March-April 2018 Issue
March 08, 2018


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Melissa Salguero, United Federation of Teachers, was honored as the 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. Salguero won a $10,000 honorarium and a matching $10,000 grant for her school. For more, visit

Teachers Tim Evans and Alex Bell, both UFT members, won the Brooklyn Nets Teacher Excellence Award. The monthly award recognizes "exceptional teachers for their commitment toward students and education." Evans, a global studies teacher, was the honoree for the month of November 2017. Bell, a Career and Technical Education teacher, was the December 2017 honoree.

Patricia Summers, a retired member of United Teachers of Northport, started Friends of America's Vet Dogs with a group of friends to raise funds and provide service animals for returning veterans. In three years, the group has raised $60,000, sponsored 10 puppies, and run dozens of local events. Visit for more info.

In print

Len Martin, Gloversville Teachers Association, and Jerry Evensky have published Economics for NYS High School Students, a textbook for the 12th grade economics course. Information is available at

Donald Tedesco, Mamaroneck TA retiree, has written Actionville. The title is based on a program he instituted for students involving creative learning, field trips, guest speakers and parent buy-in. Visit

"Kudos!" recognizes the accomplishments of NYSUT members. Have good news you'd like to share? Email; include "Kudos!" in the subject line.