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Evelyn De Jesus

Evelyn DeJesus is the United Federation of Teachers Vice President for Education, a position she has held for the past three years. She also serves as a national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and is a member of the advisory board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. A skilled teacher and trained administrator, Evelyn DeJesus is a fierce advocate for justice undaunted and unafraid to speak truth to power. She has made that advocacy a cornerstone of her job at the United Federation of Teachers and as a member of the AFT’s English Language Learners Cadre and chair of the AFT’s Latino Issues Task Force. Evelyn was a social worker and paraprofessional before becoming a teacher in a school in Manhattan’s Chinatown with many young students who spoke a variety of languages and had varying degrees of English proficiency. She won wide acclaim for her exemplary practices and outstanding outcomes in that position, becoming the school’s chapter leader, then UFT’s District 2 representative and subsequently, the borough representative for Manhattan, prior to becoming the union’s education vice president. Evelyn holds a number of state and national positions. She was newly elected to the National Association of Bilingual Education Executive Regional Board. She is on the national executive board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). At the state level, Evelyn serves on the New York State United Teachers board of directors and heads NYSUT’s labor and religion coalition. In her current position, she works closely with the New York State Board of Regents on the policies and regulations that govern learning standards, teacher certification and enhance the education of English language learners. Evelyn earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Education and Public Administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in Reading and Curriculum Development from Fordham University.

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