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United Federation of Teachers

September 2016

NYC Teaching Fellow Finally Finds a Rewarding Role

Former entertainment industry professional, Alison Fox, describes her flee from Hollywood to teaching English language learners in Elmhurst, Queens, one of the country's most diverse neighborhoods.


NY Daily News

May 2016

Fellow Principal Nominated for Hometown Heroe Award

Far Rockaway Principal Shawn Rux, who's turning around a failing middle school, is nomintated for the NY Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education Award. In 2011, Rux arrived at the failing MS 53 determined to make changes, transform the culture of the school, and turn it into a safe community hub.


Armonk Daily Voice

Fellow Brings African Experiences to Life in his Work

Pace Fellow Obiora Anekwe has written a children's book, The Adventures of Blind Tom. Through teaching, he feels “my highest purpose is to create legacies for the future. Not what I see as important, but what the universal consciousness calls us to do.”


U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program

August 2015

New York City Teaching Fellow receives a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching grant

Yunseon Esther Kim has been accepted into the Distinguised Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program. Yunseon said: “It’s always been my passion to meet the diverse and often pressing needs of underprivileged students. As a Fulbright scholar, I will be working on developing an academic and behavioral support system that will help instill healthy lifestyles and learning skills in these students. I hope to gain many professional and cultural insights from this work that will allow me to better serve the needs of our students, school, and community.”


NYC Department of Education

June 2015

Fellows win Big Apple Awards

NYC Teaching Fellows Samantha Shwartz, Audrey Rabi Whitaker, and Jonathan Young were chosen from a pool of more that 4,500 applicants as recipients of the Big Apple Award. They will spend the 2015 - 2016 year serving as Big Apple Fellows - representing teachers citywide by serving as advisors to the Chancellor.


Hechinger Report

September 2014

Fellows Participate in Blended Learning Institute

Teaching Fellows are joining a group of 100 veteran and new teachers as participants in the second Blended Learning Institute, a two-year professional development program run by the iZone to show teachers how to use technology to convey content. First year Fellow Melanie Buchanan plans to design a blended learning plan that will work for a classroom with limited access to shared computer labs. The program was founded in 2013, with 30 NYC Teaching Fellows forming the inaugural cohort.


Americops Alums

September 2014

Fellow Receives Americorps Alums National Leadership Award

Teaching Fellow Brandon Cardet-Hernandez was chosen as one of the 20 winners of the Americorps Alums 20th Anniversary National Leader Awards. Brandon is the principal of the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters and the co-founder of Project Nathanael. He was a teaching Fellow in 2007.


WNYC SchoolBook

August 2014

Teaching Fellow Recognized for Success as Principal

Fellow Shawn Rux was recognized in SchoolBook for his work as principal of M.S.53 Brian Piccolo in Far Rockaway. He says, "I believe education saves lives. Education is the answer to all of our questions as well as our dreams."


National Association for Gifted Children

October 2013

Fellow Receives Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship

Teaching Fellow Mimi Pearle was chosen as one of 12 educators comprising the 8th annual class of Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars. Teacher Scholars will participate in a four-day training program as part of the National Association for Gifted Children's 60th anuual convention and will receive an assigned mentor as well as a travel stipend.


NYC Department of Education

October 2013

Fellow Ryan Keough Incorporates Blended Learning Strategies

First-year Fellow Ryan Keough was highlighted in the October "I Teach NYC" newsletter for his participation in the Blended Learning Institute and his commitment to innovative use of technology in his classroom. He says, "This seems like the logical progression of where teaching is going - applied technology. It enhances your ability to teach a variety of students.



May 2013

Fellows Receive Inaugural Big Apple Awards

Fellows Patrick Berry and Erika Bogdany were selected from over 2,000 nominees as winners of New York City's Big Apple Award. The award, the first of its kind to be open to all New York City public school teachers, recorgnizes teacher excellence. Award recipients were honored by Chancellor Walcott and Mayor Bloomberg and received a $3,500 grant to deepen their work with students.


Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

May 2013

Former NYC Teaching Fellow is a Finalist for the Fishman Prize

Former Fellow Sasha Growick, 2007 NYC Teaching Fellow, was selected from more than 570 teachers as one of 9 finalists for the TNTP Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Excellence. The Fishman Prize is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools.

Teaching Fellows Amy Matthusen, Chelsea Arbutina, and former Fellow Katie Cardus were recognized on the Fishman Prize Honor Roll.


Gotham Schools

December 2012

Fellows Receive Awards for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science

Fellows Michelle Persaud, Anthony Finney, Eyal Wallenberg, and Cameron Cassidy were selected by a committee of representatives from local science museums and universities to receive an award recognizing excellent science and math teaching from the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and will receive prizes of $5,000 to $7,500 as well as $2,500 to support their math and science programs.


U.S. Department of State Fulbright Program

October 2012

New York City Teaching Fellow receives a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching grant

Wei-Ee Cheng, an English as a Second Language teacher and New York City Teaching Fellow, has been accepted into the Distinguised Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program. She is one of 20 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2012-2013 and plans to spend 6 months in Singapore conducting research. Cheng writes, "I hope this will inspire others to continue down the path of education in order to create positive change!"


Google In Education

October 2012

2005 Fellow Andrew Drozd Selected for Google Teacher Academy

The Google Teacher Academy is a highly selective teacher professional development experience that teaches educators how to use innovative technology in their classrooms and share their knowledge with other teachers. NYC Teaching Fellow Andrew Drozd, a teacher at The Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn, has been accepted as one of 50 from around the world to participate in the Google Teacher Academy this year. Andrew tells us, "I am grateful to the Fellows program for giving me a chance to become a teacher as it has changed my life and hopefully, as a result, many of my students'."


NYC Department of Education

June 2012

Excellent Teachers Recognized for Making an Impact in NYC Schools

Ten Fellows were honored with the 2012 NYC Award for Classroom Excellence. The Award for Classroom Excellence (ACE) recognizes and celebrates the hard work and dedication of exceptional NYC Teaching Fellows who dramatically increase student achievement and consistently realize excellence in their classrooms. Read more about each recipient.


New York Times

April 2012

Chancellor Walcott praises NYC Teaching Fellows for meeting critical middle school need

In September, Chancellor Walcott announced a renewed focus on middle schools in his administration. Recently, the chancellor acknowledged that not enough aspiring teachers and future leaders had answered his call to work in middle schools. In response, the city started an apprenticeship program for 150 new educators. Recruits were placed in 35 middle schools and were drawn mostly from incoming New York City Teaching Fellows.


Education Week

March 2012

2003 Fellow Ilana Garon tranforms her writing class through peer tutors

All teachers wrestle with the quandary of needing to be in many different places at once to meet the needs of each student. 2003 Fellow Ilana Garon shares her solution to this challenge: she invested her upperclassmen students in motivating and mentoring Freshman writers and helped all of her students reach their full potential.


Yale School of Management

March 2012

2008 Fellow Barbara Hubert wins Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize

After seeing an opportunity posted in a weekly email blast from the NYC Teaching Fellows, Barbara Hubert's research submission will be awarded with a $1000 prize and she will participate in the upcoming Yale Education Leadership Conference. Hubert says, "Action research is something I find invaluable in improving practice and student achievement. My research will be presented at the Yale Education Leadership conference where I will also sit on a panel on evidence and innovation in research and design. Thank you to those who compile the resources for the Fellows Blasts. They are always much appreciated and incredibly helpful."


Local 802 News

February 2012

2001 Fellow Brian Doherty's journey from They Might be Giants to teaching his own 'school of rock'

A decade ago, Brian was a rock drummer, playing for They Might Be Giants, XTC, the Silos and many others. But he felt that he needed a calling and a greater purpose. As a Fellow, Brian became a 5th grade teacher in the South Bronx at P.S. 66, teaching math, social studies, science, and writing. After several years he was offered the job of music teacher, where he opened up the curriculum and started teaching the kids multi-media skills, such as multi-track recording, digital editing, video, GarageBand, Pro Tools and small ensemble rock and pop. He believes if they get hooked now, they will appreciate live music in any form in the future and become the open-minded listeners needed in the 21st century. Press Release

January 2012

2001 Fellow Ken Baum meets with Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg met with teachers and students at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science to the education reform plan he unveiled in his State of the City address. “The Urban Assembly has built a school where the commitment to learning – and getting students excited about learning – is paramount,” said Chancellor Walcott. “Under the leadership of a fantastic Principal, Ken Baum, the teachers in this school work tirelessly and collaboratively to ensure their students are on track for college, and they are getting outstanding results.”


NBPTS News Release

January 2012

2007 Fellow Marcus Artigliere Earns National Board Certification

Marcus Artigliere, a 2007 Fellow, has earned the highest credential available to educators. National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge and takes one to three years to complete. A recent study found that board certified teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other teachers.


Library of Congress Blog

December 2011

2003 Fellow Earnestine Sweeting selected as Library of Congress Teacher in Residence

Each year, the Library of Congress selects an exceptional teacher to advise and collaborate with its educational staff. As a 5th grade teacher in the Bronx, Earnestine has had ample experience in bringing Library of Congress primary sources into students’ lives, and will now help others use the Library's primary sources more effectively in their classrooms.  

Lab Dish

December 2011

2005 Fellow Anthony Finney Ignites Students' Interest in Science
2005 Fellow Anthony Finney and the Science Club at Flushing International High School in Queens were recently profiled by The Cold Spring Laboratory blog, Lab Dish,  and commended on their eagerness to infuse scientific findings and processes into daily life.


Gotham Schools

November 2011

2003 Fellow Marissa Bellino Wins Prestigious Award for Math and Science Teaching
The Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded June 2003 Teaching Fellow Marissa Bellino an award for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. Ms. Bellino is best known for stretching the already strong science program by facilitating a revamp of her school’s science facility and arranging trips for her students to visit Japan to discuss cutting carbon emissions.


NBC News

September 2011

2009 Fellow William Johnson is one of three winners in NBC's Education Nation Teacher Essay Contest.

William Johnson teaches special ed students at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was one of three winners in NBC's Education Nation Teacher Essay Contest. Education Nations hopes to inspire new change-makers in education by showcasing leaders in public schools. Watch a video with William's reflections on what it means to teach special education students and his role in student lives.


NYC Department of Education

September 2011

Chancellor Dennis Walcott announces new NYCTF program to recruit high-quality middle school teachers.

In his first major policy address to students at New York University, Chancellor Walcott announced a renewed focus on middle school as a critical juncture in a student's academic trajectory. He proposed opening 50 new middle schools and using a “turnaround” model to transform troubled schools. Mr. Walcott also announced a special program within the New York Teaching Fellows program which will train Fellows to work in high-need middle schools with a critical need for high-quality teachers.


Teaching Channel

August 2011

PBS documentary features Fellow Lynn Shon as she refines her seventh-grade science teaching technique.

Lynn Shon, a June 2010 Fellow, was recently featured in a PBS documentary, Time Management in 7th Grade Science. Through the video, you'll be able to watch Ms. Shon's instruction improve with coaching and reflection. Do keep in mind that this video was made while Ms. Shon was in her first year of teaching -- impressive! Lynn is currently working toward her Master's degree at Pace University and she teaches biology/general science at J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget (K088) in Brooklyn. Congratulations to Lynn!



March 2011

Student of 2007 Fellow Tina Tsiokris wins Health Plus/NY1 Scholarship

Tina Tsiokris, a high school English teacher in Queens, recently nominated one of her students, Kyle John, for the Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete program. This award celebrates seniors in NYC public schools who thrive not only academically, but with athletics and community service as well. As a successful scholar, athlete, musician, and community leader, Ms Tsiokris felt that no one was more deserving of the award than Kyle. As a result of this recognition, the student will be awarded with a $2,000 scholarship for college. To view an inspirational news segment about Kyle from NY1, please click here

March 2011

Fellows Sixto Rivero, Drewe Anne Niehaus, and Kate Davis  to Attend Honeywell Educators Space Academy Program
Sixto Rivero, Drewe Anne Niehaus, and Kate Davis were recently chosen to attend the June 2011 Honeywell Educators Space Academy Program. Through this program, these Fellows will study at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and will participate in simulations and experiences to take back to his classroom in the fall. Please join us in congratulating these Fellows on their accomplishment! To learn more about the Academy, please click here.

February 2011

2005 Fellow Brad Philen publishes a novel with Chapel Hill Press.

Brad Philen, a June 2005 Fellow recently published a novel in February of this year with Chapel Hill Press. Autumn Falls tells the story of a cattle farmer in western North Carolina who returns to his hometown in Alabama to be reunited with old friends and foes. Mr. Philen graduated from the Teaching Fellows program at Lehman College in 2007 and taught for three years at the Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions. He currently lives with his wife in Dakar, Senegal, where he teaches high school English. Congratulations to Brad!

January 2011

Cohort 11 Fellow Publishes Test Prep Book
Cohort 11 Fellow Shveta Verma Miller recently published a test prep book, 5 Steps to a 5 500 AP English Literature Questions to Know By Test Day (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series).



January 2011

Cohort 12 Fellow Featured on the Brian Lehrer Show

During last week's snow day, Cohort 12 Fellow Jon Schulman was featured on the Brian Lehrer show during an interview with UFT president Michael Mulgrew. The discussion centered around President Obama's and the NYC
Mayor's remarks on the current state of education in our country.  



January 2011

Cohort 1 Fellow Featured on NPR

Cohort 1 Fellow Zelman Bokser was recently featured on an NPR program, "Juilliard, Carnegie Join Together To Teach More Than Music". The article features Zelman and his wonderful violin students at P.S. 75 in Brooklyn.


NY Post

January 2011

Three NYC Teaching Fellows Discuss the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching

Many a strung-out corporate warrior has considered chucking it all and doing something that really matters: teaching kids. But who would ditch a lucrative career for a life of chalkboards, smaller paychecks and demanding kids?

Quite a few people, as it turns out. And for the past decade, they’ve gotten help from NYC Teaching Fellows, a Department of Education initiative that recruits professionals and recent grads with no teaching experience and gives them fast-track training for the classroom. Since 2000, the program has placed 16,000 career-changers in the city’s highest-need schools.

This week, @work spoke with three of them about the challenges and rewards of trading the boardroom for the classroom. Click here to continue reading.



September 2010

Education Nation Profile: Jeffrey LaVar at X231 Eagle Academy

The high school graduation rates of African American males are well below the national average.  NBC's Craig Melvin reports on how Eagle Academy in the Bronx is working to reverse that trend by providing an environment where young black males can thrive. This inspiring story includes footage of Cohort 12 Fellow Jeffrey La Var, who creates a sense of belonging among his students with lessons that carry a message of teamwork.



September 2010

Education Nation: Kate Selkirk and Jane Viau at the Teacher Town Hall

Brian Williams moderated a Teacher Town Hall at Rockerfeller Plaza on to hear directly from teachers about their experiences and feelings toward education in America. Toward the end of the clip, Cohort 10 Fellow and 2009 ACE finalist Kate Selkirk shares her views on teacher test data and Cohort 5 Fellow Jane Viau talks about accountability and success in her classroom.

September 2010

Cohort 5 Teaching Fellow Christy Crawford is the national teacher advisor for technology at

Greetings from the Big Apple! I’m Christy Crawford and this is my ninth year of teaching in New York City. I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for two years in Harlem and then four years in the Bronx. I am currently teaching technology at P.S. 51, The Bronx New School, a small progressive K-5 school consisting of 280 students from all over the world. Also, during the past two years I served as an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York (CUNY). Click here to continue reading.


Fullbright Press Release

August 2010

Fulbright Scholar: Cohort 1 Fellow Binh Thai

Cohort 1 Fellow Binh Thai was recently awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching grant to conduct research in Finland before returning to the United States. Binh is one of approximately 19 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program in 2010-2011. He currently teaches at M332 – University Neighborhood Middle School.


US Department of Education Press Release

July 2010

Jamal Graham, Cohort 11 NYC Teaching Fellow, Selected to be US Department of Education Teaching Fellow Ambassador

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of 15 teachers as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the 2010-11 school year. Five teachers will become full-time employees at Education Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the others will continue as full-time teachers while working as fellows part time. Jemal Graham, a mathematics teacher at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center in Brooklyn, N.Y was selected to be a classroom ambassador for the 2010-2011 school year.


NYC Department of Education Press Release

June 2010

Chancellor Klein Congratulates Winners of the Third Annual Teaching Fellow Awards for Classroom Excellence

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today congratulated 14 top New York City Teaching Fellows for their achievements in the classroom. The teachers were selected from 359 nominees to receive the NYC Teaching Fellows Award for Classroom Excellence, which recognizes Teaching Fellows who raised student achievement and who served in leadership roles in their schools. The Chancellor honored the four award winners and 10 other finalists at a reception at Tweed Courthouse earlier this week. Click here to continue reading.
December 2009
Trading Portfolios for Lesson Plans
On the third floor of Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Academy, 21 senior students are discussing the moral implications of organ transplant markets. A student raises her hand and wonders if doctors would be motivated to harvest a criminal’s organs before he was actually dead. The unfolding ethical debate isn’t typical for a microeconomics course, but in Jane Viau’s classroom engaged, inquisitive students are the norm. Viau, 45, is a former investment banker turned math teacher, who has a knack for explaining bone-dry concepts like price ceilings by turning them into something worthy of the Facebook generation’s attention. Click here to continue reading.

Teachers Network
December 2009
Teachnet Grant: Yvon Milien: Design and Model Residential Community
Last year, cohort 5 Teaching Fellow Yvon Milien directed and managed a class of emotionally disturbed students to complete a detailed three-dimensional scale model of a community plan, which was generously funded by a Teachers Network grant. The project included traffic patterns, a park, and solar energy, and was able to help students understand that mathematics, geometry, arts, earth science, and social studies are important tools for successful architects and engineers. Click here to read the article.
September 2009
Cohort 3 Teaching Fellows' School Awarded 2009 Middle School of Distinction
Principal Ken Baum and Assistant Principal David Krulwich, both Cohort 3 Teaching Fellows, of the Urban Assembly for Applied Math & Science recently received the Intel Foundation's 2009 Middle School of Distinction Award in Washington D.C. The Urban Assembly was awarded this distinction for their innovative teaching and outstanding achievement in middle school mathematics. The school was chosen out of a field of 700 schools nationwide. As the winner of the middle school mathematics division, the school received a check for $10,000 and a technology package valued at over $100,000. Click here to continue reading.

Secretary Duncan Announces 13 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

Cohort 5 Teaching Fellow Jason Raymond  has been selected as a 2009-2010 Teaching Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Education. He is one of thirteen selected teachers who will engage in education policy discussions, work with Education Department officials in various program offices, and participate in a variety of education projects.  Raymond is one of three full-time Fellows who will work out of the USDOE office in Washington D.C., and he is the second NYC Teaching Fellows to be named a Teaching Ambassador (Cohort 6 Fellow Nicora Placa was a classroom Fellow last year.)

The Riverdale Press
April 9, 2009
School Desk
Teaching Fellow Brendan Crowe takes five sophomores from Bronx's In-Tech Academy to Spain.

NY Times
June 23, 2008
Better-Qualified Teachers (Editorial)
The NY Times discusses the improved quality of teachers in New York City and how the NYC Teaching Fellows program has played a major role in that improvement.

U.S. News & World Report
March 26, 2008
New Ways to Get a Degree in Education
Akilah Robinson, a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, was at a leadership conference in New York when she realized the financial world wasn't where she belonged. "They spoke about not being afraid to follow your passion," she says. "I remember thinking: It's time for me to follow my passion." And follow it she did—down the street to the New York City Teaching Fellows. Now she teaches elementary special education in Brooklyn, and she took a 55 percent pay cut to do it. Who knew Wall Street's revolving door spun that direction?

CBS Evening News
March 13, 2008
Finding Work...In School
In the sinking economy, where can Americans turn for a job that pays well? CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports for the series "Hard Times, Good Jobs" that the education sector is hiring - and teaching experience isn't necessary.

Fellow Evan Weinberg had a bachelor's degree in engineering but couldn't find a job he wanted. Now he's teaching high school physics in the Bronx. Weinberg has been in the classroom since 2003 and finds an added bonus: "The minute I walk into the classroom and I see the kids there, it erases everything else and makes my reason for being there very clear."

Mercy College Press Release
January 10, 2008
Teaching Fellow Named Educator of the Week by New York Lottery
Teaching Fellow Jennifer Maldonado was named Educator of the Week by the New York Lottery. She was nominated by her principal at I.S. 217 in the Bronx because of her outstanding commitment and dedication to her students. Maldonado teaches a sixth and seventh grade bilingual bridge class.

October 26, 2007
Second Acts Today: Leaving it all and giving back
Two career-changing Fellows leave successful financial careers to teach math in NYC.  

(New York) Daily News
October 16, 2007
Youth, energy serve this principal well
At 27, Fellow Mariela Graham is the youngest public school principal in Brooklyn - and the second youngest in the city.

Looping' Matches Teacher With Class
Fellow Sarah Cooeyman uses a new technique that pairs a teacher with a class for more than one year.

New York Post
September 12, 2006
Recipe for Success
"Walter Morrison set up a 1940s diner in his West Side classroom, where students learn math and history along with making meatloaf - and where self-esteem is his key ingredient. A professional chef-turned-teaching fellow, Morrison two years ago devised the recipe for the Culinary Arts program at P811M/The Mickey Mantle School, which caters to special-ed students."

Crain's New York Business
Teachers get crash course: Midcareer switch to fellows program often a shock
"Former stockbroker Jeremy Epstein spent the first 15 years of his working life in the cutthroat world of Wall Street. He thought he knew how crazy things could get, with screaming clients, plummeting stocks, mergers and downsizing. Then he started teaching ninth grade math."

Money Magazine
October 1, 2005
Today's Lesson: Starting Over in Mid-Career
"When she was a sales executive at IBM, Susana Temprano used to wake up at 6:30 a.m., drive into midtown Manhattan from her home in River Vale, N.J., blaze through e-mails and conference calls, meet with customers and, after work, entertain clients in New York City's finest restaurants. Nowadays, Temprano rises at 5 a.m. and drives to gritty upper Manhattan, far from the city's office towers and swank restaurants. She arrives at Public School 18, where she teaches math in English and Spanish to 90 middle schoolers."
May 3, 2005
Special report: Teaching Fellows make their mark
"'How many lives did your last spreadsheet change?' asks an advertisement on the downtown R train, as it rumbles from Union Square toward the financial district in lower Manhattan, filled with briefcase-toting professionals on their morning commutes."

New York Teacher
April 14, 2005
The Newer Teacher: This Teaching Fellow Has Found Her Calling
"'My Mom hasn’t said anything negative but she still questions whether I made a career decision,' admits Sylvia Beevas, a first-year teaching fellow at Jane Addams Vocational HS in the Bronx. 'She thinks it's just a job.' But Beevas knows otherwise. 'Teaching is my career. This is what I want to do.'"

The New York Times
January 5, 2005
Fewer New York Schools Are Cited for Poor Performance
"Edna Straus, the principal of Middle School 88 in Brooklyn, where the mayor held a news conference yesterday, said she got her school off the [SURR] list by 'constantly looking at data' on student performance and recruiting certified math teachers through the Teaching Fellows program, which enables people in other professions to become teachers."

The New York Times
December 22, 2004
Reading, Writing and the Rinse Cycle
"Georgina Smith,* saw opportunity in the nighttime chaos she spotted through the window. A former forest ranger, she had been a vice president of Cablevision until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 led her to get a master's degree in teaching at Brooklyn College."

*Georgina Smith is a Teaching Fellow.


The New York Times
September 19, 2004
Struggling, Even With a Tuition Break
"In his 60 years, Norman Maxwell has been a woodworker, a contractor, and an administrative assistant at Citibank and Goldman Sachs. His most recent role has been that of teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows, a four-year-old program that trains new recruits in the New York public school system." 


Teaching at Risk: Blue-Ribbon Panel Calls for Overhaul of Teacher Education and Compensation to Recruit and Retain Talent in America's Public Schools

January 14, 2004

The Teaching Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of nineteen leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and education, today announced a strategy to fundamentally upgrade teaching as a profession by changing the way teachers come into the field, as well as the way they are trained, assessed, supported, and compensated.

Teaching at Risk: A Call to Action (see reference to NYCTF on page 44)


(New York) Newsday

March 3, 2003

Executive Decision: Kids Are The Bottom Line

"For decades Mitch Kurz kept advertising clients happy on Madison Avenue. Now he faces tougher customers: math students in the Bronx."



(New York) Daily News

February 10, 2003

Some Really Good Fellows

"To the auditorium at Norman Thomas High School they flocked: the unemployed, underemployed and the God-knows-what's-gonna-happen-next people. All had come on a cold winter's night to learn about leaving their old careers—willingly or not—to become, perhaps, a teacher."


The New York Times

August 23, 2002

Shortage Ends as City Lures New Teachers

"After years of struggling to recruit enough certified teachers to fill even half of its classroom vacancies, New York City has attracted more than 8,000 qualified candidates for the fall, in effect ending what school officials called the most crippling teacher shortage in decades."


The New York Times

June 18, 2002

New Faces in Class, and They Hold Chalk

"Lawyers, bankers, physicians and salesmen were there, choosing a new career in midlife. Retirees with grandchildren in public schools and expectant parents attended, wishing to improve the public schools. Some graduated from college in the 1960's and some just two years ago."


(New York) Daily News

June 18, 2002

Teachers Eager to Go: 2,000 Top-notch Recruits Heed City's Call

"2,000 accountants, architects, lawyers and others picked for the [NYC Teaching Fellows] program—the largest class ever—began a crash course yesterday in how to become a schoolteacher."


(New York) Newsday

June 18, 2002

Pursuing 'A Noble Calling'

"Bicycle messenger Jonathan Thomson said he had heard all about the New York City public schools—the fighting, the abuse, the poverty of the students.... So why in the world was Thomson, 24, of Brooklyn, sitting with 2,000 of his new colleagues yesterday on the first day of their training to start work as city teachers?"


The New York Times

February 11, 2002

More Applicants Answer the Call for Teaching Jobs

"The sinking economy and a wave of soul-searching after the Sept. 11 attacks have swelled the number of people seeking jobs as teachers, school officials around the country say."


The New York Times

January 16, 2002

How Troubled P.S. 307 Climbed Off the Bottom

"Ms. Brown is a teacher at Public School 307 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, designated by the State Education Department three years ago as one of the 100 or so worst schools in New York City. Last week, the state took P.S. 307 off the so-called SURR list, for schools under registration review, saying that test scores had improved enough that it was no longer in danger of being shut down for educational failure."


The New York Times

July 1, 2001

Learning to Teach: Ms. Moffett's First Year (A Series)

"Faced with a serious shortage of teachers, New York City has been recruiting people from other careers and, after just a short 'boot camp,' assigning them to some of the most troubled schools. 'Learning to Teach: Ms. Moffett's First Year' follows one novice teacher participating in the program, known as the New York City Teaching Fellows."

The New York Times

June 19, 2001

A Class of Teaching Fellows, Preparing to Learn on the Job

"More than 1,200 people from other professions reported for duty yesterday for the second year of the New York City Teaching Fellows program, which provides a crash course in teaching and pays for the participants to get the master's degree required for certification."


Education World

April 16, 2001

NYC Program Fast-Tracks Teachers to Needy Schools

"Facing teacher shortages, especially dire shortages in its neediest schools, the NYC Board of Education is offering mid-career professionals and recent college graduates a six-week summer teacher-training program."


Education Week on the Web

February 21, 2001

Ideals Abound on Fast Track to Teaching

"Jacqueline L. Cobbler gave up her office desk and telephone, Tamara James-Wyachai an adequate paycheck, and Bill Higgins a life of leisure, all in favor of a shabby brick fortress of a school in the South Bronx...."

My New Year's Resolutions for the Schools, by Harold Levy

"We must, first of all, convince young college graduates that teaching is a calling of nobility and dignity and not a second choice after law or medicine. And second, we must attract seasoned professionals from other walks of life to look to a second career in teaching."