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News | September 20, 2013 >>

Four UFT members were among those cited as “Hometown Heroes in Education” by the New York Daily News on Sept. 19 for outstanding service to their students, schools and communities.

Feature stories | September 5, 2013 >>

“Keep it simple, make it fun.” That’s chemistry teacher Dave Griffin’s motto, and it describes a teaching style that has earned him the accolades of those who count the most — his students.

News stories | September 5, 2013 >>

While Tricia Moses, the teacher featured for her courage and caring in the May 16 edition of the New York Teacher, continues to wait for a life-saving lung transplant, the New York Daily News has chosen her as a finalist for its Hometown Heroes in Education award.

Feature stories | June 27, 2013 >>

Music teacher Shanon Estreicher has shared his lifelong engagement with music with 600 youngsters in 20 classes weekly for seven years at PS/IS 127 in East Elmhurst.“It gives me the opportunity to give something to kids they wouldn’t get otherwise, something to carry with them,” he said.

Feature stories | June 27, 2013 >>

Generations of students at PS 399 in Brooklyn have benefited from Deborah Kennedy’s childhood love of dance.

Around the UFT | June 27, 2013 >>

Among the 300 people who packed the auditorium at Fordham University Law School at the June 12 Blackboard Awards ceremony were parents who are glad their children go to New York City public schools.

Feature stories | June 14, 2013 >>

Family child care provider Danna Santana teaches 14 children, ages 10 months to eight years, in her dual language program, Danna’s Family Day Care, in East Elmhurst. This February, she became the first provider to receive national accreditation in New York City.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

The Daily News has launched the “Hometown Heroes in Education” awards and is now accepting your nominations.

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.

Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>

With a burst of questions, comments and pointers, Theodora Dimopolous begins her 9th-grade film class at the Academy for Careers in Television and Film, a small, ethnically diverse high school in Long Island City.

News stories | May 30, 2013 >>

He’s been an educator, an activist and an aide to a state assemblyman. Now Mark Treyger, a civics teacher and UFT delegate from New Utrecht HS, hopes to serve his community as the next City Councilman from the 47th Council District in Brooklyn.

Feature stories | May 16, 2013 >>

Patrick Sprinkle, who won the 2013 James Madison Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards for American history teachers in the nation, is getting teenagers in the South Bronx fascinated with U.S. history and government.

Feature stories | May 16, 2013 >>

Teacher Tricia Moses' colleagues at PS 233 in Brooklyn threw a surprise fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for Moses, who is awaiting a lung transplant.

News stories | May 2, 2013 >>

When a six-year-old boy fell unconscious and turned blue in the school cafeteria on April 15, a paraprofessional and two teachers made quick decisions and took actions that saved the child’s life.

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.

Feature stories | April 11, 2013 >>

Along with the Babylonians, Archimedes, Ptolemy and Albert Einstein, students at MS 127 in the Bronx can get obsessive about the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. That’s because teacher Patricia Hazell makes sure that her promise to students — that they can grasp this math concept — is not just pi in the sky.

Feature stories | March 21, 2013 >>

Drama teacher Lisa-Erika James at Pan American International HS in Elmhurst, Queens, uses theater course and after-school theater program to teach English skills to her students, almost all of whom are recent immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America.

Feature stories | February 28, 2013 >>

The 9th-grader was hard at work on a large clay sculpture with a pleasing, organic shape reminiscent of one of sculptor Henry Moore’s more abstract pieces. 

Feature stories | January 31, 2013 >>

The rock star of PS 34 moves like a dervish among his students, getting them to work through a progression of basic chords. Basic rock chords, that is — a spin on teaching music that has turned blasé students into driven musicians. Students and colleagues at this school in Manhattan’s East Village say it’s all because of music teacher Ulises Soto.

Feature stories | January 31, 2013 >>

The children in Kate O'Hagan's 4th-grade class at PS 97 in Brooklyn are learning the serious business of being a grown-up in the Classroom Mini-Economy project.

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