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Helping students

Helping students in need in honor of his son

Retired Tottenville HS teacher runs a foundation named for his late son that continues his son's good works, anonymously helping students in need with expenses such as SAT and college application fees, sports team dues, senior year events, tutoring and Chromebooks for doing homework.

A woman leading a group through the park

A steward of flora and fauna

Deborah Dolan, a retired literacy instructor, is a member of the Vital Volunteers of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, helping to create an awareness of the Bronx park among its users and to plant the seeds for nurturing the park well into the future.

Ann Mackey golf

Fostering fellowship on the fairway

Retiree Ann Mackey founded the Coastal New Jersey Chapter of the LPGA Amateurs, the recreational amateur arm of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, fostering fellowship on the fairway and empowering women, one golf swing at a time.

Loretta Nardone

‘Every doll has a story’

Retired elementary school teacher Loretta Nardone never outgrew her childhood love of dolls. Instead, she took her collection of dolls from around the world into her classrooms, where she incorporated them into lessons about different cultures and traditions. 

Making fashion cents

Making fashion cents

It started with a bag of used clothing that Bambi Falvo meant to donate. Now Falvo, who retired in 2019 after 32 years of teaching, is an online entrepreneur who specializes in reselling new and used clothing.

An elderly woman sits by a table in her art studio surrounded by her drawings and paintings.

Etching is her passion

Barbara Zietchick began taking painting lessons and learning about printmaking while she was still a kindergarten teacher on Staten Island in the 1980s. Now, 37 years after her retirement, Zietchick’s lifetime commitment to “change and growth” continues through her award-winning work.

Reviving Knothole

Reviving the ‘Knothole’ gang

Retired teacher Peter Cohn is the driving force in the effort to reopen the Knothole Museum, a shuttered historical site in Nassau County on Long Island.

 Linda Horton shell

Paddling through retirement

“Kayaking is my happy place,” says retired school secretary Linda Horton. That includes kayaking under sunny skies on quiet Lake Mahopac in Putnam County, New York, where Horton lives, but also much more.

A woman with white hair and a pink shirt smiles while sitting at a desk.

Protecting NYers through COVID tracing team

Retired science teacher Virginia Jackson had been off the job only a month before she was recruited in March 2020 to work in the COVID Test and Trace Corps of New York City.

UFT retiree Rosemary DelValle dresses as Merry Rose the Clown

Now she’s the class clown

Rosemary DelValle served as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx and Manhattan for 38 years. Now retired, DelValle has transferred all the skills she honed to engage and motivate students to her new role as Merry Rose the Clown.