It's an honor
Douglas Hallberg, Mohonasen Teachers Association, was recognized by SHAPE America (the Society of Health and Physical Educators) as the 2017 National Middle School PE Teacher of the Year. Lynn Hefele, Associated Teachers of Huntington, was recognized by the organization as the Eastern region elementary teacher of the year.
Susan Fountain, Professional Staff Congress–CUNY School of Professional Studies chapter, won the American Association of University Professors 2017 Georgina M. Smith Award. The award recognizes a person who has provided exceptional leadership "in improving the status of academic women or in academic collective bargaining and through that work has improved the profession in general."
Belkis Marte, United Federation of Teachers, has written My Childhood Memories, a memoir laden with anecdotes and humor about her life as a young girl growing up in rural Dominican Republic with15 siblings. The story is one of finding humor and blessings in life despite poverty, and how Marte eventually moved to the United States. The book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Andrew Puckey, Whitesboro TA, has published Elevator Babies, a collection of interconnected short stories following a narrator's time as he grows from a child into his teens. The book gives readers a true sense of what it was like when life meant going out to play and not coming home until dinnertime. It is available at andrewpuckey.com. "Kudos!" recognizes the accomplishments of NYSUT members. Have good news you'd like to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org; include "Kudos!" in the subject line.