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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

Nick Ascienzo

Math teacher ‘pledging his passion’  Read More »

Joe Satriano

Graduates get help from someone who’s been there  Read More »

Pam Agan-Smith

New York shines for third time in national school psychologist honor  Read More »

Mike Comet and Bruce Rohr

Students benefit most from this lucrative partnership  Read More »

West Seneca Teachers Association

West Seneca Teachers Association Cares!  Read More »

Coach Aaron Fiorini

Camden coach saves life with AED  Read More »

Kimberly Williams

Science students work to give baby turtles a fighting chance  Read More »

James Gang

For this Hamburg teacher, it's all about the cause  Read More »

Carol Miller

School counselor wins statewide recognition  Read More »

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons  Read More »

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace  Read More »

Backpacks packed with food and compassion

Backpacks packed with food and compassion  Read More »

Teacher creates art to promote social justice

Teacher creates art to promote social justice  Read More »

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help  Read More »

HOPe-Helping Other People

HOPe-Helping Other People  Read More »

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry  Read More »

Teaching more than music through music

Penny Prince, Professional Staff Congress  Read More »

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade  Read More »

Sherry Roy

School nurse treats more than student illness  Read More »

Amy Parr

Cooperstown teacher offers farm-fresh curriculum  Read More »

Karen Flewelling

Retiree has a thirst for giving  Read More »

Amy Jo Southworth

Bay Shore librarian named American Association of School Librarians Frances Henne Award winner  Read More »

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association awards $10,000 in scholarships  Read More »

Justine Davies

Student-scientists take to the river  Read More »

Anthony Pantaleno

‘Helping’ program helps Elwood school counselor win national honor  Read More »

Mike Garbowski

Class project honors Sandy Hook victims  Read More »

Jay Broad

Advocate for students and senior citizens  Read More »

Sunshine Miller

Exploring ideas, cultures and traditions through music  Read More »

Peter Carner

Schuylerville Teacher Creates Night School to Combat Curriculum Challenges  Read More »

Michele Dodenhoff

Hicksville Teacher voted Long Island's “Teacher of the Month”  Read More »

Matt Erickson

It’s no mystery: Book signing helps Sandy victims  Read More »

Hicksville Congress of Teachers participate in "Red Scarf Project"

Members provide warmth and encouragement to foster students  Read More »

Molly Reilly

Teacher honored by business community as “Emerging Leader”  Read More »

Matt Rozell

History teacher, students chronicle WW II veterans’ stories  Read More »

Frank Musto

Helping families heal through art  Read More »

Jeff Spierling

Teacher introduces students to "real-life" soldier of the Revolutionary War  Read More »

Scott Sweeney

Carthage mechanic fixing’ to beat the best  Read More »

Andrew Beiter

What you do matters!  Read More »

Read all about it: Harrison Circle of Books

Jennifer Horowitz & Jennifer Markarian  Read More »

Jeff Tooker

East Greenbush teacher responds to fire calls... even on his lunch hour  Read More »

Michael Andrejkovics

Mr A's annual math-themed rap challenge  Read More »

Holland Patent Tornado Squad

Students and staff make a difference in Birmingham, Alabama  Read More »

Joe Satriano

“Some guy named Joe”  Read More »

Hicksville teachers rock the house

Seven teachers perform with their bands to raise money for Embrace Global  Read More »

Kim Holtz

Hicksville special education teacher serves as liaison to SEPTA  Read More »

Mrs. Cook & Mrs. Borst

Riverhead Charter School teachers lead students in Open Spaces Stewardship Program through Brookhaven Lab  Read More »

Christina Bangel

Yorkers Local History Club leads community project  Read More »

Peg Weidemann

Horseheads High School Library  Read More »

John Rossillo

The Lindenhurst High School Vegetable Garden: “It takes a village to grow a garden”  Read More »

Danny Fairchild

Dryden teacher has 'green dreams'  Read More »

Pam Wilkie

School Psychologist of the Year focuses on prevention  Read More »

Elizabeth Peters

Counselor helps inspire a new tradition of giving  Read More »

Hicksville Teacher’s “Heart”–Warming Effort to “Go Red for Women”

Teacher raises awareness in the fight against heart disease  Read More »

Scott Starkey, Hicksville teacher & published Author

Set out to write a book that children would love to read  Read More »

Tom Glenn

Encouraging students to jump rope for a great cause  Read More »

Yorktown teachers serve up help for hungry

Teachers take over a local restaurant to raise money for the Yorktown food pantry.  Read More »

NYSUT Members Define Excellence

NYSUT members define excellence. See more ..  Read More »

Mary Jo Sawyko

A wonderful friend, teacher and colleague.  Read More »

Connetquot Teachers Association

Stepping up to donate, collect, and deliver groceries.  Read More »

Joseph Surgot

Quick to act and save a life  Read More »

Peter Giangaspro

Servicing our community and bringing charity to those in need  Read More »

Beth Taylor-Devlin

Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage  Read More »

Cori Kinns

Helping comes naturally to Cori Kinns  Read More »

Jim McAndrew

Helping clean up a community after a disaster  Read More »

Wendy Cooper

Driving the "Healthy Highway" initiative to bring better nutrition to our schools.  Read More »

Sally Clinton

Using cookies to teach lessons both inside and outside the classroom  Read More »

Rosanne Mamo

Making our world a little bit cleaner and greener.  Read More »

Ryan Candurra

Quick-thinking teacher saves referee  Read More »

Laura Addison-Lamon

A teacher remembers her deployment to the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard soon after 9/11.  Read More »

Kathleen Ferguson

SED names Teacher of the Year  Read More »

Andy Sako

Going green meets community and college needs  Read More »

Phyllis Murray

Writing to be read: Kids on the move  Read More »

Bonita Shelby

Educators wear many hats  Read More »

Bette Maggie Sloane

Teacher uses cellphone camera to explore math concepts  Read More »

Doug Harple & Joe Mix

If I had a hammer … and a saw  Read More »

Teresa Carrozzo

Putting healthy into kids’ lifestyles  Read More »

Gertrude Shaffer

South Seneca teacher receives Global Educator Award  Read More »

James Crowley

Technology Teacher’s Service As Volunteer Firefighter  Read More »

Linda Purtan-O'Connell

Buffalo teacher is inspired by her students from around the world  Read More »

Bob Mullen & Bob Hollwedel

Technology teachers lead exciting program in alternative energy  Read More »

Joseph Guadagno

A former factory worker finds joy in preparing students to pursue their dreams  Read More »

Anthony Gronowicz

Conjuring up the world through a teach-in  Read More »

Michele Sampsell

Without a gym, she motivates students through creative off-campus experiences  Read More »

George Avila

Motivating through a token economy  Read More »

Glenn Petersen

He challenges jumbo classes and micro funding  Read More »

It's What We Do

Play the video and see what we're doing in our communities each and every day  Read More »

Jim Johnson

A Coach Sees A Person, Not A Scoreboard  Read More »

Esmeralda Tello

Huntington Teacher Brings History to Life  Read More »

Sonja VanSlambrouck

Teacher's ties to community enrich all  Read More »

John Wevers

Copiague band brings community together  Read More »

Monica Klein

Family helps Bethpage teacher teach  Read More »

Rose Ann Lapp

The classroom ‘a place of discovery’  Read More »

Lisa Dolan

Power lunches and page-turners  Read More »

Patricia Lockhart

When I’m with Ms. Lockhart, it’s always an adventure  Read More »

Peggy Sharkey

Teacher raises $2 million to fund programs  Read More »

Rachel Murat

When high school teacher Rachel Murat packs it in, she knows what she’s talking about  Read More »

Jane Fasullo

Taking math to the next level  Read More »

Dorothy Lehman

Through 17 years, still going the extra mile  Read More »

Michael Mitchell

Teacher helps foster an open and supportive community  Read More »

Gregg Breinberg

Talent, heart and soul fill the auditorium of PS 22 on Staten Island  Read More »

Caroline Duggan

Showcasing what children can do  Read More »

Andrea Figueroa

A proud union member expresses her passion for teaching  Read More »

Margaret King

Helping to improve literacy rates  Read More »

Diane Gonzalez

Breaking down stereotypes and instilling respect and tolerance  Read More »

Jennifer Goodwin

A community lifted up by the hands of children  Read More »

Willie Worsley

"As long as I have breath in me, I'll be a teacher"  Read More »

Jeff Peneston

Making sure students don't back down  Read More »

Wonah A. Odaji

Building a school and lifting up a community  Read More »

Julie Holbrook

Bringing fresh and healthy food to our schools  Read More »

Heather O'Leary

Demonstrating the unwavering belief that every child can succeed  Read More »

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Saturday July 04, 2015

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NYSUT United Colorado's Supreme Court ruled against the district's voucher program, which was passed in 2011, saying it violated a plank of the State Constitution that explicitly prevents public money from going…

Wednesday July 01, 2015

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NYSUT United Imagine you and some friends go out to eat. Everyone eats, but when the bill comes, one guy won't pay his fair share because he didn't pick the restaurant. Yesterday the…

Wednesday July 01, 2015

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NYSUT United The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a California case next fall challenging the requirement that teachers contribute to unions, even if they don't join them or agree with…

Tuesday June 30, 2015

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NYSUT United “We've loosened the gag but not untied it completely,” said Karen E. Magee, president of the New York State United Teachers union. “But it is certainly progress.”

Monday June 29, 2015

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NYSUT United "As the Cuomo plan reveals itself as unworkable, unuseful and publicly about as popular as a dead whale in the living room, increasingly the Legislature and governor are shunting off…

Monday June 29, 2015

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NYSUT United “For too long, lesbian and gay Americans have been denied the right to marry the person they love. Today, all of us can celebrate this amazing step forward and commit…

Friday June 26, 2015

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NYSUT United "NYSUT thanks those courageous legislators who listened to parents and educators and then acted to put students ahead of profiteers. "Unparalleled advocacy by impassioned educators, standing in unity with parents on…

Friday June 26, 2015

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It's what we do. Red Hook math teacher has pledged a million dollars to his newly created foundation:

Friday June 26, 2015

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It's what we do. Red Hook math teacher has pledged a million dollars to his newly created foundation:

Friday June 26, 2015

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NYSUT United "We have to make sure that we fight for those who are oppressed." - Rich Ognibene

Friday June 26, 2015

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NYSUT United Many school-related professionals such as Rockhill have also been calling for a living wage for years. Rockhill told the Wage Board that, according to state Department of Health, the poverty…

Friday June 26, 2015

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NYSUT United NYSUT will be joining the UFT this year in marching during the NYC PRIDE Parade, Sunday, June 28, 2015! Will you be there?

Thursday June 25, 2015

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NYSUT United Nearly 400 community members, parents, students and union colleagues from around the mid-Hudson region joined informational picketing at the Dover School Board meeting last night, calling for an end to…

Thursday June 25, 2015

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NYSUT United "I think social justice is at the root of what education is about." Elisa Waters from the Jericho Teachers Association and member of the NYSUT LGBTQ Task Force.

Wednesday June 24, 2015

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NYSUT United As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, the governor is renewing his efforts to double down on public school over-testing, on private school tax credit schemes and on…

Tuesday June 23, 2015

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NYSUT United Check out the cover of the July/August edition of NYSUT United! Can't wait for it to reach your mailbox? The e-reader version is available here:

Tuesday June 23, 2015


Step out on Monday for wages
The food may be fast, but the cash is not. Flipping burgers and filling drinks for fast-food chains is a starter job for some; longtime employment for others. It is…

Friday June 19, 2015

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NYSUT United Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Charleston and, most especially, to the victims and their families.

Thursday June 18, 2015

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Thursday June 18, 2015

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It's what we do. For his efforts to teach special needs children fire safety, The Fireman's Association of the State of New York awarded Great Neck educator, Paul Ziring with its 2015 Teacher of…

Thursday June 18, 2015

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NYSUT United "My parents sent their children to parochial schools, all the while adamantly supporting public schools and insisting that their children understand the need for a quality public education system. They…

Thursday June 18, 2015

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NYSUT United NYSUT opposes the reauthorization of the tax cap in its current form without some common sense reforms. It is slated to expire a year from now, but is incongruously linked…

Thursday June 18, 2015

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NYSUT United “The tax cap is unfairly limiting the ability of communities to decide how much they can choose to invest in their local schools,” Pallotta said. “Without reasonable, thoughtful modifications to…

Wednesday June 17, 2015

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NYSUT United "It is disheartening that our governor, instead of being a strong supporter and leader of efforts to improve public education in sensible and constructive ways, is instead promoting an ill-conceived…

Wednesday June 17, 2015

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NYSUT United "There ought to be time to weigh these concerns. Instead, schools seem poised to plunge headlong into an initiative that sounds like it's simply not thoroughly vetted. And how can…

Wednesday June 17, 2015

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Wednesday June 17, 2015

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NYSUT United “Continued over-reliance on standardized testing can only make it harder for school districts to attract and retain the excellent teachers that students need and deserve.”

Tuesday June 16, 2015

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NYSUT United Absolutely worth a share. The history - and truth - behind so-called "right to work" laws.

Monday June 15, 2015

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NYSUT United Please consider participating in the final Moral Monday gathering of the session. Today at 3pm, faith, community and labor groups will join together to express moral outrage at the broken…

Monday June 15, 2015


Karen Lee Arthmann

January 26, 2015

I work in a suburban high school of about 1400 students in grades 10-12. My official title is Youth Assistant, a user-friendly name for a security guard in our district, but to “my kids," I am so much more than that. I am usually the first face they see as they walk through the door in the morning. My first post is as greeter, and I smile and...

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Kristina Mastrangelo-Gasowski

August 16, 2013

At the beginning of the last school year, I found myself working with two very different young men in the same classroom. The first boy seemed to have very little interest in education and refused to participate in class activities. His records indicated that he'd rarely met with academic success in previous years. The second young man was a stellar...

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"Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie - labor is fighting for a larger pie." - Walter Philip Reuther, American labor union leader

If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. –President Abraham Lincoln

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1943, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted establishing a 40-hour work week, time-and-a-half rules, a national minimum wage and implementing severe restrictions on child labor.

In 1967, the Taylor Law passed by the New York state legislature providing collective bargaining rights to public employees.

In 1981, NYSUT won passage of a law granting collective bargaining rights for substitute teachers.

In 1982, the New York state legislature passed the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law requiring school districts to honor a union's entire contract until a new agreement was reached.

"The labor movement was the principle force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.