Hundreds of MTA volunteers needed for 2017 event in Boston
By Jean Conley
T he National Education Association Representative Assembly will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
from June 30 to July 5 — and the MTA will serve as
host to the thousands of delegates from around the
country who will set the priorities and policies of the
3-million-member association for the next year.
The chair of the Host Committee for the event is
Julia Monteiro Johnson, a longtime MTA activist.
Does she find it daunting that Boston will host
the primary legislative and policymaking body
of the NEA, which also happens to be the largest
democratic deliberative body in the world?
Well, yes, says Monteiro Johnson. But she is
quick to add that her excitement far outweighs any
She wants delegates and volunteers to
experience what she did when she attended her first
RA in California. She has been to at least a dozen
“All I can say about it is that you walk into a
convention center and you look up — and everybody
you see is somehow connected to public education,”
Monteiro Johnson said. “It’s absolutely amazing.
They are committed to doing the business that needs
Monteiro Johnson, now retired after 31 years
as a library teacher and department chair in the
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, says she
is finally able to donate the time and the energy to
the things that she wants to be involved in. She adds
that having a husband who serves as her “driver and
support system” is a big help.