Officers and Executive Board
President, Nicole Capsello
I began my journey in the SCSD as a building sub at Meachem Elementary, where I eventually was hired on as a permanent Special Education Teacher in a second grade inclusion room. I landed over at Salem Hyde about 7 years later continuing to co-teach in multiple grade levels. My involvement in the union began over at Meachem and continued when I moved into Salem Hyde. I served as their Chief Rep for 4 years. I have served on the Executive Board for the last 4 years as a Unit 1 Director and as the 3rd Vice President. Throughout those years I have participated in multiple committees including APPR, Safety Task Force, Coordinating Committee on Professional Development and been a part of our negotiations team. I had the opportunity to participate in the NYSUT Leadership Institute and become a proud graduate that program. I now have the honor of serving as your President.
1st Vice President, William Magnarelli
I have been a teacher in SCSD for 16 years, teaching Social Studies and the middle and high school levels and am currently teaching Adult Education. I am passionate about our union and look to make sure all of our members are represented fairly. I have been an STA Rep and Chief Rep at various buildings and am excited to meet the challenge of being your 1st VP.
2nd Vice President, Donald Little III
It has been my honor and joy to serve as STA’s Second Vice-President for a little more than eight years. I have been active in the STA since 2002. I have been engaged in school, district, and state level union leadership. I have been a member of the executive board for nine and a half years. I am most proud of getting the district to pass a sweatshop free resolution related to apparel purchases. I have been a strong advocate for members’ rights and have worked diligently to have their voices heard within Nottingham and across the district. My greatest area of focus and interest within our Association is retirement. I am also an adjunct professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at SUNY Oswego.
3rd Vice President Jennifer Horn
I teach first grade at Webster Elementary. I began teaching in 1996 before coming to SCSD in 2002. I worked as a Building Substitute at Ed Smith Elementary for three months before being hired into a probationary position at Webster Elementary. During my time at Webster, I have taught grades 1st-4th, with most of my experience in first grade. I was a Building Rep from 2010 to 2012 before being elected as Chief Rep in 2012, a position I have held since. I served on our most recent Unit 1 negotiations team. I believe in advocating for our students, being an agent for change in our schools and creating an atmosphere of collegial support. I want to empower our members to do to use their voice to do same.
STA 4th Vice President / Unit 7 President Bernard Washington
I have been employed by the SCSD for 39 years. I have been a cook for the past 35 years. Currently I am the 4th Vice President and Unit 7 President of Syracuse Teachers Association. I have served on the STA Executive Board since October 2005.
I have attended several state and national conferences during my tenure. Sharing the information from these conferences is rewarding and fulfilling. I have participated in NYSUT’s and AFT’s Health and Safety Train the Trainer program. I am trained to facilitate “Ergonomics for Food Service Workers”, “Indoor Air Quality” and “CPR AED Basic First Aid”. I was proud to be name STA’s SRP of the Year in 2004.
I have served STA members as follows:
Sta 4th Vice President 2019 to present
Sta Unit 7 President 2005- 2007 and 2010 to present
NYSUT Pac SRP at large 2016 to present
NYSUT Health and Safety Committee 2017 to present
NYSUT SRP Advisory Committee 2021
NYSUT/ AFT Delegate 1994 to present
NYSUT/ NEA State Delegate 2021
CBTU Trustee 2018 to present
CNY SRP Council 2018 to present
NYSUT Leadership Institute 2012-2013
SCSD District wide Health and Safety Committee 2018 to present
National Coalition Building Institute Trainer
Treasurer, Richard Rogers
Since beginning in the SCSD in 1997, I have learned many lessons, the most important lesson being that we need to listen to each other. I have been fortunate enough to have spent the past twenty years teaching at Edward Smith School where I took on many roles for both my students and colleagues. Listening to what they have to say, and taking action when the need arises, has led me to where I proudly and humbly am today.
I was introduced to union activism by the previous Chief Rep at Ed Smith where I later became the Chief Rep. This led to my further involvement in our union, becoming a Unit 1 Rep five years ago at the encouragement of many colleagues. In addition to being a member of the Executive Board, I am a member of the Finance Committee as well as the School Safety Task Force.
I look forward to serving you over the next three years in my new leadership role. The lessons I have learned in the past will be even more important as we need our union to continue to strengthen as we stand side by side fighting for the same cause, our children. I vow to listen to you and act when the need arises as I always have.
STA Recording Secretary James Smith
I graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Textual Studies. Teaching English in the Syracuse City School District for seventeen years at T. Aaron Levy Middle School, Edward Smith K-8, and William Nottingham High School has been my passion, but I have been honored to experience many other roles in education. In the Syracuse City School District, I have tutored, taught and mentored students in grades seven through twelve. At the collegiate level, I have also served as an adjunct instructor in writing and public presentation courses at The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. I currently teach assessment and English education methods at Syracuse University as well.
I am proud to be a building representative at Nottingham just as I was proud to attend the NYSUT Leadership Institute several years ago. I am also thrilled to give back to my union by serving a role on the recent contract negotiations team, and also engaging with the Coordinating Committee for Professional Development. I have been a delegate for several years.
Unit 1 Director Juanita Dyer
I began teaching in the district in 1996, where I taught grades 2 – 5 at Bellevue. In 2005, I transferred to Clary, where I taught science, social studies, math, ELA, AVID and AIS. While at Clary, I became a Rep. When I transferred to Grant in 2017, I continued as a Rep. and currently I am teaching 6th grade Science. I am a Cohort 3 – Fuse Fellow. In 2021, I was nominated to the PSPB (Professional Standards & Practices Board for Teaching). I always advocate for what’s right and my colleagues can depend on me to provide a strong voice when necessary.