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Christine McNamara from PS 23, a District 75 school in Queens, celebrates with h

They hold ‘the entire school together’

The 33rd annual UFT and DOE School Counselor Recognition Day Awards Ceremony on May 31 at the UFT’s Brooklyn borough office recognized the contributions of 26 school counselors from all around the city.

Sarah Wiesel, a speech therapist at PS 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and her s

Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration

Thirty-two student projects were honored May 30 at the 13th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, where about 200 students, parents and speech and hearing providers gathered in Shanker Hall for a ceremony and dinner.

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School teacher Elizabeth Kullman is flanked

Teacher and counselor honored for saving co-worker

UFT members Connor Valvo, a teacher at Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, and Janu Williams, a school counselor at the HS for Sports Management, both in Brooklyn, were honored by the city DOE in June for providing lifesaving assistance to colleague Elizabeth Kullman last November.

All the honorees take the stage with (from left) UFT President Michael Mulgrew a

Daniel Dromm Scholarship Brunch

The second annual Daniel Dromm Scholarship Brunch at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on June 1 kicked off Pride Month, honored members of the LGBTQ community past and present and honored five high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships for being exemplary students and LGBTQ student activists.

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Nurse Recognition Day

“You have different skills, certification and education, but you all have the ability to stand up in the middle of chaos — no matter how crazy it gets — and say, ‘This person matters,’” Anne Goldman, the head of the Federation of Nurses/UFT and the UFT vice president for non-DOE members, told the nurses attending the union’s sixth annual Nurse Recognition Day on April 30.

Dorothy A. Kelen of PS 78 in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx is saluted

School Nurse Recognition Day Dinner

At their annual recognition dinner at union headquarters ion May 8, school nurses celebrated each other, their union and their mission of compassionate caring for the students in New York City public schools.

Awaiting their turn on stage, winners listen to guest speakers.

Realizing their dreams

The UFT presented $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships to 180 seniors from public high schools throughout the city and also honored eight graduate students on May 14 at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at union headquarters in Manhattan. The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the annual $1 million scholarship awards celebration.

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Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony

"We are not babysitters, we are early childhood educators serving New York,” Chapter Chair Tammie Miller said on May 11 as UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter members gathered for the union’s sixth annual Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.

Every student gets a chance to participate in the morning routine.

‘Teaching is her life’

Zenzile DaBreo, a kindergarten teacher at PS/IS 109 in Brooklyn, was honored with the Sanford Teacher Award as the “most inspirational teacher” in New York State. “We only have two rules in my classroom: be respectful and be responsible,” she says.

‘Nothing to prove anymore’

More than 70 CTE educators — and the success of career and technical education in city public schools — were celebrated at the UFT’s 2019 Career and Technical Education Awards Ceremony on Feb. 8 at UFT headquarters in lower Manhattan.