

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.

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