The PEF Training and Education Department is responsible for working with PEF’s elected leaders, members and staff to assess professional development needs and to make available opportunities and resources to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities around:

  • Understanding and representing PEF member’s contractual and legal rights
  • Leading and implementing the initiatives, policies and procedures adopted by the Union
  • Advocating to protect and enhance members’ rights and benefits
  • Enhancing job performance skills and career mobility; maintaining professional licensure and accreditation

Staff in PEF Training and Education partner with internal PEF resources, such as Field Services, Civil Service Enforcement and Contract Administration and with outside academic and topic area experts, including international unions and venders to develop and deliver training through conferences, classroom sessions, online and other media training modalities. The Department responds to requested training by designing programs tailored to the specific identified needs of the group or location to be trained. The training reflects real work life issues and scenarios experienced by PEF members on the job in New York State.

The Department also brokers educational opportunities available contractually through the various Articles and Agreements with the State of New York. Staff represent the Union’s training and educational needs at the Article 15 Professional Development Committee (PDC) meetings with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.

Providing supportive training and educational services to PEF membership, elected leaders, and staff is critical to developing and maintaining an informed, actively engaged Union that is both powerful and influential.

“The end of all education should surely be service to others.”

– Cesar E. Chavez

Training and Education Staff:

Training Specialists

Kim Loccisano has been with PEF since 1994 and is a Training Specialist.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.  Recently Kim received a Master Trainer Certificate through the Rutgers School of Social Work.  Kim has created and facilitated various training programs for the Training and Education Department, Health and Safety Department and the Organizing Department.  Kim is also assigned to the Article 15 Professional Development Committee which reviews and provides programs to meet the professional development needs of the PEF membership.

Tammy Carney began her career with PEF in 2005.  Tammy received her B.S. in Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.  As a Training Specialist, Tammy creates engaging curriculum and training programs for PEF members from the beginning of the curriculum, conducts the training workshop itself, and then seeks feedback through the evaluation process.  In addition to in person training, she creates online training programs, which can be found on the PEF website. Recently, Tammy earned a Master Trainer Certificate from the Rutgers School of Social Work and  is certified to teach MBTI.

AFT Share My Lesson

Attention PEF teachers! One of our parent unions, the American Federation of Teachers, has an amazing online resource you can use.  Just head to and click on the “AFT Members” tab in the top menu. You’ll find lesson plans, tips on how to navigate distance learning and engage remote students, even webinars you can watch to earn CTLE credits. Most of the content is free, but some of the credit courses carry a minimal fee. Check the site often because AFT updates it with new resources as the educational landscape changes during the pandemic.​