May 2016 Issue
June 03, 2016


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Kelly Jeffords, Depew Teachers Organization, received the State Advisor of the Year award from the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities. She was also recognized as a finalist for the 2016 National Association of Student Councils' Warren E. Shull Adviser of the Year award.

Wendy L. Moss and Robin A. DeLuca- Acconi, Cold Spring Harbor Teachers Association members, won the Moonbeam Children's Award in the category of nonfiction chapter book for their book School Made Easier: A Kid's Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools.

In print

Michael Bassen, Valley Stream Teachers Association retiree, has published his debut novel. The Evolution of Glory Loomis is a young adult science fiction tale about a 13-year-old girl who undergoes a major evolutionary transformation over a handful of days. Available at

Bill Batcher, Half Hollow Hills TA retiree, has published his third book of poetry, Imaginings. The book is available at

NYSUT associate member Helene Forst has published Stoked — 1969, a coming-of-age novel that shares the confusion, bravery and hope of the Vietnam War era through the life of 14-year-old Jake Edwards. For more info, visit

John Mazzarella and Richard Schiller, Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers retirees, published high school Common Core math review books and homework books. Visit for more information.

Deanna Suckow and Deanna Schwartzman, Middle Country TA retirees, published e-book versions of their popular books on avoiding credit card debt. What Every Preteen, Teenager and Young Adult Needs to Know to Avoid Credit Card Debt and Teaching Children Money Matters are available at

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