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Resolutions Opposing Teacher Layoffs (View Sample)

  • Chancellor's Citywide Parent Advisory Council 

  • Community Education Council 18, Brooklyn

  • Community Education Council 15, Brooklyn

  • Community Education Council 25, Queens

  • Community Education Council 11, Bronx

  • Community Education Council 12, Bronx

  • Community Education Council 14, Brooklyn

  • Community Education Council 9, Bronx

  • Community Education Council 17, Brooklyn

  • Community Education Council 3, Manhattan

  • Community Education Council 30, Queens

  • Community Education Council 1, Manhattan

  • Community Education Council 6, Manhattan

  • Community Education Council 31, Staten Island

  • Community Education Council 7, Bronx

  • Manhattan Community Board 10 

  • Manhattan Community Board 7 

  • Bronx Community Board 4

Guidance and support provided by the great teachers at PS165Q have been so valuable to my children that it reflects in each and every field they take part in and excel.
-- Harpreet from Queens
In the three years my children have attended PS 144 every one of their teachers has been outstanding.
-- Nira from Queens
[Ms. Han] is worth more than you could ever pay, and the students need teacher's time and attention to help instill the love of learning.
-- Laury from Manhattan
My daughter's essay was a regional finalist in the “My Favorite Teacher” contest. I think it is a testament to the great education she is receiving at PS 10.
-- Heidi from Brooklyn
Caitlin Farrell is that kind of teacher who could and does change kids' lives. She is dedicated, affectionate, hard-working, fun, smart and somehow knows how to keep control of the whole high-spirited class.
-- Kate from Manhattan
Ms. Lombardi is OUTSTANDING. She is smart, warm, kind, understanding, etc. She always writes extensive, considered responses to my questions. She is a gem.
-- Maureen from Brooklyn
Children need Ms. Amanda Hirsh. She has everything our children need.
-- Jin from Manhattan
My son has a wonderful teacher, she is patient, understanding, intelligent and best of all she loves the children.
-- Joe from Brooklyn
Laurie Faber has changed our lives. Since coming to 158, our daughter's math skills have improved in a way one can describe as "quantum."
-- Gina from Manhattan
To lose Madeline, or any of the wonderful staff at PS3 would be heartbreaking and deny other parents the opportunity to see their children excel and grow in such a nurturing and dynamic environment.
-- Alison from Manhattan
Ms. Carole Singer is my daughter’s 2nd grade teacher. She is the best teacher my daughter has ever had.
-- Michelle from Manhattan
Frank returned to the classroom after being the assistant principal for six years, a move which I was told is highly unusual. He returned because he loves children and he loves teaching.
-- Brett from Brooklyn
Ms. Ross is passionate, creative, enthusiastic and creates a dynamic learning environment that far exceeds what I believe is expected of a kindergarten class.
-- Peter from Brooklyn
Sharon Rauceo is an amazing talented Kindergarten teacher at PS107 in Brooklyn. It would be a travesty to lose her.
-- Aisling from Brooklyn
Elizabeth Ruiz at PS187 is the "best teacher in the whole world," according to my 2nd-grader. One of her students from a previous class says "she changed my life by getting me interested in reading."
-- Rachel from Manhattan
My sons teacher Mrs.Cameron is the best, she takes time out of her personal time to teach her students. She has and still is helping and has helped my son.
-- Jolinda from Queens
Each child, not just those who are under-performing, or are trouble makers deserve special attention to further develop their special talents and abilities.
-- Jen from Brooklyn
Our daughter is coming to the end of her kindergarten year with Ms Sarah at PS 107, an absolutely fantastic teacher at a very good, if overcrowded, school.
-- William from Brooklyn
These are dedicated loving people who are at school after hours, always available by email or in person, ready to help every child with compassion, patience, and respect for parents.
-- Amy from Brooklyn
Sarah Hesson at Amistad is amazing; it would be a profound loss and shame if she was laid off.
-- Mark from Manhattan
Ms. Bouchard speaks to children with love even when she is helping them to resolve conflict. She recognizes their individual needs, which is only possible with a small class size, and teaches to their strengths, which could never be recognized through test scores.
-- Janine from Brooklyn
Ms Lisa Chow in K110 at PS41 has not just taught 22 kids to read and write, she has also sowed the seed of loving learning in all these kindergartners which will last a lifetime. She inspires the kids with her warmth, love and enthusiasm.
-- Emma from Manhattan
Our daughter has blossomed in her classroom – not only in her reading and writing, but in her social development – as have the other students. In conversations with parents I have consistently heard not only praise, but amazement, at how beautifully she handles the class.
-- Tanya from Bronx
This level of harmony is not a given but is tremendously important for the kids. Ms Beth is the teacher to hire - not fire!
-- Audrey from Brooklyn
Wonderful teachers like Ms. Ina and Ms. Sophie who bring a sense of calm and intelligence to a test happy 3rd grade curriculum are very much needed. Without their diligence, creativity, and guidance, my daughter would not have blossomed in the way she has this year.
-- Cathy from Brooklyn
The extra help of AIS teachers in math and reading have been invaluable. Laying off good teachers is not the answer.
-- Amy from Brooklyn

Great teachers are building blocks of great Society. They become greater when they act as half parents as well.

Knowingly or unknowingly, every such teacher inculcates the values, an urge to learn & succeed, a zeal to create better world and environs around ourselves.

Guidance and support provided by Great teachers like Mrs. Rina Walter, Mrs. Nina Amato, Mrs. Felice Clyne, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Taylor (Since retired), Mrs Solomon, Mrs Mofatt, Mrs Mastrantones, Mrs Isaac, Mrs. Demillio and others at PS165Q have been so valuable to my children that it reflects in each and every field they take part in and excel.

I salute to such teachers and wish every student is blessed with such great teachers !!!

-- Harpreet from Queens

In the three years my children have attended PS 144 every one of their teachers has been outstanding. Each one has a special passion they bring to the standard curriculum: art, animals, writing, music, and theater are a few examples.

However, I have already seen the negative effects of large class size due to limited monetary resources. Currently, there are 28 students in my daughter's first grade class. With fewer teachers, not only will students lose exposure to the unique passions these teachers bring into the classroom, but they will lose out on traditional learning as well with more time spent on issues due to overcrowding.

It is not fair to our students or our teachers to increase the number of students in a class.

-- Nira from Queens

Christine Han is an excellent teacher. Not only is she a Master's level professional, but she is well equipped and trained and really connects with the students. She finds ways to help them learn as she uses their interests and exploring the science, math, and other learning points within those topics to make math and science fun!

She is worth more than you could ever pay, and the students need teacher's time and attention to help instill the love of learning.

Everyone knows that smaller class sizes improves the environment for learning and success for our children, more than the costs of testing, technology or even sending in specialists from the outside to try to help less teachers do the job with crowded classrooms.

-- Laury from Manhattan

The essay below was a regional finalist (top ten in the tristate area) in the “My Favorite Teacher” contest. I think it is a testament to the great education my daughter is receiving at PS 10.

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My name is Sophia. I am in first grade at P.S. 10 in Brooklyn. My teachers are Ms. Lindley and Ms. Buntley.

On every Monday, I have choice time, and I really like big books. On every Friday, we have treasure chest which is a cardboard treasure chest which has toys in it. We have name tags and if you get 10 points, you get to go in the treasure chest on Friday.

I like Ms. Buntley. When I asked if I could try Berenstain Bear books, she said yes! She teaches us math. The way she reaches makes math fun. I like the game Top It the best.

I like Ms. Lindley. I like it when Ms. Lindley holds my hand when we walk down the stairs. It makes me feel happy. I like when we play Hangman. It’s fun and we learn to spell, two good things. She reads fun books like American Girls and Boxcar Children. Chapter books. She made us diaries to write in. All she did was fold paper in a book shape and stapled it. You can draw in them.

When they are together, we have a lot of fun.

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-- Heidi from Brooklyn

Caitlin Farrell is that kind of teacher who could and does change kids' lives. Our daughter had her for two years and now our son has had her for 2nd and now 3rd grade at PS3. Our two kids are as different as they can be and she has been a wonderful teacher to each of them. She is dedicated, affectionate, hard-working, fun, smart and somehow knows how to keep control of the whole high-spirited class. She figures out what special talent each child holds inside and helps that child really blossom in that area.

Not only has she been amazing with our kids, I have seen her coax -- with constant support, not humiliation -- the most shy and timid kids, and non-English speaking kids, to open up and speak in front of the whole class and parents by the end of the year with ease. She builds their confidence in the most lovely and loving way. This is the mark of a truly great teacher and I cannot imagine PS3 without her.

We are so lucky to have her as a teacher in the first place. She is underpaid, has a class that is too large, and works without the supplies she really needs and does it with grace and a smile. Her job should be valued and respected, not subject to layoffs!!

We must stop this terrible misuse of our societal resources now!

-- Kate from Manhattan

Ms. Lombardi is OUTSTANDING. She has taken on a Gifted and Talented Kindergarten-1st grade class, and even though she keeps track of about 4 different ability levels and assignments in reading and math, I have never seen her not smiling.

She is smart, warm, kind, understanding, etc. She always writes extensive, considered responses to my questions. She is a gem. She took over this year when Mrs. Conti went on maternity leave to have twins. Mrs. Conti is also an exceptional, smart teacher.

We also love Mrs. Jensen and her assistant Ms. Audrey last year, who taught my daughter's pre-K class. Mrs. Jensen is an incredibly sunny and energetic teacher. She and Ms. Audrey warmly nurtured our daughter and helped her develop into the strong reader she is now (reading at a nearly 5th grade level as a kindergarten kid).

Mr. Seidner (the music teacher) is tremendous. He has my daughter's class playing keyboards with two hands (in kindergarten). He has a great sense of humor and is doing a lot of hard, dedicated work to establish a band program in the upper elementary grades--the only band program in our neighborhoods, I believe. Ms. Conway is also a terrific, warm Spanish teacher.

KEEP THESE TEACHERS AND THE REST OF THE P.S. 132 TEACHERS AND STAFF!

-- Maureen from Brooklyn

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