A middle-level English/language arts teacher for more than 24 years in Westchester, Ulster and Rockland counties, Lee Cutler was elected New York State United Teachers secretary-treasurer at the 2008 Representative Assembly. Cutler taught in Nanuet, Marlboro and Tarrytown and spent a year as a teaching assistant in The Walkabout, an alternative high school program modeled after Outward Bound. Cutler was a leader and, eventually, a director for Children's International Summer Villages, a world peace organization, where he brought groups of children to international villages in both Denmark and France.
Cutler served as an adjunct professor in the Humanistic and Multicultural Education Graduate Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. While in Nanuet, Cutler served as president of the Nanuet Teachers Association for 11 years and president of the Rockland County Teachers Association for four. In addition, Cutler was president of the Hudson/Catskill Labor Council from 2002-2006. Cutler is a member of both the NYSUT Board of Directors and NYSUT Executive Committee. Since 2006, he also has served as an American Federation of Teachers vice president. Cutler was a policy board member of the Rockland Teachers Institute, a standing member of New York State Education Department's internal advisory committee on middle-level education and a board member of Orange County United Way.
A graduate of both the NYSUT and AFL-CIO leadership institutes, Cutler's role as secretary-treasurer has expanded to overseeing the NYSUT social justice agenda. Major steps already have been taken in social justice issues such as child slavery, women's rights, anti-bullying and others. Cutler has also overseen the development of "Speak Truth to Power," a curriculum that was developed with Kerry Kennedy and the RFK Center.
Cutler currently represents NYSUT on the board of directors for the Northeastern Division of the American Cancer Society. Cutler, a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, is certified in both elementary education and secondary English/language arts. He lives in Newburgh with his wife, Rissa, and their children, Jared and Arianna.