Global Conference 2010
President, United Teachers Los Angeles
A.J. Duffy is President of United Teachers Los Angeles. Duffy's involvement in UTLA includes past service as west area chair, board member, strike captain, member of the UTLA House of Representatives and chapter chair. A longtime teacher, he has spent the past 14 years at Palms Middle School, with eight years as dean and six years as a special education teacher. Duffy has a passion for helping special education students, having been one himself. At 25, able to read at just a third-grade level, Duffy dedicated the next five years of his life to learning to read, comprehend and write at a higher level. That struggle left him determined to improve education. Duffy received a B.S. in community organizing from Antioch College and a teaching credential and special education credential from California State University, Los Angeles.