Catalina R. Fortino was the vice president for education and the director of the United Federation of Teachers' Teacher Center before her election as a NYSUT vice president in April 2014.
Fortino is a nationally recognized expert in professional development, curriculum, assessments and program development in the teaching profession and has distinguished herself among the educators who specialize in school reform for high-needs schools. She also spearheaded the UFT's efforts to effectuate a framework for assessing teacher practice that is supportive and developmental for educators.
Before turning her focus to professional development and the Teacher Center, Fortino was an early childhood teacher, a teacher of bilingual early childhood special education and a bilingual educational evaluator.
She has been the chair of the NYSUT Bilingual Committee of Practitioners, the co-chair of the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching, a member of the New York State Committee of Title I Practitioners and a member of the American Federation of Teachers English Language Learners Taskforce.
Fortino has a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in special education and bilingual education from Queens College. She also studied curriculum and teaching at Teachers College.