September/October 2013 Issue
September 13, 2013


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Three New York teachers, along with 17 of their education colleagues from around the country, were selected as education fellows at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Thea MacFawn, North Colonie Teachers Association; Mitchell Polay, Yonkers Federation of Teachers; and Jeffrey Parker, unaffiliated, completed a weeklong summer institute.

Amy Jo Southworth, Sayville TA, was named the 2013 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Frances Henne Award winner.

In print

Lee Kronert, Salamanca TA, wrote Don't Blame the Messenger, a pro-educator fiction novel that addresses APPR, state exams, bullying, the role of government in public education and a teacher's right to tenure. Visit for details.

Jean Lloyd, United Federation of Teachers, wrote Producing Brilliant Children, a teaching manual based on her experience as a kindergarten teacher complete with detailed lesson plans, craft templates, tips on dealing with school administrators, reading lists and more. Visit

Judy Schulman-Goldstein, North Rockland TA retiree, published Dere Desk I Luv You, a book filled with poignant stories of people and challenges in her 30 years of teaching, including a focus on the harmful effects of teaching to the test. The book is available at or

Laurel M. Sturt, UFT, wrote Davonte's Inferno: Ten Years in the NYC Public Schools System Gulag (A Teacher's Story of Fear and Loathing in American Education Today). Described as an "unflinching study of the crisis confronting teachers as well as a searing indictment of the system," Davonte's Inferno is available at

Identical twin sisters Sheila and Letty Sustrin, Brentwood TA retirees, wrote The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Becomes a Movie Star, the fourth book in their popular series. For more information, visit; to order the books, visit