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What I do | January 17, 2013 >>

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.

New teacher profiles | January 17, 2013 >>

His childhood was split between Puerto Rico and Brooklyn. At times he felt lost, hungry, angry. He harbored a wish to be a teacher but felt it wasn’t in the cards. Now, years later, Jeffrey Negron has landed on his feet and found his true home: a bilingual special education classroom in Manhattan.

Feature stories | January 17, 2013 >>

Every day, health educator Paula Boyd deals with some hard truths about life in the high school lane: Most of today’s teenagers eat badly, are sedentary and are often ignorant about sexually transmitted diseases. So she made herself into a one-woman wraparound-services coordinator.

Feature stories | December 20, 2012 >>

The wizard behind all the digital magic you see at the Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick, Brooklyn is Andrew Drozd, who teaches graphic arts and design and has students grappling with the ideas that university students are tackling.

Feature stories | December 20, 2012 >>

He is very likely the coolest grown-up they know: silver-shot brown hair down to his shoulders, tattoos of a blue swallow and treble clef on long thin hands that seem made for a conductor’s baton, and the intense look of a person who is completely immersed in his art. In Bill Levay’s case, it is the art of teaching music to young people.

News stories | October 18, 2012 >>

The students in Laura Pagoada’s 5th-grade English-as-a-second-language class at PS 75 in the Bronx were eating fruit salad when disaster struck. “Looking up, I saw one child grasping his throat and the other kids crying that he was choking,” Pagoada said. “I knew I had to do something fast.”

Feature stories | September 27, 2012 >>

How they welcomed the city’s littlest, biggest and in-between as another school year begins There were tears, fears and fun as kindergarteners experienced their first day of school at PS 315 in Manhattan, awesome rules at MS 244 in the Bronx, and smooth sailing for high schoolers at Cardozo HS in Queens.

Feature stories | September 27, 2012 >>

How they welcomed the city’s littlest, biggest and in-between as another school year begins There were tears, fears and fun as kindergarteners experienced their first day of school at PS 315 in Manhattan, awesome rules at MS 244 in the Bronx, and smooth sailing for high schoolers at Cardozo HS in Queens.

Feature stories | September 6, 2012 >>

In the South Bronx, a house is being built from the ground up — all inside a public career and technical education high school.

Around the UFT | September 6, 2012 >>

Eight public school teachers were among those honored at the 2012 Blackboard Awards, sponsored by Manhattan Media.

Feature stories | September 6, 2012 >>

Planet Earth has not been getting much TLC lately, but two city teachers are helping to turn that around by inspiring and training a new generation of ecologists and environmentalists. ELA teacher Pamela Scott of IS 52 in Inwood and science teacher Deborah Sarria of JHS 240 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, are just back from Washington, D.C., where they spent time networking and sharing their STEM project ideas with 11 other Youth Service America award winners from across the country.

Feature stories | June 28, 2012 >>

If all the teachers with professional theater, music and art backgrounds teaching in city schools today were brought together, they could launch an award-winning Broadway extravaganza. Percussionist Eric Kivnick would fit right in. His PS 48, Brooklyn, chorus brought 1,600 UFT members to their feet at the recent UFT Spring Education.

Around the UFT | May 10, 2012 >>

The school community at PS 57 on Staten Island was proud — but hardly surprised — when science teacher Patricia Lockhart won the 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators on April 10.

Feature stories | April 19, 2012 >>

It started years ago, a case of love at first sight. Eileen Winslow went to visit her sister-in-law, a paraprofessional, in her classroom one day. “I fell in love with the kids and went to the Board of Education and filled out all the paperwork,” Winslow said. So began her career as a para 22 years ago; now she is the matriarch of her school community and her large family clan.

What I do | April 19, 2012 >>

Working with just one public health aide, McMorrow provides nursing services to nearly 1,900 students at IS 234 in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

News stories | April 5, 2012 >>

She went out for a chicken wrap and came back a lifesaver. Cassandra Byrd-Scolaro, a 4th-grade teacher at PS 17, was at a local Williamsburg restaurant for lunch just before noon on March 21 when she heard a commotion. A waitress had just broken into a bathroom stall, revealing the body of a lifeless young woman.

Feature stories | March 22, 2012 >>

Gold stars for jobs well done may thrill the little ones, but for middle school students, stars don’t cut it. That’s been the experience of Chapter Leader Jeffrey Williams of PS/MS 37 in the Bronx. But one imaginative teacher, Helena Itak, has come up with a solution that has kids so engaged that there are no serious behavior incidents in her classroom.

Retired teachers chapter news | March 22, 2012 >>

It was a party atmosphere at UFT headquarters on Feb. 27 as Ann Kessler, one of the founders of the union, was honored at her 95th birthday celebration. "I've been involved with the union for 60 years," Kessler said. "I was elected chapter chair of my school, then Al Shanker asked me to run as district leader ... 60 years later, here I am."

What I do | March 22, 2012 >>

Teaching men and women over 18 who are in conflict with the criminal justice system, Byass belongs to a non-DOE chapter, the Consortium for Worker Education. This non-profit agency is an arm of the New York City Central Labor Council, created to provide all New Yorkers access to career training programs. His site is the Osborne Association in the Bronx.

Feature stories | March 8, 2012 >>

They look like images from a super-powerful telescope aimed at the sky, rendered in radiant bursts of color. They are fractals: geometric descriptions of natural phenomena that do not conform to Euclidean geometry. Thanks to the work of math teacher Bryan Stern, students at Brooklyn’s IS 259 had their fractal work on display at a Bay Ridge fine art gallery.

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