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Chapter Leader Shoutout

Smoke Learner

Kudos to David Smoke, PS 315, and Cindy Lerner, PS 19, in Manhattan

When PS 315, the East Village Community School, moves on Sept. 8 into the First Avenue building that houses PS 19, the chapter leaders for the two Manhattan schools can take a bow for their work in ensuring a smooth merger that meets the needs of both chapters.


Emma Gomez

Kudos to Emma Gomez, PS 206, Queens

Emma Gomez, a new chapter leader job at PS 206 in Rego Park, Queens, organized an action every single weekday that month as part of the Queens UFT borough office’s March Madness initiative in schools to help boost morale and build strong chapters. 

Jason Bentsen, IS 72, Staten Island

Kudos to Jason Bentsen, IS 72, Staten Island

A shoutout to Jason Bentsen, the first-year chapter leader at IS 72 on Staten Island, for solving the safety issue of doors at the school that had no locks and sometimes even no doorknobs.

Christopher Arroyo

Kudos to Christopher Arroyo, Brooklyn School for Math and Research

Christopher Arroyo, the new chapter leader at the Brooklyn School for Math and Research in Bushwick, created the high school’s first-ever consultation committee in the fall, which immediately led to improvements in school safety and compensation for remote work.

Alaa Yousef

Kudos to Alaa Yousef, Park Slope Collegiate

Alaa Yousef was elected chapter leader at Park Slope Collegiate in Brooklyn this October, and in her first action in that role, she used the operational issues complaint process to get her members paid for instructional lunch periods. When those payments stopped, she resumed her fight.

Trevor Stokes

Kudos to Trevor Stokes, Midwood HS, Brooklyn

Midwood HS Chapter Leader Trevor Stokes used the leverage of the union’s operational issues complaint process to make sure every classroom and office at his school has an air purifier.