What I love about my job

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

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Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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Our Executive Officers and Executive Board

It's official -- we have our slate of candidates.

That equals nine executive officers and twenty-six executive board members -- who make up a part of the one hundred delegates to the AFT state and national conventions!

We'll be introducing all of them to you over the coming days, but we wanted to put the names out to you now so you could see the many rank and file PFT members who are stepping up to say that WE are the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

Ready to pledge your vote? You can do so here.

Want to meet the slate? Get in touch at contact@workingeducators.org. We'll arrange to come visit your building before or after school! 

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Executive Officers

President

AMY NICOLE

ROAT

Teacher

Feltonville Arts & Sciences

General VP

YAASIYN

MUHAMMAD

Teacher

Central High School

Special VP - High Schools

ISMAEL

JIMENEZ

Teacher

Kensington CAPA

Special VP - Middle Schools

KELLEY

COLLINGS

Teacher

Feltonville Arts & Sciences

Special VP - Elementary Schools

PEGGY

SAVAGE

Teacher

Richmond School

Recording Secretary

EILEEN

DUFFEY BERNT

School Nurse

Academy at Palumbo

Treasurer

PAMELA

ROY

Teacher

Thomas Mifflin School

Legislative Representative

GEORGE

BEZANIS

Teacher

Central High School

Associate Secretary

TASHA

RUSSELL

Teacher

Wagner MIddle School

    

Executive Board

Senior HIgh School ADAM BLYWEISS Teacher Martin Luther King HIgh School
Senior HIgh School KRISTIN COMBS Teacher Penn Treaty High School
Senior HIgh School JULIE STEINER Teacher Saul High School
Middle Years Position CARLOS FREDERICK Teacher Wilson Middle School
Middle Years Position KRISTIN LUEBBERT Teacher Bache-Martin School
Middle Years Position RAYMOND PORRECA Teacher, Special Education Feltonville Arts & Sciences
Elementary School Position MICHAEL BERSTEIN Teacher Southwark School
Elementary School Position LISA ANN HANTMAN Teacher McCall School
Elementary School Position TAMIKO MITCHELL Teacher Potter-Thomas School
Special Education Teacher ELIZABETH MENASION Teacher, Special Education Science Leadership Academy
Paraprofessional BREANNA MITCHELL Classroom Assistant Feltonville Arts & Sciences
Secretarial Position LISETTE RIVERA Secretary I The U School
NTA Bargaining Unit GEORGE RUVARAC Farmer Saul High School
Reading Assistants/SSA MARGARET ROLON Supportive Services Assistant Feltonville Arts & Sciences
Professional Technical PATRICIA ECKERT Budget Tech Assistant Office of Management & Budget
Head Start ALICE CAVALLI Teacher Taggart Head Start
Per Diem Substitute CHRISTINE MARTIN Retired Nurse / Per Diem Sub Per Diem
Food Services Manager SHARON HANDZUS Food Services Manager I Saul High School
Professional Supportive Services (consisting of nurses, therapists, psychologists) TATIANA OLMEDO School Counselor Central High School
At Large JOE ALBERTI Teacher Powel School
At Large MARGARET DEVINE School Nurse Lincoln High School
At Large HERMAN DOUGLAS Teacher Bethune School
At Large DAVID HENSEL Teacher Taggart School
At Large CHARLES MCGEEHAN Teacher The U School
At Large DANIEL SYMONDS Teacher Munoz-Marin School
At Large JESSICA WAY Teacher Franklin Learning Center

 

AFT Delegates - in addition to the candidates listed above

MICHAEL ADELSON Teacher FELTONVILLE ARTS & SCIENCES
CHRISTOPHER ANGELINI Teacher CROSSROADS ACCELERATED ACADEMY
TREVOR ANGELUCCI Teacher KENSINGTON URBAN EDUCATION
SARAH ATKINS Teacher JACKSON, ANDREW SCHOOL
DELILAH BAINES WASHINGTON Teacher KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT SCHOOL
NATHANIEL BARTELS Teacher POTTER-THOMAS SCHOOL
DAVID BIANDO Teacher ROBESON, PAUL HIGH SCHOOL
JOSHUA BLOCK Teacher SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
JENNIFER BRACE Teacher, Special Education WILSON, WOODROW MIDDLE SCHOOL
LYNETTE BROWN Teacher AMY 5 AT JAMES MARTIN
KARINA BUSTAMANTE Teacher MOFFET, JOHN SCHOOL
KENNETH CARMICHAEL Teacher FELTONVILLE ARTS & SCIENCES
KATRINA CLARK Teacher THE WORKSHOP SCHOOL
ANA COBANI Teacher FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER
SYDNEY COFFIN Teacher EDISON, THOMAS A. HIGH SCHOOL
KATHERINE COHEN Teacher GREENBERG, JOSEPH SCHOOL
ERICA DARKEN Curriculum Development Specialist MULTILINGUAL PROGRAMS
CHRISTINE DEL ROSSI Teacher WILLARD, FRANCES E. SCHOOL
JENNIFER DISQUE Teacher, Special Education SAUL, WALTER B. HIGH SCHOOL
LIZA DOLMETSCH Teacher DICK, WILLIAM SCHOOL
ADAM DURANT Teacher MEREDITH, WILLIAM M. SCHOOL
ROBERT FOURNIER Teacher OVERBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
LYNDA FOXWORTH Teacher WILSON, WOODROW MIDDLE SCHOOL
DONNA GORDON Teacher WILSON, WOODROW MIDDLE SCHOOL
JESSE GOTTSCHALK Teacher CRAMP, WILLIAM SCHOOL
PAUL GROW Teacher CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
JAMES HARDY Teacher KENSINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES
JANENE HASAN Teacher SOUTHWARK SCHOOL
REGINA HASTINGS Teacher FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER
BRIAN HUSSEY Teacher SCIENCE LDSHP ACADEMY @ BEEBER
MARINA ISAKOWITZ Teacher SCIENCE LDSHP ACADEMY @ BEEBER
BRENDON JOBS Teacher GIRARD ACADEMIC MUSIC PROGRAM
ANNA KATES Teacher ARTS ACADEMY AT BENJAMIN RUSH
MARY CATHERINE KHELLA Teacher FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER
CHRISTINE KOLENUT Teacher COOKE, JAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
GAIL KOSKELA Teacher SAUL, WALTER B. HIGH SCHOOL
KATHRYN LEADER Teacher HOPKINSON, FRANCIS SCHOOL
JONATHAN LEIBOVIC Teacher KELLEY, WILLIAM D. SCHOOL
MICHAEL LEIBOWITZ Teacher TAGGART, JOHN H. SCHOOL
ROBIN LOWRY Teacher WISTER, JOHN SCHOOL
CLARE LUEBBERT Teacher MEADE, GEN. GEORGE G. SCHOOL
NORMAN MACQUEEN Teacher MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
KAITLIN MCCANN Teacher, Special Education MC CALL, GEN. GEORGE A. SCHOOL
GLENN MCCARTHY Teacher KENSINGTON CAPA
LAUREN OVERTON Teacher MEREDITH, WILLIAM M. SCHOOL
LARISSA PAHOMOV Teacher SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
MICHELE PERLOFF School Nurse DISSTON, HAMILTON SCHOOL
JENNIFER POUR Teacher SOUTHWARK SCHOOL
THOMAS QUINN Teacher CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
SAMUEL REED Teacher THE U SCHOOL
MAXWELL ROSEN-LONG Teacher SCIENCE LDSHP ACADEMY @ BEEBER
ANDREW SALTZ Teacher ROBESON, PAUL HIGH SCHOOL
KELLY SCHAAF Teacher MEREDITH, WILLIAM M. SCHOOL
DONNA SHARER Curriculum Development Specialist MULTILINGUAL PROGRAMS
VICTORIA SMITH Teacher FELTONVILLE ARTS & SCIENCES
MELISSA SOFFER Teacher WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
MARY JO SOLDACKI Teacher MUNOZ-MARIN, HON LUIS SCHOOL
PATRICK SOMMER Teacher, Special Education GREENFIELD, ALBERT M. SCHOOL
AMIRA STRONG-NOR Teacher BETHUNE, MARY MCLEOD SCHOOL
ELIZABETH TAYLOR Teacher MASTERMAN,JULIA R. HIGH SCHOOL
AURA TOWNSEND Teacher ENGINEERING & SCIENCE HIGH
ELIZABETH WALLS-ASTO Teacher MC CALL, GEN. GEORGE A. SCHOOL
LISA WASSERMAN Teacher PENN TREATY HIGH SCHOOL
ANISSA WEINRAUB Teacher ACADEMY AT PALUMBO
LUKE ZELLER Teacher SCIENCE LDSHP ACADEMY @ BEEBER

A note about our slate: We have left one executive candidate slot unfilled -- that of the long-term substitute position. As all long term subs were laid off at the end of the 2015 school year due to the outsourcing of their jobs, many of them also left the PFT at that time. As a result, virtually no current PFT members have experience working for this bargaining unit, which is a requirement for holding this position.

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Favorite WE Moments (Part 4)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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What WE Want to See: Rank-and-File Communications and Empowerment

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Part 3 of a 9-part series of position papers on the substantive steps Working Educators would like to take strengthen the PFT and fight for the schools we deserve. Parts 1 and 2 covered negotiating the next PFT contract and building political alliances. If you have any questions or comments, please email contact@workingeducators.org. And don't forget to vote on Feb 4th!

 

Many PFT members feel disconnected from each other, and especially from PFT leadership. The PFT is the largest union in the city of Philadelphia, yet the true power of our 11,000 members has been locked away for too long. Why is this? Our Caucus has heard too many stories of PFT members misinformed or uninformed about campaigns, policies, and their own leaders; of poorly-attended events; of statements to membership with unclear calls to action (or none at all); and, of long periods of radio silence on topics important to teachers and the communities we serve.

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The Caucus believes that member education and empowerment must be restored as core principles of our union’s leadership. The Executive Board works at the pleasure of, and for the benefit of, the rank and file. If members don’t feel they are adequately informed, then it is not membership’s fault that they are disengaged from the union’s actions—it is leadership’s responsibility to provide a better, more engaging system.

What WE propose:

SDC13966.JPG• Make sure that members are educated about important PFT issues, and invited to help plan actions and activities based on them.

• Create venues for PFT members to quickly and easily understand, decide on, and participate in union affairs. This includes expanded use of digital and social media communications, as well as new and more inclusive PFT organizational structures.

• Revamp the PFT website to make it more useful and user-friendly, including more frequent content updates, elimination of errors and bugs, and improved information architecture.

• Update PFT policies to make our operations more modern, transparent, and responsive, Such changes may address union meetings and their content, elected leaders’ teaching responsibilities, consistent election procedures, and training opportunities for future leaders. 

Click here to download a printable PDF version-- and make sure to share it with your colleagues! 

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Favorite WE Moments (Part 3)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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Favorite WE Moments (Part 2)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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Favorite WE Moments (Part 1)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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What WE Want to See: The PFT and Our Political Alliances

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Part 2 of a 9-part series of position papers on the substantive steps Working Educators would like to take strengthen the PFT and fight for the schools we deserve. Part 1 covered negotiating the next PFT contract, or you can click here to read all 9 position papers. If you have any questions or comments, please email contact@workingeducators.org. And don't forget to vote on Feb 4th!

12239645_857339971031710_7051179274101069721_n.jpgTwo of our Commonwealth’s most pressing problems—its financial woes and its concerns with school performance—are both on some level purposefully manufactured, with compassionate responses and solutions to them being willfully ignored. Having allies in local and statewide elected office is a major part of our union’s strategy for dealing with these issues. The Caucus of Working Educators understands that expert political maneuvering, including some compromise, is often necessary to even get a fraction of demands met in this arena.

10923553_732810250151350_5836177362521465135_n.jpgHowever, eliminating or starving public schools is punitive, miseducative, inconvenient, damaging, and unsympathetic to teachers, children, and communities. When you attack educators, there should be consequences. The PFT must be willing to hold politicians accountable if they support laws and budgets that push “solutions” such as budget cuts, takeover, privatization, and closure—especially when triggered by schools’ failure to live up to misguided test-and-punish measures.

This holds even for lawmakers to whom our union has promised donations and votes in the past, especially if they take positions in direct opposition to prior statements or acts made to earn such support from us. This requires not only a change in our current political strategy, but also an effort to build the “people power” necessary to make politicians understand the danger of ignoring educators’ voices.

What WE propose:
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• Consistent public pressure for budgets that provide appropriate resources for school
districts, as well as for laws and policies that avoid school closings and privatization.

• Withhold financial support and endorsements from, and create public campaigns against, politicians who propose, vote for, or otherwise assist in enacting legislation that attacks public education.

• Build alliances with other unions and organizations across the state, and use PFT resources and member advocacy to help change the balance of power in the state legislature.

• Work to recruit and promote educators and educational allies for political office and appointments to other positions of authority. This should include a new focus on building power within Philadelphia’s highly influential ward system.

Click here to download a shareable PDF version.

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The Caucus gives me hope…(Part 3)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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The Caucus gives me hope…(Part 2)

Part of the #WEarePFT video series from the Caucus of Working Educators

A new video released every day in Jan 2016 leading up to the PFT elections in Feb!

Ballots are mailed home on Feb.4. 
Mail your completed ballot to AAA by Feb.19 to make sure your vote is counted!
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