June 2015 Issue


Kristen Burns, Bethlehem Central Teachers Association, was awarded the Robert J. Neiderberger Award for exceptional achievement in social studies education. She was also recognized for her work coordinating National History Day, a project that takes place over several months and culminates with a National History Day event in February. Burns has taught at Bethlehem Middle School for 19 years.

Karen Garner, United University Professions SUNY Empire State Chapter, is lecturing at the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary on a Fulbright grant. She has published several journal articles and three books focusing on women engaged in international politics.

David Savage, Smithtown Teachers' Association, and his Robotics Club won three awards in two regional competitions. The Team 810 Mechanical Bulls won the Spirit Award, the Safety Award and the Entrepreneurial Award. Savage serves as the team's faculty adviser.

Theresa Pardo, UUP University at Albany Chapter, was recently appointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Committee. The NAC advises on specific U.S. government policy issues related to the implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

Pat Puleo, president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, received the Above and Beyond Award from the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce at its Women of Excellence Awards luncheon. Puleo was recognized for supporting the Yonkers community through her activism with the YFT and her work ensuring students receive a comprehensive education.

"Kudos!" recognizes the accomplishments of NYSUT members. Have good news you'd like to share? Email united@nysutmail.org; include "Kudos!" in the subject line.