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 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.
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 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.
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”.
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 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
Coordinator of Student Activities & Social Studies Teacher
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.