The PFT represents more than 11,000 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.

The PFT:
  • 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.

PFT Staff Working for You

The headquarters of the PFT is located in Center City at 1816 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Our phone number is 215-587-6738. The hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm – Monday through Friday. There are information officers on duty to assist you during the day or you may leave a message for your PFT Regional Staff Representative.

Click this link to find the name of your PFT Staff Representative by school/workplace.

PFT History Video: Solidarity Wins!

Executive Officers, Board Members and Staff


Jerry Jordan

General Vice President

Arlene Kempin


Art Steinberg


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

Head Start Representative

Tyrone Mebane

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

Wendy G. Coleman

Erik Fleming

Hillary Linardopoulos

Joan McGowan

Ed Olsen

Jackie Scott

Information Officers

Evette Jones

Freda Sydnor-Joell

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

Jackie Dubin, Coordinator

Stephanie Fedoroff, Coordinator

Sean Kelly, Coordinator

Robenna Wilson, Coordinator