"My immigrant experience of coming to this country at the young age of 9 shaped me and defined who I am as a teacher of [English Language Learners]," says NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino in a special edition of American Educator dedicated to the subject of "Educating Latino Students in an Age of Uncertainty."
"As a young teacher," says Fortino, "I became active in my union, the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, because I recognized the union’s role in advancing our profession. As I have humbly worked on behalf of ELLs, I know that I stand on the shoulders of union giants, and I am forever indebted to them."
You can read Fortino's entire article -"Why Supporting Latino Children and Families Is Union Work" - online at aft.org.
American Educator is the AFT's quarterly journal of educational research and ideas.