Dorothy Callaci

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

‘It’s about the student’

Sloan Award winner Krishna Mahabir of Grover Cleveland HS in Queens was recognized for his outstanding work and commitment to students in mathematics and science, but he insists “teaching is an art form.”

Kudos to Maria Belkadi, PS 212, Brooklyn

PS 212 Chapter Leader Maria Belkadi has made creative use of the School-Based Option process in the UFT-Department of Education contract to make it possible for UFT members at the school in Gravesend, Brooklyn to be more actively involved with parents and community in after-school and weekend activities

Winter wonderland for homeless kids

With the season's first snowfall dusting the streets, the holidays came early for 150 homeless children who celebrated at the annual holiday party hosted by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless on Dec. 9.

Honorees warned of latest threats to unions

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on new retirees “to fight back on the issues that affect us” as threats to workers' rights intensify, when he addressed the union’s annual luncheon held in their honor at the New York Hilton on Nov. 21.

‘Every year, I learn more and more’

Strategies to help New York City’s public school children become socially and academically successful were the focus of the eighth annual UFT Parent Conferences held in each borough and the thousands who attended them in the fall.

Rugby scores at Park Slope school

At Brooklyn middle school, academics is a team player in championship rugby program.

Kudos to Bennett Fischer PS 231 @ PS 54, Brooklyn

Bennett Fischer, the chapter leader at PS 231 @ PS 54 in Brooklyn, seized on the UFT’s new protocol to confront redundant and excessive paperwork to address three big paperwork issues at his District 75 K–8 school.

Real-life superhero

A Brooklyn teacher saved the life of a stranger, donating her kidney to a young mother in need and teaching the students at PS 222 that superheroes really do exist.

Response team saves custodian in East Harlem

School custodian Luis Diaz is alive today thanks to the heroic efforts of the Building Response Team at co-located PS 83/182 in East Harlem.

Kudos to Joseph Valentin, MS 51, Brooklyn

MS 51 Chapter Leader Joseph Valentin’s relentless drive to increase the amount of COPE contributions at his Park Slope school is paying off — it’s up 30 percent from last September and climbing.

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