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  • vossler on jeopardy

    Moravia teacher is 'Jeopardy' material

    Posted September 19, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    No one wants to see a student in jeopardy. But Moravia teacher Justin Vossler was willing to put himself there.

    On the television game show, that is. With Alex Trebek. Yes, that Jeopardy!

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  • fantauzzi

    Hurricanes change lives in many ways

    Posted August 30, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Houston and other parts of Texas, volunteers from far and wide are stepping forward to help people whose homes and businesses are lost under 50 inches of water.

    Retired Saratoga Springs teacher Ann Fantauzzi knows the sound of the call for help: It was Florida’s 2005 Hurricane Wilma that called her to action as a newly minted member of an American Red Cross disaster team.

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  • it's what we do

    Called to document: Retired teacher Michael Rothfeld salvages stories of war veterans for all to learn from

    Posted June 30, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    Michael Rothfeld was born in 1943 during World War II. His father worked as a welder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard “putting ships together.” In his retirement from teaching, Rothfeld discovered his own desire to put things together: the stories of the men who served on those very ships, or in the air, or in the deserts, jungles, or frozen, snowy forests of war from World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq. He has produced five documentaries about war veterans, available on PBS, in libraries...

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  • glens falls

    Bringing style and substance to students in Glens Falls

    Posted June 9, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    “Hungry kids can’t learn,” said Ryan, a member of the Glens Falls Teachers Association who is also a past union secretary and building representative.

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  • It's What We Do - Cuba

    Art as a social change agent

    Posted March 13, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    While the canvas is one medium for artists, art itself is a medium for social justice. Just ask any of the women who attended the International Women Festival in Cuba, including two members of the Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College. As representatives of the U.S., they spent their winter break immersing themselves in art and social justice for 20 days. In Cuba, “The arts and culture (are) a human right as much as health care and education. said Joan Wozniak, an SCCC media ser...

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  • berne book project

    Citizens of the Month: Two retired Albany County educators bring books to life

    Posted February 17, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    If you are looking for just two good reasons to love public schools, then head to the hills. In the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School, located in what is regionally called “the hill towns” in Albany County, you can meet up with Judy Tambasco and Roz Moser every Wednesday. For the past 20 years, they’ve shown up at the end of the hall in two small nooks to sort books and index cards in order to provide young students with a bag of stories to take home.

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  • It's What We Do: Faith Perry

    Teachers provide an anchor for Schenectady-area students

    Posted January 17, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    Faith Perry is all about the fabric of life. At the beginning of the school year, Mohonasen teacher Faith Perry bought three identical outfits. Switching them out for cleanliness, she is wearing the same look to school every single day, September to June, first bell to last hurrah, and every school assignment in between. Her actions are in response to students who do not have different sets of clothes to change into. A few years back, a student was bullied for wearing the same clothes several da...

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  • This art teacher's on fire!

    Posted January 2, 2017 by Mary Masterson of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers

    Just last spring, Hicksville art educator, Diana Germinario, was recognized when one of her students won first place for her watercolor painting in a statewide Arbor Day poster contest. Well, Ms. Germinario has done it again! This time, however, she entered some of her students' artwork in the 2016 New York State Recycles! poster contest, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. The contest, which is open to all stu...

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  • Stacy Herron

    Stacy Herron: On a roll for missing and exploited children

    Posted December 7, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    When teacher Stacy Herron is on a roll, you will know about it. She doesn’t roll solo; she gathers people, steam and purpose as she spins her bicycle for the cases of missing and exploited children. Wind follows her. Leaves swirl about her spokes. Hope follows in her trail. An elementary speech and language pathologist, Herron is a member of the Schodack Central School Faculty Association whose world got tight and twisted when her brother Jeff’s wife Audrey went missing in August 200...

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  • Joseph Zuniga

    Mr. Z's passion? Helping students find the answer

    Posted November 2, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    Exploding pumpkins? Testing DNA from crime scenes? It’s all possible in Rochester teacher Joseph Zuniga’s world. On the set of the daily Homework Hotline TV show, a pumpkin explodes with enough force to blow out the eye sockets and teeth that had been scratched into the pumpkin shell. The activator is calcium carbide — once used for carbide lamps in the mines. The demonstration was done with staff from the Rochester Museum and Science Center, who appear regularly on the s...

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