PFT400 is staffed by a dedicated group of teachers and hired employees who work to further our mission of helping our children to learn, grow and succeed.
Nina Esposito-Visgitis has served as the President of PFT400 since 2011. She has worked for the Pittsburgh Public Schools for more than 20 years and has been nationally recognized for her work as a speech language specialist. As president of PFT400, Nina has been instrumental in reshaping education in Pittsburgh. She was a leader in creating a new teacher evaluation system that has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to problem solving in public education. At the same time, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that her members are given the time, tools, and resources necessary to be successful.
Nina is a 2012 Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow and serves on a number of boards, including the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, AFT Pennsylvania, Three Rivers Labor Management Council and Team Pennsylvania. She is also the co-chairperson of the state’s Special Education Communication Council. Nina received her Bachelor of Science and her Masters from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President and Staff Representative
William Hileman has been a Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) Executive Board member since 2006 and is currently the PFT Vice-President for Middle Schools, a PFT Staff Representative, and an AFT Pennsylvania Vice President. As a member of the PFT staff, Hileman represents 27 schools, student services, early childhood, school safety, and the Paraprofessional and Technical-Clerical units. He was a biology, chemistry, and physics teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools from 1986 until he became a PFT staff member in 2008.
Hileman is the PFT lead on the Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) initiative, implementation of the Working Conditions Survey, inclusion of TLE in school improvement plans, the creation of the Learning Environment Specialist (LES) career ladder position, and the creation of TLE and Student Services Liaison opportunities. Hileman is the PFT lead on the Promise Readiness Corps (PRC), a career ladder opportunity for teachers to improve outcomes for 9th and 10th grade students through a focused support program. He is the PFT point person for the implementation of the Tripod student perception survey.Along with experts from the AFT, Hileman is the PFT lead on the district’s development of fair and reliable value-added measures (VAMs).
Staff Representative and Parliamentarian
Harold worked as a social studies teacher for the Board of Education for 15 and a half years before joining PFT400 as a staff representative in February 2011. As a social studies teacher he worked with the staffs of Langley High School, Perry Traditional Academy, and Allderdice High Schools. He served as a building representative for 12 years and as a member-at-large on the Executive Board of PFT400 for 4 years. He currently serves as the parliamentarian for the executive board. Harold has been an active union member for years. He has served on numerous PFT400, AFTPA, and AFT boards and worked as an organizer in numerous federation campaigns.