May 2016 Issue
April 22, 2016


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Joe Cantafio, West Seneca Teachers Association president, was named Educator of the Year by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce. Cantafio was recognized for always "doing what's right for kids and being a defender, promoter and advocate for public education."

Beverly Falk, Professional Staff Congress City College chapter, received a $475,000 grant from the Foundation for Child Development. Falk will research New York City pre-K classrooms to identify teaching practices in different settings that are effective with and supportive of children and families from high-need, immigrant and culturally/linguistically diverse communities.

(Elisabeth) Lisa Wilde, United Federation of Teachers, was featured in the Huffington Post's 2015 column on "20 notable nonfiction books you might have missed this year." Wilde published Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School, based on her 16 years teaching at John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, a New York City second-chance high school.

In print

Susanne Poulette, Niskayuna TA retiree, published and illustrated Liam Labradoodle Learns Whole Body Listening. Poulette, a speech-language pathologist, wrote the book to share concrete listening skills for young children. For more information, visit or

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