VP for Academic High Schools
Janella T. Hinds brings a wealth of experience in both education and labor to her work as vice president for academic high schools.
Janella earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in African-American studies from Princeton University and her master's in social studies education from New York University. She worked from 1996 to 2004 as a social studies teacher, dean, and conflict resolution specialist at high schools in central Brooklyn. She then worked as the public policy director of the New York State AFL-CIO. Janella brought her experience as a teacher and policy analyst back to the UFT in 2006 as a special representative, advocating for struggling schools and making sure the educator’s voice is heard in discussions of teacher evaluations, school innovation and governance.
Janella was elected vice president of academic high schools in 2012. As vice president, Janella champions equity for students and empowerment for educators in each of the vast array of NYC high schools. Since her election, she has also proudly taught global history and geography to students at the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn.
In addition to her responsibilities at the UFT, Janella has been re-elected to serve a second four-year term as secretary-treasurer of the NYC Central Labor Council. In that role, she is responsible for fiduciary oversight of this umbrella labor organization, which represents 1.3 million workers in about 400 public- and private-sector unions.
UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds writes that high school educators routinely face challenges, and during the pandemic, we found little joy. Connecting with our quest for joy in our craft remains an undeniable part of our work. But how? The answer: school-based, collective solutions.