NYSUT Secretary/Treasurer - Nate Hathaway
Nate Hathaway is a high school social studies teacher, department coordinator, and Model UN advisor at Franklin Academy High School in the Malone Central School District. For eight of his eleven years in the district, he has been a union activist. Starting as a union representative on a building improvement committee, Nate quickly rose to become Vice-President and LAP coordinator of his local and two years later became President of the Malone Federation of Teachers. He has also been a delegate to the NYSUT Representative Assembly, a member of NYSUT’s Special Area Committee for Social Studies, and a 2014-15 graduate of the NYSUT Leadership Institute.
As a parent, teacher, and union activist, Nate has spent the last several years fighting against the education “reform” agenda that has demonized the teaching profession and victimized students across the state. He spoke out against the Common Core standards/curriculum and benchmarking at the Common Core forum in Lake Placid. He helped organize locals in his region to take part in rallies against Cuomo’s 2015 education budget. He’s lead an Opt-Out movement in his community that has not only led to a dramatic increase in Opt-Out numbers within his home district, but within many surrounding districts as well.
As a founding member of the Stronger Together Caucus, and regional vice-chair for the North Country, Nate has helped lead a movement within NYSUT, intent on democratizing the organization and empowering members from all locals. It is his belief that the power structure of NYSUT has left too many locals behind and disenfranchised. As a local president and regional vice-chair, Nate has also advocated for NYSUT leadership to be responsive to the whole membership by addressing a wide range of concerns surrounding APPR and the Common Core testing and standards.
As a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer of NYSUT, Nate hopes to present a vision for a fiscally responsible NYSUT that demonstrates a respect for the diverse needs of all locals and the many employees of the organization. Nate and the members of the Stronger Together Caucus governing board understand that in order for NYSUT to provide the services locals need and want, any belt-tightening needs to start at the top of the organization.
President of the Malone Federation of Teachers