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Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Learning in a 4th-grade class and an 8th-grade math class in two Bensonhurst schools has been transformed by 3D computers.

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.

New teacher profiles | June 5, 2014 >>

Karen Lew, a second-year social studies teacher at IS 125 in Woodside, has created a hands-on curriculum that meets the needs of her self-contained classes.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

Habeeb Hussaini — one of 11 guidance counselors at Hillcrest HS in Jamaica — uses magic tricks and myriad other strategies to connect with the nearly 200 at-risk students. “It’s all about building rapport and getting them to trust me,” he says.

Around the UFT | May 15, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew paused after saying those words aloud while reading an excerpt from the essay “Why Teach” during the launch for math teacher Jose Vilson’s book “This is Not a Test” at UFT headquarters on May 6.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

For proof that the influence of a great teacher can last a lifetime, look no further than Sandra Mittelman, who retired in 2012 after teaching English at Russell Sage JHS in Forest Hills for 21 years.

Feature stories | April 17, 2014 >>

A pink-clad dynamo of a teacher, Vera Fried inspired students to think differently. They never forgot -- one just put her in his Hollywood movie.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

The morning started out like any other Monday for Tanisha Gill, a 1st-grade teacher at PS 66 in the Bronx. Then as Gill exited the No. 2 train at Freeman Street on March 31 on her way to school, she was approached on the platform by a girl who asked for help.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

News that a snowplow in a nearby supermarket parking lot had backed into and killed the pregnant mother of a 1st-grader at PS 69 on Feb. 13 galvanized the school staff and the whole Sunset Park community.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

In Tom Sangiorgi’s chemistry class at Townsend Harris HS in Flushing, Queens, chemistry isn’t just something students learn — it’s something they experience.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Two Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work at Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center were among those who responded to the appeal for medical volunteers to help in the relief effort. The two young nurses used their vacation time for the two-week mission, where they treated the sick and injured at makeshift health clinics.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

The terrifying episode began as writing specialist Vanessa Veal’s 1st-grade students at PS 75 in the South Bronx filed into class after lunch and she saw a six-year-old girl with her hands around her throat. “That’s a classic symbol of choking," she said.

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.

Feature stories | February 6, 2014 >>

Beatriz Cordoba from PS 212 in Gravesend, Brooklyn officially teaches theater. But with an eclectic background in art, dance, music, theater and stage combat, she combines all her expertise into a unique program she has dubbed “dramarts.”

Feature stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Eleanor Terry has a contagioius enthusiasm for math. The Brooklyn high school teacher assigns math projects relevant to students' lives and interests, from conducting voter exit polls to calculating potential college loan payments.

Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Revving up with a run. I woke up at a quarter to five. I like to do a morning run to get my day going so I’m active and prepared for the first day. The whole time I was focused on what I should expect.

Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>

First-day jitters. I started my day at 4:30 a.m. I really couldn’t sleep; I was restless and stressed, thinking about wanting to make sure my classroom was just right for my students. I’m a sixth-year teacher and tenured, and I still feel like that on the first day.

Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Pastries for everyone. I got up at 5 a.m. and got ready for work. I made Greek desserts to welcome our new staff. I think it’s important to not only have a warm welcome for students, but teachers as well. And sugary delights during the day give us a high energy level! So I carted in my trays of cookies.

Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Burn out? It’s not in Gloria Sfiroudis’ vocabulary. The 50-year veteran teacher headed back to PS 229 in Woodside in September with as much bounce in her step as she had in 1953.

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.

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