Maria Ponciano, PS 280, Queens
Maria Ponciano, the chapter leader at PS 280 in Jackson Heights, uses social media, email, Whats App, Google Slides and other technology to keep her members engaged and informed.
Kristin Golat-Defendis, MS 51, Brooklyn
Kristin Golat-Defendis, the chapter leader at MS 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, stood up to an abusive principal. On Jan. 30, 2023, the principal was transferred out of the school.
David Ephross, PS/IS 308, Brooklyn
David Ephross secured much-needed bathroom repairs at PS/IS 308 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, after repeated requests to the principal were unheeded.
Ramona Abraham-Coley, NYC Museum School, Manhattan
Museum School Chapter Leader Ramona Abraham-Coley successfully used the school-based option process in the DOE-UFT contract to organize her members and arrive at a new staff schedule for this school year that works for both her members and the administration.
Faiza Khalid, PS 36, Manhattan
Faza Khalid, the chapter leader at PS 36 in Harlem, used the consultation process to get some unwelcome guests kicked off school grounds this year: a troop of rowdy raccoons.
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.