Fall 2015 Issue
October 07, 2015


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Ronald Bauer, Western Sullivan United Teachers and School-Related Professionals, recently celebrated his 50th first day of school. The social studies teacher is also a longtime football coach for the district.

Jerry Blumengarten, United Federation of Teachers retiree, was a keynote speaker at the Tomorrow's Classrooms Today conference in Philadelphia and conducted a workshop and several panels at the International Society for Technology in Education conference.

Marie Ponterio, United University Professions SUNY Cortland chapter, earned the Knight in the Order of the French Academic Palms. The academic knighthood honors French and foreign nationals who have contributed the most to promoting French language and culture.

In print

Deanna Adams, United Federation of Teachers retiree, has published A Mother's Survival: Finding Balance Through the Storms, written under the pen name Hope Brooks. The story is about personal family challenges and professional challenges as a New York City teacher. Books can be purchased at www.amazon.com; for more information, go to HopeBrooks.com or write HBrooks2014@aol.com.

P.J. Gammarano, Sr., United Federation of Teachers, has published Teaching: Not For Dummies/Substance Abuse Awareness: A Guidebook. The handbook is designed to help teachers with awareness and lessons about the substance abuse plaguing many students and families. For more information or to order a copy, visit www.xlibris.com.

Claudia Grispin, Mount Pleasant TA, has published O Mommy, O Daddy, a story/lullaby that children and parents will enjoy at bedtime. To order a copy, visit www.amazon.com or the publisher's website at sbprabooks.com/ClaudiaMGrispin.

Wendy L. Moss, Cold Spring Harbor TA, has written Bounce Back: How To Be A Resilient Kid. The book, suitable for ages 8-12, teaches children and tweens how to overcome obstacles and cope with daily stress as well as major life challenges. The book is available at www.amazon.com or www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B166.aspx.

Tania Mouscardy-Johnson, Syosset Teachers' Association, has published When Apples aren't Enough, a realistic fiction. The story, written in the guise of a children's book, provides readers with a historical account chronicling the legislative and other critical issues threatening public education. The book is available on www.amazon.com.

C. Carl Pegels, UUP Buffalo Center retiree, recently published French Revolution, Napoleon and Russian War of 1812. The e-book is available via Kindle.

"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.