Sharon Kaufman

Local: UFT
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Sharon Kaufman, Special Education Teacher from UFT
* Teacher
* PS 31, Staten Island

One friend summed up Sharon Kaufman this way: “She was a beautiful person, a great friend and a wonderful teacher.” Another said she “always put the children and their families first.” Sharon, 63, a special education teacher at PS 31 in the St. George section of Staten Island, died on April 6, leaving her mark on students and adults alike.

A UFT member for more than 15 years, Sharon was active in the PTA and volunteered at events such as Thanksgiving giveaways. She had a knack for public speaking but was also praised as a great listener. She was involved in Girl Scouting, enjoyed Zumba and going to the gym, and loved spending time at the pool and beach with family and friends.

“She was loving and kind to everyone and she had a special wit,” said Catherina Palumbo, her friend and former colleague. “She made you laugh.”

Sharon is survived by her husband, Lenny Kaufman; her daughter, Lauren Kaufman; her brother, Ira Rosdeitcher, and his wife, Roberta; and two nieces, Alana and Ivie Rosdeitcher.