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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Vote Working Educators: Our Slate

Our union is 11,000 members strong, and the ultimate power of the PFT comes from those individuals. Below are nine candidates who have distinguished themselves as leaders among the rank and file, working to empower and support their colleagues in every way they can. They bring determination, experience, and vision to their work. 

Amy2.jpgPresident - Amy Roat

Amy has been teaching middle school English Language Learners for nine years at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences (FSAS) in North Philadelphia. For fifteen years prior, Amy taught elementary grades throughout Philadelphia and in the Rochester City School District in New York State. She is a graduate of Manhattan College and holds two master’s degrees: an M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Urban Education from Temple University. Amy has been fostering solidarity as the PFT Building Representative at FSAS for the past three years and served on the Building Committee for three years before that. Amy is also a proud member of Opt Out Philly. Drawing on a family history of unionism and political activism, Amy combines fierce determination with equanimity. She has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to communicate with families, fellow PFT members, and the press in a clear and forthright way.


Yaasiyn.jpgVice President - Yaasiyn Muhammad

Yaasiyn is a product of the School District of Philadelphia.  He graduated from Martin Luther King High School in 2004, and from Temple University with both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in 2009. First hired at Northeast High School, Yaasiyn lost that position during the district layoffs in 2012 and now teaches at Central High School. As an African American History teacher, Yaasiyn's passion for justice and equality translate into the lessons he delivers his students. Those lessons have focused on the overarching themes of social justice, and this focus has carried over into his work outside of the classroom as well.  Yaasiyn has displayed a keen ability to hold tough conversations with teachers across the city. Combined with his demonstrated strengths as an organizer, Yaasiyn's work has expanded the capacity of the Caucus to effectively articulate the mission of social justice unionism.

 

Peggy.jpgSpecial Vice President, Elementary Schools - Peggy Savage

Peggy is a fifth grade classroom teacher at Richmond Elementary School. She has been an educator for 33 years, with 31 years in the School District of Philadelphia. Peggy served as PFT Building Representative for over twenty years, and recently “retired” into the role of Political Liaison at her school. Peggy is a Need in Deed first year teacher, an NAACP Science & Math judge, an alumna of and teaching consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project, a Lead Teacher for Senator Vincent Hughes' S.O.S Summer Literacy Program, a member of the Philadelphia Teachers Convening Steering Committee, a judge for the Temple Upward Bound Math & Science Symposium, and a Co-Founder of the Girls on Fire summer writing program. She holds a B.A. from Mansfield State University and an Master’s from La Salle University.

 

Kelley.jpgSpecial Vice President, Middle Schools - Kelley Collings

Kelley has been a Philadelphia public school teacher for fifteen years. She currently teaches Math at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences and has also taught at Hunter Elementary. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a community and parent organizer for over a decade in cities across the country, including New York, Dallas, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. She and her colleagues at Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences helped fuel the local movement against high-stakes testing in Philadelphia this spring when they publicly organized 40% of the families at their school to opt out of testing. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University, an M.S. from St. Joseph’s University, and an M.Ed. from Arcadia University. Kelley is a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Caucus of Working Educators of the PFT, as well as a leader of the Teacher Action Group of Philadelphia.

  

 

Ismael.jpgSpecial Vice President, High Schools - Ismael Jimenez

Ismael is a dedicated educator, who for the last ten years has worked with children in both preschool and high school settings. Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University, Ismael spent time working at a child care program serving children living in transitional housing, and then became a social studies teacher in the School District of Philadelphia in 2009. He taught at Germantown High School until it closed in 2013, and currently teaches African American History at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School. Ismael has been an active Building Committee member for every year he has worked in an SDP school. He has also facilitated several district-sponsored professional development sessions on issues ranging from structural racism to bridging the knowledge gap of students between high school and postsecondary institutions. Ismael's teaching and activism are rooted in the theoretical framework developed by Paulo Freire, which emphasizes the role that education plays in the transformation of the world.

 

Eileen.jpgRecording Secretary - Eileen Duffey

Eileen is a fearless, relentless advocate for public schools. As a 21-year veteran school nurse, she currently works at Academy at Palumbo and Stearne Elementary, and has previously worked at Meredith, Nebinger, and Furness. She earned her B.S. and M.S. from St. Joeseph’s University, and her nursing degree from Hahnemann. She is a proud member of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, and co-produced the video "Our Schools Are Not for Sale," which won the nationally-recognized Home Town Media Award. In 2011, she successfully organized and led a 22-week rally which brought national attention to Philadelphia’s layoffs of school nurses. Since then, Eileen has continued to pressure the District to resist outsourcing the work of certified school nurses. She strengthens her organizing work by cultivating relationships with church communities, educational leaders, city councilpersons, and grassroots activists. She is a member of POWER through her church. 

 

Tasha.jpgAssociate Secretary  - Tasha Russell

Tasha has been teaching in the school district for 20 years. She currently teaches at Wagner Middle School, and has also taught at Kinsey Elementary, Stetson Middle School, Lowell Elementary, and Roosevelt Middle School. She  holds certifications in Physically and Mentally Handicapped, BCIT (Technology), and Educational Administration. She is a longtime Teaching Consultant with the Philadelphia Writing Project, as well as Teachers Lead Philly fellow. She earned her B.S. at Penn State and holds two M.Ed. degrees: one from Penn State and one from Cabrini College. She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Educational Technology at the University of Phoenix.

  

Pamela.jpgTreasurer - Pamela Roy

Pamela has taught students in the School District of Philadelphia for nine years, at Hopkinson, Edwin Vare, Roberto Clemente, and currently at Mifflin Elementary. She holds a B.A. from Bard College and an M.S. from Michigan State, and is certified in Elementary Education, Middle Years Science, and Biology. Besides the caucus, she is a Public Youth Forum Debate coach in the middle school league, a Need in Deed experienced network member, a member of Philly Core Leaders, and a board member for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. Her graduate degree in science, attention to detail, and love of organization, spreadsheets, and analysis give her the skills to deal with the minutiae involved in handling and safeguarding our collective resources.

 

George.jpgLegislative Representative - George Bezanis

George has been teaching since 2001, and joined the School District of Philadelphia nine years ago as a Social Studies teacher. He first taught for four years at Edison High School and now works at Central High School, where he also serves as a PFT Building Representative. He holds a B.A. from Penn State Honors and an M.Ed. from Holy Family University. As both a teacher and the proud father of two Philadelphia public school students, he believes that fair and equitable public education--no matter what race, ethnicity, zip code, or socioeconomic class a child happens to be born into--is the building block of American democracy. Not afraid to speak truth to power, George has given several standout speeches to the School Reform Commission. Apart from being a proud public school parent and teacher, he is also an elected Democratic Committee person in the 63rd Ward and President of the Fox Chase Homeowners Association.





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