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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

There ‘because they care’
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Queens secretaries Jessica Dinzey (left) of Energy Tech HS and Silvia Ortiz Perez of IS 145 team up in one of the workshops.

“There’s always something new to learn” at the UFT’s School Secretaries Chapter events, said Gloria Cahill, the secretary at PS 182 in Jamaica, Queens. Cahill, in her first year as a school secretary, said her new job is “very hectic,” but she doesn’t “feel alone” thanks to the support of the union. The annual School Secretaries Seminar, held this year on Jan. 11 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, was one event where secretaries from all over the city found support. The secretaries attended presentations on paid parental leave, the rollout of the new version of the payroll program CyberShift, and the UFT’s Empower, Organize, Engage campaign. Doreen Berrios-Castillo, the UFT chapter leader for school secretaries, said her members must be “computer savvy” but also have people skills, as they care for students, parents and staff. School secretaries devote a Saturday to professional development every year “because they care,” said Berrios-Castillo. “They want to grow and learn. That’s where passion comes in.”

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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Fallon Connolly, the school secretary at PS 16 in Queens, and Lisa Duca, the secretary at PS 101 in Queens, look over seminar materials together.

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Looking over some seminar materials are UFT School Secretaries Chapter Leader Doreen Berros-Castillo and Gloria Cahill, a secretary at PS 182 in Queens.

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Tanisha Franks, a UFT educational liaison on Staten Island, gives a presentation about paid parental leave.

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Secretaries listen attentively to presenters.

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Marjorie Chin, a school secretary at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, makes a comment during a workshop.

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The UFT School Secretaries Chapter executive board and delegates show their union pride.

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Camille Orta, a school secretary at IS 246 in Brooklyn, raises a question during a discussion.

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Lisa Lombardi, a school secretary at PS 212 in Brooklyn, participates in a discussion.

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Gloria Cahill, the secretary at PS 182 in Queens, was joined by her husband William (right).

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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Fallon Connolly, the school secretary at PS 16 in Queens, and Lisa Duca, the secretary at PS 101 in Queens, look over seminar materials together.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Looking over some seminar materials are UFT School Secretaries Chapter Leader Doreen Berros-Castillo and Gloria Cahill, a secretary at PS 182 in Queens.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Tanisha Franks, a UFT educational liaison on Staten Island, gives a presentation about paid parental leave.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Secretaries listen attentively to presenters.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Marjorie Chin, a school secretary at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, makes a comment during a workshop.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

The UFT School Secretaries Chapter executive board and delegates show their union pride.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Camille Orta, a school secretary at IS 246 in Brooklyn, raises a question during a discussion.

Miller Photography
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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Lisa Lombardi, a school secretary at PS 212 in Brooklyn, participates in a discussion.

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School Secretaries Seminar 2020

Gloria Cahill, the secretary at PS 182 in Queens, was joined by her husband William (right).

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