May - June Issue
May 07, 2014


Source: NYSUT United

It’s an honor

Monica Morselli Klein, Bethpage Congress of Teachers, became a traveling teacher-ambassador and helped two schools with their JFK commemoration events. Klein con­nected her school, John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage, with the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Butte, Mont. Both schools were named in Kennedy’s honor after his assassination in 1963.

Virginia Campbell, Mount Pleasant Teachers’ Association, was awarded the Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award for her work in the field of autism. The award is named in honor of Sweetwater Clifton, the first African-American to play for the Knicks. Campbell also received $2,000 to donate to the charity of her choice.

Nikos and Petros Spanakos, identical twin brothers and former boxers from Brooklyn, are part of the inaugural group being inducted into the New York City Golden Gloves Hall of Fame at the Barclay Center on Aug. 17. Petros, a United Federation of Teachers retiree, is a former guid­ance counselor. Nikos was a CUNY professor and per diem sub for the New York City Department of Education. The brothers join a star-studded list of other honorees, in­cluding Sugar Ray Robinson.

In print

Susan Davis, South Lewis TA re­tiree, has written two middle-grade historical fiction novels based on events that took place in New York state. Summer of Red Rain tells the story of a 13-year-old who finds himself caught up in the middle of the Battle of Oriskany. Musket and Mobcap peeks into the daily life of Sybil Ludington during the time of the American Revolution. For more information, visit