A s a candidate for MTA Vice President, I understand that our members drive public education. There is no more important
institution in our country than our public school
system. It is the “great equalizer” because every
child has a chance to succeed in life. It is where the
American success story begins.
Our schools and educators provide the one place
where many students know they will be safe and
secure. We all share the same vision for our students.
Too often, educators take the blame for students the
state has labeled as failing. We are not failing these
students. We have an obligation to ourselves, our
students, and our communities to advocate for sound
education policy from preK to higher education.
However, we must never forget that the
Massachusetts Teachers Association is a labor
union. It’s why we were created, it’s why we exist,
and why we must work to advance and protect our
members’ economic and professional interests. We
must guarantee that the MTA is a member-driven
organization, and that our direction comes from our
members. We must ensure that every member has a
voice and every local is engaged.
I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the MTA
Board of Directors, and I am proud of my voting
record. I’ve served on the MTA Education Policy and
Practice Committee and the Environmental Health
and Safety Committee, and I am a member of the
Large Locals Task Force. I’ve attended numerous
MTA Annual Meetings and NEA Representative
But most importantly, I am a fifth-grade
teacher and a member and President of the Taunton
Education Association. I believe that actions speak
louder than words. My record shows that I’ve
successfully advocated for sound education policy
while at the same time protected our members’
During my time as President, I negotiated an
inclusion agreement that provided a minimum of
five special educators in every elementary school.
I initiated discussions with the superintendent and
the School Committee that led to a collaborative
endeavor resulting in the Taunton School
Committee becoming the first in the state to sign
on to the National Resolution Against High-Stakes
I’ve demonstrated my ability to organize and
mobilize TEA members on issues that are important
to them, all the while protecting members’ economic
interests, wages, and benefits. I am proud of our
achievements in Taunton.
I will bring this type of leadership to the office
of MTA Vice President. I am a proven leader. Let’s
work together to make sure that in our association,
every local is engaged and every member matters.
This is why I’m asking for your vote.
I look forward to seeing you at the MTA Annual
Meeting of Delegates on May 9 and 10!
A rticle VII, Section 2B( 2), of the MTA Bylaws provides for an alternative nomination
process for President and Vice President
at the Annual Meeting of Delegates:
a. Nomination papers may be obtained
at the Annual Meeting from the
b. Nomination papers must be signed
by 200 of the registered delegates
with the same limitations as
described in Section 2B(1)b of the
c. Nomination papers must be filed
with the Credentials and Ballot
Committee prior to the close of the
first business session.
d. The committee will certify that the
nomination papers comply with
the requirements in Sections 2B(1)
b, 2B( 2)b and 2B( 2)c of the MTA
Bylaws. Upon certification, the
candidate’s name will be placed on
the ballot for the office sought.
A candidate who has not previously
filed papers can obtain nomination
papers from the Executive Director-
Treasurer or his/her designee at the
podium after the opening of the first
business session of the Annual Meeting
of Delegates. The candidate(s) must then
file the nomination papers with the chair
of the Credentials and Ballot Committee
through the podium assistant prior to the
close of the first business session.
T he Credentials and Ballot Committee will process the nomination papers for certification
in accordance with the established
procedure and will certify the papers if
they are in compliance with the MTA
As the last item of business prior
to the close of the first business session,
the chair of the Credentials and Ballot
Committee will present a supplementary
(amended) report of the committee by
reading into the record the names of
those who have requested nomination
papers for President and/or Vice
The Credentials and Ballot
Committee will ensure that the names
of all certified candidates for President
and/or Vice President will appear on the
ballots. Sufficient space will be available
on the ballots to allow for the names of
certified additional candidates under the
supervision of the committee.
Alternative nomination process is available under MTA rules
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