AFT Vice President
Evelyn DeJesus is the vice president for education for the United Federation of Teachers in New York City. She began her career in education working as a state-certified parent educator and then as an assistant director for the Even Start Program for pregnant teens, all while pursuing a bachelor's degree. She went on to become an early childhood teacher and reading specialist at PS 126. Her innovative instructional strategies became the model for collaborative team teaching, and her classroom was a lab site for visitors and instructional leaders throughout New York. Based on her accomplishments as an instructional leader, DeJesus was selected for inclusion into the Aspiring Leaders Institute for prospective principals, but she channeled her energies instead toward union advocacy, becoming the school's chapter leader and the UFT's District 2 representative.
DeJesus holds a number of state and national positions. At the state level, she serves on the New York State United Teachers board of directors, NYSUT Executive Council and heads NYSUT's Labor and Religion Coalition. On the national level, she serves on the executive board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and on the AFT Teachers program and policy council, AFT English Language Learners Cadre, chair of the AFT Latino Task Force and is a member of the advisory council for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. At the UFT, she serves on the union's executive board, co-chairs the teacher evaluation committee and is a chairman of the UFT Charter School.
DeJesus’s spirituality extends into every aspect of her, and she credits her faith for her achievements. DeJesus is also a New York State Chaplain under the NYS Chaplain Task Force. She is the proud wife of Louie and the mother of two beautiful daughters, Tiffany and Kristina. She has been blessed with four grandchildren.