PFT Member Emmanuel Gonzaelz, a second grade teachers at Ellwood Elementary, has an important Inquirer Op-Ed on the urgent need for safe and comfortable learning envrionments in every classroom of every school.
“I can still hear Miss Alice Graham’s voice reminding my classmates and me at West Philadelphia High School that corresponding parts of congruent triangles are equal. She would tap the chalkboard, reminding us of the mnemonic device, and we'd jot ‘CPCTE’ down in our notebooks. Surely, I wasn't frantically writing down the geometry lesson because I had dreams of becoming a mathematician – I liked math well enough, but Miss Graham was teaching, and I was listening. Miss Graham offered what so many great educators do: a feeling of belonging. She made her students feel valued and
Congratulations to PFT President Jerry Jordan who, along with AFT Pennsylvania Pres Arthur Steinberg and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Pres Nina Esposito-Visgitis, was named to City and State PA's 2022 Labor Power 100 list. Union strong!
PFT was well-represented at President Joe Biden’s historic speech at Independence Hall on Thursday evening! Pictured are Gemayel Keyes, Jacqueline Pinkston, Anndra Wilson, Kate Sundeen, Sarah Apt, PFT Staff Representative Ray Guzman, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and Councilmember Helen Gym.