Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
AUBURN — Louise Gaskins: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 Sword St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite #7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Robert Zbikowski: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 78 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg; Call
978.297.0123 or e-mail: email@example.com.
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Mary Parry: third and fourth
Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA
Northeast Office, 50 Salem St., Building B,
Lynnfield; 781.246.9779, or at home, 978.372.2031.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
home, 413.443.1722; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAYNHAM — Mary Hanna or Edward Nelson:
third Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
M TA Southeast Office, 756 Orchard Street, third
floor, Raynham; 508.822.5371. Call Nelson at home,
774.239.7823, or Hanna at home, 781.545.2069.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward
McCourt, Wellesley; 781.325.2553; e-mail:
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at M TA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
T he Student Education Asso- ciation of Massachusetts is growing, and people are
At its Student Leadership
Conference this year, the National
Education Association presented
SEAM with awards for an overall
membership increase and for forming a
But an association that helps
future educators get off to a good
professional start while they are still
in college can never be too large,
so SEAM has been reaching out to
community college students in hopes
of seeding new chapters.
SEAM, which is guided by MTA
members and staff but led by students,
provides a forum for professional
development and networking.
Members of the Massachusetts
association not only routinely meet
with their peers around the state, but
also exchange ideas with aspiring
educators belonging to NEA student
programs around the country.
“I’m very passionate about
becoming a teacher, and I feel as
though SEAM has given me so many
opportunities to meet other people
who are as passionate as I am,” said
Westfield State University student
Megan Juchno, SEAM’s student
There are SEAM chapters at
Westfield, Bridgewater and Fitchburg
state universities. Even though SEAM
is primarily at public universities,
Juchno said, the organization felt it
was important to connect with students
College in Dudley has a SEAM
Because many teachers leave the
profession within their first five years,
the MTA felt it was important to begin
developing leadership and professional
skills within the ranks of higher
education students planning teaching
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have experiences that I know will help
me once I am a practicing teacher,”
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