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The Brooklyn Tech community is heartbroken and saddened by the tragic news that beloved Social Studies teacher Mr. Andrew Decker has passed away suddenly a few days ago. We wanted to give all students a chance to post memorable anecdotes and photos of Mr. Decker for us to post on the school website. Click headline above for more info and to submit photos. As always if you need grief counseling contact Mr. Ventura or your guidance counselor.

Good morning Brooklyn Tech,

Im saddened by the news of Mr. Decker's untimely passing. I will never forget him playing various types of music for his students as they entered his classroom on the 7th floor. I remember walking pass his classroom one day and hearing one of my favorite artist blaring through the speakers, Nas. I appreciated the calming routine he set for his students to get them ready and focused for the lesson. In support of the school community and the passing of Mr. Andrew Decker, the following is available for all students and staff. Attached you will find a beautiful eulogy written by his friend Mr. Lederer.

Support for Students:

Your counselor has already reached out to you with pertinent information about how to contact them. Be sure to follow up accordingly if you need to talk. They will be available from 8:00am-3:10pm Monday-Friday.

Here's a link to a memorial page on Brooklyn Tech's website. Anyone can post a pic and/or write a memory about Mr. Decker.

Ms. Martini and Ms. Knights- Brooklyn Technical High School Social Workers

They have established a Google classroom that is dedicated to staff and students to discuss a whole host of topics that will serve to help us through this difficult time. Until Friday, March 27th, they will be available from 1:00pm-2:50pm for anyone wishing to comment and/or have a discussion about Mr. Decker and his lasting memory. The google classroom ID is uvipypq.

You can also always make an appointment with Ms. Martini if you want a call back to talk -

Support for Staff:

Morning: Ms. Ford has The Morning Coffee Time which will focus this week on managing grief and stress. Staff are free to share experiences of working with Mr. Decker.

Afternoon: The UFT Consultation Committee set up the Virtual Tech Cafeteria last week. A reminder was sent via the UFT email list about popping in during lunch to connect with colleagues.

Support for All:


Counseling Available via Unions:
DC 37 Health and Security
Personal Service Unit
Phone: 212-815-1250

UFT Members Assistance Program
Phone: 212-701-9620
52 Broadway, New York, NY

NYC Employees Assistance Program
Phone: 212-306-7660
CWA- Local 1180
Employee Assistance Program
Contact: Terry Livorsi
Phone: 1-888-828-7826

Community Support:
Brooklyn Counseling Services- Brooklyn Heights 26 Court st, 14th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11242 Phone: 718-232-8600

Community Counseling & Mediation (CCM)
Address: 25 Elm Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-802-0666

Brooklyn Bereavement Groups
Adult Bereavement groups available
Contact: Rashida Sanchez, MA,NFT
Phone: 347-504-2704

Abby R. Spilka, MA, CT, MH-LP
Phone: 917-574-6879
Address: St. Josephs High School
80 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
To find counseling in your area contact 1-888-NYC-WELL Or text "WELL" to 65173


Johnny Ventura
Assistant Principal of Guidance
Brooklyn Technical H.S.