May 2015 Issue


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It's an honor

Shawna Reynolds, Wallkill Teachers Association, received the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley. She was recognized for her commitment to multicultural education.

Nick Parlapiano, Wappingers Congress of Teachers, completed a successful run on Wheel of Fortune. He shared his experience in the WCT Commentator at

In print

Olga Fyne, United Federation of Teachers retiree, has written Be Satisfied With Who You Are, her latest book in a catalog that includes 10 titles. Visit for more information.

Carole Mandelkorn, East Ramapo TA retiree, has published Grandma, Will You Clap? The children's book is about a young girl who is excited about an upcoming performance. It is available at and at

John Mercer, Fulton TA, has written They Call Me Zombie, a book that follows 12-year-old Mikey in the aftermath of a near-death experience. Now, in addition to dealing with typical middle school concerns, Mikey must face the ghost that's been following him since doctors saved him. The book is available at

Sheila and Letty Sustrin, Brentwood TA retirees, have penned the fifth book in their Teacher Who Would Not Retire series. This book, The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Loses Her Ballet Slippers, continues to focus on the antics of Mrs. Belle. Visit or

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