Gregory Aamir Rodriguez is a committed educator who has worked in New York area schools for over a decade, primarily as a teacher of and advocate for students with special needs. Most recently, Greg served as the founding assistant principal of Westchester Square Academy in the Bronx, where he worked to guide and support staff in the creation of a rigorous skills-based curriculum that emphasized frequent opportunities for students to read, write and speak. He believes that this, coupled with personalized feedback and chances to apply that feedback quickly, are key to student growth. In the past, Greg served in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic as a researcher for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has contributed to a number of publications. He is excited to join the UFTCS staff and looks forward to supporting teachers as they think through their practice.
Hi everyone! My name is Elena Almer and this I my third year as a Social Studies teacher, here at the UFT Charter School. I am also the assistant coach of the Lady Warriors Softball team. I received my Bachelors degree in Social Studies Education from SUNY Cortland located in Cortland, NY. My favorite topic in History, as well as my favorite topic to teach, is the American Revolution. In my free time I love watching superhero movies (especially Marvel), going to New York Islander games, and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to working with you!
My name is Matthew Bodt and I am beginning my second year of Full-Time teaching at UFT. Prior to this year, I was a substitute teacher for several years on Long Island. Currently I am pursuing my Master degree at Stony Brook University. I love American and Global History and have taught both subjects. I look forward to making this year a memorable one.
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
I've worked at the UFT Charter School since 2006.
The subject I enjoy teaching the most is Health
My favorite quotes to live by:
"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today ...." Malcolm X
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
I’ve been a teacher in Brooklyn for over a decade, and I’ve been a part of the UFT Charter School for the past 9 years as the school’s senior English teacher. I love to teach literature and get students excited about reading books because there is no greater feeling in the world to me than picking up a good novel and letting your imagination soar.
Anthony Dulin has been a Special Educator for 11 years, spending the last six years with the UFT Secondary Charter School. When not spending time with his wife and three children, he is coaching basketball on the collegiate level at LaGuardia Community College. Whether coaching or teaching, Mr. Dulin believes that we all have different learning styles that should be appreciated, and is why he always works with Albert Einstein’s words in mind that “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
I was born in Panama. My family lived in Germany and several U.S. states before we moved to New York. I was raised in Brooklyn. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at St. John’s University with a double major in Biology and Spanish. I attended Hunter College, where I earned a Master’s in Adolescent Science Education. I began my teaching career as a science teacher; later I became a Spanish teacher. This is my eighth year at the UFT Charter High School.
I am the Guidance Counselor for the 10th Grade. My School Counseling degree is from the University of Florida. I have also worked as a Statistitian and a Mental Health Counselor. I grew up in Temuco, Chile and I am fluent in Spanish. I enjoy working with young adults to help them reach there potential.
I have worked at The UFT Charter School for eight years where I began my counseling career within the Elementary, Middle and currently the 9th grade in High School. I enjoy working with all ages of children, youth, and their families. I am excited to be the coach of the Lady Warriors Track team. I earned my Master’s in Counseling from Fordham University with a certification in Mental Health Counseling. I take a lot of pride being a counselor at The UFTSCS and I want to see all of our students excel and reach their highest potential in whatever they set out to accomplish. I consider myself blessed to be able to work with my students and in a profession that I truly have a passion for.
“If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius” Joseph Addison
It has been my pleasure to be a part of the UFT School Community for four years and counting. I began my journey at UFT as a 7th Grade ELA teacher and currently teach 11th Grade English. Becoming a teacher was a dream I had back when I was in 7th grade and was able to achieve this dream by attending Hofstra University. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and hold a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. My favorite topic to teach is Dystopian Fiction and Psychological Warfare. My favorite novel is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A quote that I base my teaching practices around is “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” I look forward to continue working with the wonderful community of the UFT Charter High School!
My name is Junior Fernandez. I have had the pleasure of working at the UFT Charter School since its inception in 2006. This will be my 11th year teaching. I have taught 6th grade science, 7th and 8th grade social studies, as well as 9th thru 12th grade English. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Technical Communications from New York University. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching Literacy from Touro College. I really enjoy teaching literature because it combines my love of storytelling and history. I live my life by the mantra of Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
My name is Ulner Edouard, and I am from New York City. I lived in New York State most of my life. I knew I wanted to be a teacher at an early age. I always enjoyed helping other students in class with reading and mathematics. My undergraduate degree inMath from University of Buffalo provided me with many hours of practical classroom experience each semester and culminated in full-time student teaching experiences at a local middle school and high school.
Apart from my work, I have many interests. I love being outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities include walking, jogging, biking, cross-country skiing, and kayaking. I am interested in birds and wildflowers as well. Top of the list of my favorite indoor activities is cooking and reading. My family is the foundation of my life. I treasure most of all, spending time with my immediate, and my extended families.
I was born and raised on Long Island; which is where I currently reside. I am the mother to a wonderful 11 year old boy named Brayden and I adore animals of all kinds. As a student myself, I used to fantasize about being the teacher standing in front of the room which is what led me to enroll in education classes in college. Currently, I possess a bachelor’s degree in English and a Masters in Elementary and Secondary education, which I acquired from Dowling College. I also received my certification from Molloy College to teach English Language Learners. I taught middle school for eight years as well as second grade for one year on Long Island. This is my second year at UFT Secondary Charter School where I teach ELL and English.
Hi, my name is Mr. Puleio and I have been teaching at the UFT charter school for 5 years. I attended Stony Brook University for my teaching degree in Science. My favorite subjects to teach are both Chemistry and Living Environment. Having every student do well and excel is my ultimate goal. I am looking forward to a great and productive year.
Ms. Satriano has worked at the UFT Charter School for 5 years. She graduated from Long Island University, C.W. Post in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in education with a concentration in social studies. She began her career here as a middle school social studies teacher and as of last year, has transitioned into the role of Coordinator of Student Activities. After completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education in May of 2016, she excited to be working as the 10th grade special education teacher in addition to her role as COSA this school year.
My name is Stephanie Schaefer and I am the Living Environment Teacher at UFT Charter High School. I am from Long Island, New York and have taught science in more than one state. I attended Stony Brook University for my Bachelors in Science for Biology and my minor in Chemistry. I also attended Stony Brook University for my Masters in Education with a science specialty. GO SEA WOLVES! Before I was a teacher, I was a national-level athlete and competed as a baton twirler across the country. I have been coaching individual and travel teams since I was 12 years old and passing on a special skill to anyone is my passion. I had also done research on marine and land invertebrates as a senior in my undergraduate career. I also have an intense passion for studying neuropharmacology, marine invertebrate zoology, and forensic science, so my passion in science is extremely diverse. I look forward to making your child just as passionate about the curiosity of how natural phenomena occurs in our everyday lives and to also help them become outstanding citizens in our society.
Martin Tyrrell is the United States’ history and government teacher at UFT. Martin grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a BA in History from The City College of New York and a Masters of Education in Social Studies Education from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hi. When Martin is not teaching he is playing the guitar or practicing yoga.
My name is James P. Virgilio and I am a second year teacher at the UFT Charter School. I currently teach Economics, Government, and Philosophy while also being an active member of the Social Studies Department. I Attended New York University for my undergraduate studies and received my Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from Queens College. I was born and raised in Queens, New York and I have always had a great interest history from a young age.
“I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.” –The Faces
I was born in Guyana and was granted a scholarship in 1983 to study a BS. Degree in Fisheries Studies (Statistics) at Humberside College of Higher Education, England. In 1989 I completed a Post Grad Diploma in Mathematics at the University of Guyana. Later that year I completed a Certificate in Oceanography (Mathematical Modeling), from the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. In 2001, I obtained my MS in Education (Mathematics) at Brooklyn College, New York, USA. received The New York City Department of Education Big Apple Award(Recognizing Teacher Excellence).
I have nineteen years of teaching experience with the Department of Education. I am a member of the United States Chess Federation, and I represented Guyana in several chess tournaments.
I was born in the Dominican Republic. My family migrated to the United States when I was one year old, so you could say that I was practically born and raised here. I earned my Bachelor’s in Art Degree at Queens College with a major in Spanish. I taught Spanish as a Foreign Language in IS 109 Junior High School for 7 years. I then moved to Tampa, Florida and taught in a high school for 3 years. I did my Master’s in Childhood Education and Special Education grades 1-6 in Touro College. Now I am fortunate enough to teach at the UFT Charter High School.