September 2012 Issue
September 06, 2012


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Patricia Madigan, North Syracuse Education Association; and Peggy Paragoris and Vanessa Vidalon, Freeport TA, were among 50 science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators nationwide selected as 2012 Siemens STEM Academy Fellows. The educators spent a professional development week this summer at the Siemens STEM Institute near Washington, D.C., learning hands-on techniques for integrating STEM into the classroom. For information, visit

Elizabeth Platt, Kimberly Christian and Lillian Vitalo, all of the Smithtown TA, along with Brentwood TA member Adrienne Davis completed the ECO Classroom course, a professional development program set in Costa Rica for U.S. public school science teachers.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation, in collaboration with Conservation International, created the program to promote STEM education. For info, visit

In print

Melinda Ehrlich, United Federation of Teachers retiree, wrote Take Off Your Hat and Spit Out Your Gum — A Teacher's Memoir. Ehrlich shares lighthearted stories and cherished memories from a career that spanned 25 years. For copies, visit or