What I do

January 16, 2014

What I do: Barbara Mercaldo, school psychologist

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.

November 14, 2013

What I do: Danielle O’Connell, Hearing Education Services teacher

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.

September 26, 2013

What I do: Mary Murphy, LYFE program teacher

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.

June 27, 2013

What I do: Diane Betancourt, attendance teacher

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.

May 30, 2013

What I do: Mark Bledstein, teacher, Little Red School House

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.

May 2, 2013

What I Do: Debra Tasioudis, special education achievement coach

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.

March 21, 2013

What I Do: Doreen Berrios-Castillo, payroll secretary

A school aide dreaming of being a school secretary since 1992, Doreen Berrios-Castillo got her license, became a secretary in 2004 and has been at Manhattan’s PS 102 for two years.

February 14, 2013

What I do: Marie Edelstein, preschool special education teacher

Since 1982, Edelstein has been a preschool teacher for special needs children at the private, nonprofit Block Institute in Brooklyn.

January 17, 2013

What I do: Sandy Robinson, speech therapist

Working in the city’s public schools as a speech therapist for 29 years, Robinson has spent the last eight at PS 92 in Harlem.

December 6, 2012

What I do: Kate Lombardi-Haire, visiting nurse

Working in the field of community health nursing for more than 15 years, Lombardi-Haire has been with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York for the past eight.

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