About the PFT

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The PFT represents more than 13,000 dedicated women and men working in Philadelphia public schools today.

PFT members include teachers, librarians, school nurses, counselors, psychologists and social workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, classroom assistants, non-teaching assistants, supportive services assistants, Head Start/Comprehensive Early Learning Center and Bright Futures teachers and staff, food service managers and professional and technical employees.


  • Negotiates the collective bargaining agreement that establishes working conditions, salaries and benefits;
  • Administers union-won benefits, including dental, prescription and vision care services
  • Assists members with work-related problems
  • Offers professional development
  • Promotes the use of research-based programs proven to raise student achievement
  • Keeps members informed about education issues
  • Advocates politically on behalf of members and students.

The PFT is committed to providing Philadelphia's children with the highest quality education possible. We are leading the fight to reduce class sizes, expand early childhood education, use proven education programs, make schools safe and orderly and offer resources and support for teachers, staff and students.

Every school and work location has a PFT Building Representative elected by you and your colleagues to help you with day-to-day issues you may encounter.

The PFT also has Regional Staff Representatives to assist members with larger, more complex issues.

In addition, the PFT has Information Officers and Personnel Officers available by telephone to help you with emergencies or immediate concerns or questions.



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Executive Officers, Board Members and Staff

President Jerry Jordan
General Vice President Arlene Kempin
Treasurer Art Steinberg
Secretary Freda Sydnor-Joell
Legislative Representative Hillary Linardopoulos
Associate Secretary Wendy G. Coleman
Vice President Senior and Technical HS Edward Olsen
Vice President Middle Schools Joan M. McGowan
Vice President Elementary Schools Denise Rogers
Senior High Representatives Vincent Rutland
Antoinette Calimag
Technical/Skill Center Representative Rainiel Guzman
Middle Representatives Amy Gottesman
Matthew Mandel
Kristen Young
Elementary Representatives Eric Blaustein
John Coats
Jaclyn Rosenfeld
Special Education Representative Louise Jordan
Paraprofessional Representative LeVella Montgomery
Secretary Representative Eartha Mack
NTA Representative Michael Levister
Professional Supportive Service Representative Ruth Garcia
Reading Assistant/SSA Representative Janet Ellis
Members at Large Sunny Bavaro
Bonnee B. Bentum
Suzanne Cappo
Stephanie Conaghan
Jodi Fleishman
Jeffrey E. Price
Thinh Thach
Reading Assistant/SSA Representative Janet Ellis
Professional/Technical Representative Glen Hampton
Per Diem Substitute Representative Cynthia Felton
Food Service Managers Representative Steven Brinkley
Long-Term Substitute Representative Wilma Henderson
Retirement Chapter Liaison Jerry Pollack
PFT Staff Representatives Cyndi Bolden
Suzanne Cataline
LeShawna Coleman
Wendy G. Coleman
Raniel Guzman
Hillary Linardopoulos
Ed Olsen
Information Officers Erik Fleming
Evette Jones
Grievance Chairperson/Legal Services Crystal Barnett
Human Resources Arlene Kempin
Special Assistant to the President Denise Rogers
PFT Health & Welfare Fund Art Steinberg, Chairman
Rosalind Jones-Johnson, Education Director
Sean Kelly, Coordinator