New York City Region

The New York City  Region encompasses five borough: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx.  Our goal is to increase the number of teachers who pursue national board certification and facilitators in high needs schools.  In order to reach our goals we have support and partnerships with the United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center, CUNY Lehman, the NYC Department of Education, and Fordham University. This year because of additional grant funding, we are offering many cohort groups facilitated by trained Candidate Support Providers.  If anyone is still interested, we invite new candidates to contact us.  We are also excited to collaborate with the UFTTC and NYSUT to host the Writing institute for candidates. Stay tuned for our Awareness Sessions and end of the year celebrations in NYC.

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Regional Coordinator

Jes Kruse-Cerutti is a Nationally Board Certified teacher in English as a New Language for adolescents. She teaches in New York City high needs schools. She was the recipient of The R. Gaynor McCown Excellence in Teaching Award in New York City in 2013. Jes worked with high school ELLs to produce and publish two short story books that sell on Jes currently is an adjunct professor at the College of Mount St Vincent and teaches courses in the graduate TESOL department. In past years, she has facilitated several professional development classes and lectures around the country working with Expeditionary Learning Schools network. The sessions were given in order to assist content teachers with strategies to support ELLs in their classrooms and to make the learning accessible and meaningful to all English Language Learners.  

Support near you!








NBCT Facilitator                                  Email                                        Location

Gale Sookdeo                                         UFT Teacher Center, Manhattan

Migdalia Sanabria                    MS 140 Nathan Straus

Kishayna Hazlewood                   on-line support

Catherine Martin                                  Pre-candidate Study Group

Stephanie Cullaj                       Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn

Stephanie Balascio-Koenig                 Midtown Manhattan

Jes Cerutti                                          Park Slope Brooklyn

Candidate support groups will help you throughout your  certification process. Many cohorts meet 1-2 times per month and you will build a relationship and give and get feedback on the components. Research shows that people who are part of a study group have a better success rate of achievement. Go to one, go to all! At this point they are free. Please email any cohort leader for more information.


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Regional Coordinator:


Jessica Kruse-Cerutti, NBCT



UFT Teacher Center NBC Coordinator:
Gale Sookedeo, NBCT, PhD