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Jennifer Guga (left) of PS 203 in Brooklyn gets some help from UFT Vice Presiden
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Jennifer Guga (left) of PS 203 in Brooklyn gets some help from UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford and Mavis Yon (right), the chapter leader at PS 156, Brooklyn.

More than 1,400 new teachers kicked off the school year by attending New Teacher Week, which took place Aug. 21–25 at UFT borough offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Representatives from both the UFT and the Department of Education were on hand to answer questions about salary, tenure, health benefits, certification, pension and more. New teachers also had the opportunity to attend three-hour professional learning sessions geared toward specific themes and grade levels, with topics ranging from assessment in prekindergarten classrooms to classroom management in high schools. “The information at the fair and the workshops was a nice overview of what I need to look for moving forward,” said Maribeth Dono, who will be teaching 2nd grade at PS 10 in Brooklyn. “Everyone was welcoming and knowledgeable,” said Kathryn O’Brien, who will be teaching kindergarten at PS 44 in Brooklyn.