2009-05-29 / Community

Pheffer Joins Teachers For Their 20th Anniversary Gala

Pictured with Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer are several teachers from the Association of Filipino Teacher of America as well as, to her right, Pacita Ros, chair of the event and a teacher at P.S. 207 in Rockwood Park. Pictured with Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer are several teachers from the Association of Filipino Teacher of America as well as, to her right, Pacita Ros, chair of the event and a teacher at P.S. 207 in Rockwood Park. Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) was pleased to join the Association of Filipino Teachers of America for their 20th Anniversary Gala held May 9, 2009 at the Astoria World Manor.

"The Association of Filipino Teachers of America is an outstanding organization that has been in the forefront of helping to provide quality education for our New York City schools," said Pheffer.

Beginning in the mid 1980s, when NYC was facing a teacher shortage in their inner-city schools, the Board of Education began recruiting teachers from the Philippines.

Especially during 2003-2008, Filipino teachers were heavily recruited to teach math and the sciences.

These exceptional educators have become an integral part of the New York City School system and today teach in countless schools throughout the city. Many have gone on to become supervisors and administrators helping the new teachers of today.

"The Association of Filipino Teachers of America has played an invaluable role in shaping the future of our great city and I was honored to be able to join them for this event to offer thanks on behalf of the entire New York State Assembly and all the students of New York City for all they have contributed to our school system," said Pheffer.

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